For owner Jami Lawrimore, of Pierce City, it is a dream come true.
"I've always wanted to do this," she said. "I've always wanted to make people happy. I love to cook. It's my passion. Now, I can do both."
The Lawrimore family, which includes husband, Bryant, and children, Seth, Jeremiah and Jacob, didn't jump into the restaurant business on a whim.
"We've worked hard to get the restaurant," she said. "We believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that God's favor is on this. I am so excited."
Lawrimore doesn't plan to offer the standard frozen-then-grilled fare.
"Prime Cut in Monett is providing all of our meat," she said. "It's fresh -- never been frozen. All of our fries are hand cut, as are the onion rings. We have a baker on staff who will make mini bread loaves to serve with dinner, along with regular or honey butter."
The restaurant will offer two basic menus -- lunch and dinner.
"The lunch menu will include patty melts, Frisco melts, pepper jack melts, a Reuben and hand pattied eight-ounce hamburgers, salads, stuffed potatoes and a daily hot plate meal," Lawrimore said. "Customers will be happy to know that these meals will be grilled over an open flame or cooked on a flat grill to order. We expect lunches to average about seven to eight minutes from order to table."
These in-and-out lunches will average between $7 and $9. Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Dinner will offer more upscale cuisine, including rib eye and Kansas City strip steaks, filets and prime rib. Other entree selections will include chicken fried chicken, Hawaiian chicken, smothered chicken, and regular or buffalo tenders and burgers.
"Our stuffed potatoes are two-pound spuds that are fully loaded," Lawrimore said. "Our salads are huge and colorful."
The pasta selection will include spinach Alfredo, chicken Alfredo or spaghetti and meatballs.
"The baker will also have a variety of pies, cakes and other desserts, made fresh daily, available to top off the meal," Lawrimore said.
The cost of a dinner at The Family Room will range from $11 to $18, depending on the entree. Each dinner will feature a salad, mini bread loaf, potato and vegetable of the day. Lunch and dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
"Our goal is to offer the best in family dining," Lawrimore said.
The facility features a banquet room for private events and a separate dining area for guests who prefer not to dine in an area where there are children.
"We will not serve alcohol," Lawrimore said. "This is a family-oriented environment."
Promoting the theme of family, Lawrimore will have photos of her own family posted throughout the facility, including her parents, Tami and Doug Gripka. Other decor will feature truisms of faith, family and friendship.
"Our mission is to provide the best restaurant experience by serving exceptional food and outstanding service with attitudes that honor God, Our Father," Lawrimore said. "We will treat every customer as a member of our family and welcome them to The Family Room."