By Betty Gandee
Working in food establishments most of her life, Monica Matheney realized she had a passion for the restaurant business.
Monica grew up in Wallback, married Todd Matheney, and they now have five kids among themselves. Todd has four grandchildren, and Monica recently welcomed her first grandchild into her life.
“Going out to eat with a large family can be expensive and that alone makes it stressful,” says Monica. Her goal is to provide a fun, family atmosphere in Big Otter where families can come in and enjoy a nice home cooked meal at a decent price, enjoy each other’s company and have an all-around good time.
When this opportunity presented itself, Monica jumped into action and approached her pastor, Stewart Cottrell of Wallback United Methodist Church, for guidance and prayer in the endeavor. Along with Pastor Cottrell, David Wayne, Treasurer, turned into family, and was there to offer support along the way.
Monica was proud to open her doors on Thursday, September 12. What made that opening even more special was her son, Franklin Legg, being the first customer in line at 5:30 a.m. to purchase hot breakfast biscuits before work.
Homecooked meals and a nice family atmosphere is what you can expect when you stop in at Monica’s. The hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 12 noon to 10 p.m. Every Sunday there is a special, as well. You can pick up your favorites, including everything from burgers, hotdogs, subs, salads and much more on the run as well by calling 304-993-1856.