K-n-K Kitchen shuts down
While no official statement has been made by the owners of K-n-K Kitchen in Goreville, a sign posted on its front door Wednesday announced, “Closed, Sorry, We Tried” and was signed, “Shorty.”
“Shorty” is co-owner Keith Jones, who opened K-n-K Kitchen a little more than a month ago with partner Kimberly Shaw.
Staff members from the restaurant said they were told Tuesday night not to return the following day as the restaurant would not reopen, sources say. Goreville mayor Larry Vaughn said he has not received a call from the owners and had no further information to provide, only saying he hopes the situation is able to resolve itself and allow the restaurant to reopen once again.
Several people unaware of the closing pulled into the parking lot for lunch Wednesday afternoon only to discover the doors locked. Some said they were returning to give the restaurant “one more chance” as previous dining experiences were unsatisfactory.
“I wanted the food to be good, but …,” a gentleman said. “My wife and I have eaten here twice since they opened and each time we were a little upset with the quality of the food, but left it as them just needing to work out some bugs as they settled in.”
Other speculation on the restaurant’s closing was its inability to continue to make payroll, but this has not been confirmed. No one was present at the restaurant and the lights were turned off on the inside and no information was available on whether or not K-n-K was closed to reorganize or closed permanently.
In the meantime, Delaney’s on Broadway was accommodating the overflow as hungry patrons looking for lunch headed downtown. Owners of Delaney’s called in additional staff to help with the unexpected rush and said they were shocked the restaurant closed its doors after only a month of being in business.
As more information is made available the Goreville Gazette will update this story.