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People have missed seeing her at the restaurant as frequently and have been often asking the question, "Where's Betty." So we wanted to take the opportunity to answer that question and give an update of the continued future of Betty's Country Cooking. NOTE: Betty's Country Cooking is a long time advertiser in ColumbiaMagazine.com's Daily What's Cooking
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By Dr. David "Mitchell" Sneed
COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY - there's "no place like home" for all of the people who love and have lived in Adair County. All the people that are still in the community show their love and caring nature in amazing ways. Individuals, families and businesses in Adair County have made it what it is today, and there are so many blessings found in the history of Columbia. The same may be said for my sister, Donna, and I, as our mom, Betty Ollestad, and Betty's Country Cooking are amongst those blessings. Our mom has been in business in Columbia for nearly 30 years and feels that service to God through her restaurant in Adair County is what she has always been meant to do.
As a writer and Betty's son, I am not trying to compare mom to the many gracious people in Adair County, but want to count her amongst them as she is commonly referred to as "Granny Betty," "Miss Betty," and other monikers from people in the community that love her. People have missed seeing her at the restaurant as frequently and have been often asking the question, "Where's Betty." So we wanted to take the opportunity to answer that question and give an update of the continued future of Betty's Country Cooking.
The first and most often asked - "Where's Betty?" You should be seeing her around more often but considering she's been in the restaurant business for 40 years, and worked most of them, the continued long hours can take a toll. Thanks to Charlie & Fern Roy, Betty start in the restaurant business began at Druthers in the late 1970s.
Then she helped manage the Fletcher's Country Inn for a number of years before opening Betty's Country Cooking 29 years ago. Now, as she moves through her 70's, we've been trying to free her from the daily demands of management and long hours. If you know Betty, you also know that a huge factor in keeping her away, until recently, was caring for her two little Shih Tzu's - Half-Pint & Little Bit. Both have now passed on and she is now moving forward.
The second most asked question - "Has Betty sold the restaurant?" This is a quick and easy answer... "No, she hasn't." Honestly, we looked at that, as well as other options, but it always came back to two issues for Betty - her customers and her employees. You see, this is a "family business." Not in the traditional sense of family operators (although we greatly appreciate Rich Ollestad and Sherry Williams and other family members for their service) but more because of the people who often eat more of their meals with us than at home each week AND also because of current and past employees, who are also "family." We've had so many long-term employees over the years, that we should write a book about them - or have them write a book on the gossip at the "Liar's Table" as one table is dearly referred to.
Who's in charge? Is another question we are often asked. Truthfully, that's been a challenge that we've been working out. Betty has been and continues to be the owner - period. However, we've been trying to make a transition to give her space and time away from the daily grind. Here's where we are today:
We hope you'll continue to enjoy the food and service of Betty's Country Cooking - Columbia. -- Dr. David "Mitchell" Sneed
This story was posted on 2017-08-02 09:38:41
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