Visitors to the Prentice Travel Center may notice a new business located in the space formerly occupied by the Prentice Family Restaurant. The Crossing Point Cafe, owned by Jessie Gillett and fiance Jim McKittrick, started serving customers on June 5, only a handful of days after the Prentice Family Restaurant shuttered its doors.
Gillett, a five year employee of the Prentice Family Restaurant and local resident, said the opportunity to launch her own business and keep her coworkers employed was too good to miss.
“I saw the effect it had on everyone who works here when they found out the restaurant was going to be closing, so I talked it over with my fiance and we decided this was something we wanted to do,” said Gillett.
“I really enjoy working in the food industry and being around people. You get to know your regular customers and have a place in the community.”
Years ago, when Gillett was a student at Prentice High School, she worked at the establishment that stood at this location before the Family Restaurant, a local favorite known as the Crossroads. In a nod to that original business, Gillett chose to name her restaurant the Crossing Point.
“Everyone has been excited about a local person owning this place again,” she said.
The menu will remain familiar to the regular diners, although some new dishes will be added over time. Currently, a new salad bar is being offered to customers. For Gillett, the must-try dish is smothered chicken, topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, and melted swiss cheese. The restaurant also serves breakfast all day.
Regulars will find the same staff working at the Crossing Point, although Gillett will be hiring some new employees as well.
The Crossing Point is be open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A full menu and daily specials can be found on the Crossing Point’s Facebook page.