New Business – M&K’s Southern Style Kitchen
Meet the owners and operators of M&K’s Southern Style Kitchen in Leland, NC.
Why was 2020 the right time to open your business?
We did not technically open our business this year. We opened in May 2019 at our old location off of Lanvale Road. We decided to relocate in 2020 to a different location that was bigger and had indoor seating. We are not open inside just yet due to COVID; we are providing only curbside and delivery until we can get past this hectic time.
What made Leland the ideal location for you?
This is home. The majority of our staff is native to the area. Over the years we have watched our childhood fade and the Leland area grow. The old Pelican Snow/ Mr. Frosty’s location is one building that has been here since we were all kids. We did not want to see it go to waste or some random chain buy it.
What services/products do you offer?
Good old Southern comfort food. Our menu has a total of 56 items: burgers and sandwiches with a twist, pastas, Southern comfort meals, starters, country fixings, soups, salads and even a small menu for the kiddos. Our menu is very friendly for everyone.
What separates you from the competition?
All the plates that come out of our kitchen are made with love, and we take our time with each one. We are a family-run business, and we consider each employee blood related. That’s what you have to do to have a successfully run business and not a high turnover rate.
What has been your leading success so far?
We don’t look for success in our kitchen. We strive to always get better. We love to have the public’s input on our food. We take everyone’s words and apply it to any situation that arises the next day! Any day is a successful one on our end if the customers are happy.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Our first location almost killed us. It wasn’t the best location, and we had no sit-down area for families and that really put a damper on our business. That’s why we decided to move and have a bigger family environment.
How has COVID affected your business?
COVID really hasn’t affected us any. We are still open for curbside and delivery (up to 20 miles).
What can we anticipate from you in the future?
Watch us grow into a large company! We look forward to expanding in the coming years and having some other locations around the area. We will continue to help our community any way possible.
What’s something else you want people to know?
We’ve got some Southern sexy food. We take pride in every meal that goes out, and we hope everyone in the area will come and see us and give us a try.
Want to go?
M&K’s Southern Style Kitchen
Kory Sanderlin, Executive Chef and Owner
403 Village Road, Leland