Kountry Kitchen Owners Celebrating 15 Years In Smithfield
Customers, employees part of restaurateurs' family.
Kountry Kitchen boasts the best breakfast in town, but you can get lunch and dinner there, too - in a family restaurant where the diners and employees are part of family.
"The atmosphere is great and the food is very good," said Leah Afdasta, a waitress at the restaurant. "Our customers treat us like family here," she said.
"Yes, it's true and I love these kids like they're my own, too," said Marie Delos, who took over the restaurant at 10 Smith Ave. from the previous owners with her husband, Pierre, in 1997.
The French natives moved to Massachusetts in 1970, opening a French restaurant, Chez Pierre, in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vneyard, moving to Edgartown and changing the name to Cafe DuPort before leaving the US to briefly return to France.
They couldn't stay away from the US, and moved back in 1990s, this time to Florida before relocating in New England in Smithfield, buying the Kountry Kitchen May 11, 1997.
Their menu offers American dining staples like chicken Parmesan and pot pie along with croissants, bread pudding and the occasional Crabmeat Benedict topped with Hollandaise sauce & caviar.
Pierre and Marie run the restaurant with their nephews, Thierry "Terry" and Lionel and his wife, Nicole. There are 12 people in the kitchen and 12 on the wait staff.
Pierre has worked as a chef in restaurants all his life. Marie got her first taste of running a restaurant when they opened Chez Pierre, but she's been an expert for a while.
"I really, really love what I'm doing now," Marie said.
"It's more relaxing here," Pierre said.
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