Kitchen Repose in Downtown Williamsport Offers Healthy Food the Easy Way | Business
Williamsport, PA – Healthier food options – with more convenience – are the foundation of Williamsport’s newest restaurant.
The convenience of accessing food was logistically exasperated by the coronavirus pandemic, as millions suddenly had no idea where their next meal was coming from.
Carnie Datres has found a way to simultaneously address this problem while creating a sustainable business model for herself.
Kitchen Repose, located at 145 West 4th St. in Williamsport, is a “meal preparation / delivery service” that has its own take-out store across from Plankenhorn’s Stationary.
According to a statement from the Williamsport / Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce, “Kitchen Repose is a coffee shop and meal preparation / delivery service. Meal orders can be placed online on our website. We offer home meal delivery in Williamsport and surrounding areas. “
The statement also said that “the café will also host fun classes, educational events and workshops.”
Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter was on hand for the official opening.
“The food is fantastic. We are happy to welcome them to downtown Williamsport, ”Slaughter said before the official opening.
Jason Fink, President / CEO of the Williamsport / Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce, was optimistic about Kitchen Repose and the work Datres is doing.
“I think Carnie will do very well. Definitely something more people are considering as a way to take care of dinner. Along with the showcase, it should help her grow more by exposing people to whatever she is capable of, ”said Fink.
Ahead of the official cup outdoors, Fink mentioned that everyone could be together indoors faster if they get the COVID-19 shot.
“If people want the governor to remove the mask order, we only need 7% more from the state to get the shot. In fact, we could see this accomplished by the end of June, ”continued Fink.
Datres graduated from Penn State with a degree in nutritional science and became a registered dietitian before entering the business world.
“After spending a few years working in hospitals providing nutrition counseling, I realized I wanted to take a more hands-on, preventative approach to nutrition,” said Carnie Datres, Founder of Kitchen Repose.
“As a side concert, I spent a summer making breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for a family friend and realized that many more would probably benefit from a service. delivery of local and healthy meals, ”continued Datres.
In 2014, Datres built a licensed kitchen in their basement that offered dinner delivery options.
“As a solo show, I stayed busy shopping, preparing, cooking, packing and delivering meals throughout the region while bringing three children into the world,” she explained.
In 2019, it changed its name with hopes of expanding its home delivery services only to include classes, workshops, events and in-person opportunities.
Then, in August 2020, Kitchen Repose moved to downtown Williamsport and recruited more kitchen staff and delivery drivers.
Kitchen Repose has already served the community at large, providing service to many nonprofits in the area, including the Kiwanis; Williamsport Junior League; and AIDS Resource, which serves 10 counties in NorthCentral Pa.
Since the pandemic, AIDS Resource has had to revamp many of its services, such as meal delivery.
“We switched to them in the fall. Their food is amazing. It’s nutritious and delicious. I have lost 70 pounds in the past year, ”said Kirsten Felix Burkhart, executive director of AIDS Resource.
If the mayor and head of a local nonprofit are fans of Kitchen Repose, it looks like their clients are too.
“One of our customers sent us a note saying, ‘If I were the type of journalist I would have written yesterday: Dear diary, I just ate the best chicken salad ever'” , Burkhart said of Kitchen Repose.
Datres is confident about the future of her business.
“We are constantly coming up with new ideas,” Datres said.
“We want to continue to develop door-to-door delivery, expanding our reach beyond the Williamsport area.”
“We want to reactivate cooking classes and events soon. A little further, we hope to take our business model to new places, ”she said.