Hatfield's Goode Grub began as (and still is) a food truck and catering business. After one season the business started to outgrow its small kitchen. Expansion became inevitable. Chef Ken Hatfield ( a descendant of the infamous Hatfields from the famous American family feud between the Hatfields and McCoys) has been a chef for 28 years. He has experienced the world aboard a hospital ship and has been a chef at the House of Blues (Chicago). The chef mixes his international experience with his southern upbringing to create southern comfort fusion food.
Chef Ken met and married his wife Jessi in 2016 and they have worked together along with Jamie "Maw" Norton (Chef's maw) to build and expand the food business.
Jessi had been brainstorming and planning a coffee house for many years before meeting Ken. Once they got together the two ideas became one.
Same amazing food is still served off the truck as well as at off-site events, weddings, and private parties. But, now you can walk in grab a coffee and order that food for dining in or take out.
The expansion continues
In 2019 after a few years in the new space, we expanded once again to the space next door.
We wanted to make a super fun place for adults to socialize and enjoy their community. We wanted a place that would offer live entertainment, comedy, billiards, board games, darts, bowling & other games. Sounds a little unrealistic, but, we got it together. A few month of hard work and we opened the expanded space that we call the Hollar.
We Closed down on March 15th 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and things have been very in the air for months. Should we do carry out? Should we hide at home? Will we ever open again?
So many questions. So we self quarantined for 2 weeks and cleaned the restaurant. We have since opened back up for carry out and things still look a little grim at times. This time has been more challenging for us as a couple and as business partners (that's including Maw of course) then any other struggle we have had over the years in business. And there have been plenty.
The future is still uncertain, but the one thing we know for sure is we will continue to do what we can to serve the community the best quality food, with great southern hospitality. Even with our socially distanced tables and limited bar capacity.
We want to make sure that everyone coming in our space still feels as though they are at families house and feel safe and comfortable. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts and what the future of our place will look like.