Switch gears from bikes to cookies; Benton Woman opens a breakfast

MySaline staff gathered for breakfast on Wednesday morning at a new restaurant in Benton. It’s been a few years since there was a restaurant open at this Benton location, but a new one opened today. Bobbie D’s was recently located in the storefront of 1016 W South Street, with great food, but the pandemic prevented them from continuing there. And so it became empty.

Meanwhile, Denise Whitworth – aka Niecy – was working a few blocks from Holy Roller Bike Shop. She had worked in the restaurant business for 25 years in Texas, but decided to try something else, so she moved to be near her family in Arkansas. Her nephew Scott Elliott needed a manager at the bike shop, and she fit the bill.

One day at one of the shop’s events, a bike clinic in Tyndall Park, Scott said it became really apparent that Niecy still loved running a restaurant. As he recounts, there was a food truck serving the crowd for the event, and a number of kids and their parents showed up hungry. The food truck started to get overwhelmed and Niecy did what felt natural. She jumped out the side door of the food truck and started helping fill orders.

As Scott approached the window to get his food, he was surprised to look up and see her working inside. It was then that they realized that the filling of the community’s collective bellies was still on fire in its own belly. So they started planning how to make it happen again. A few months later, they redecorated that empty space next to Finley’s Pharmacy, practiced the recipes, put together the menus, and did everything else that goes with a full restaurant. This week, the Ministry of Health approved them to open, and they did.

Pictured, left to right: Denise “Niecy” Whitworth and Shelli Poole.

Niecy’s is a breakfast restaurant serving cookies and gravy, omelets, sandwiches and more. They are open at 1016 W South Street Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday until 2 p.m. Find their menu on this link.


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