Celebrating its 8th year in Gladys, Rosie’s Cozy Kitchen specializes in homemade subs and Mennonite baked goods. Owners John and Lareen Zehr took over the business in October 2018, and decided to keep the original name and feel of the restaurant.
Zehr—originally from Gladys—says, “Why change a good thing? When Rosie’s opened, the focus was a sub shop. They also had some baked goods. When we took over we didn’t change anything other than expanding on primarily the baked goods section to get a little more variety in that area.”
With Virginia in Phase 2 of reopening, Rosie’s offers call-ahead service, curbside pickup, and in-store shopping. Zehr notes, “We are happy to offer curbside services any time if someone prefers not to come in.” They have also “attempted to arrange the store to accommodate for social distancing, especially with the seating. Trying to keep things safe for everybody. The only thing we don’t actually offer is a drive through window.”
During the initial COVID-19 restrictions Zehr says, “Business didn’t suffer. We were actually busier during that time frame. Not sure why were busier, but we were. We felt blessed.” Attributing it to their bakery section he says, “It was partly because bread and rolls were hard to come by; the stores were selling out, but we had those available.”
Though the restaurant is a sub shop, it also offers bakery items, homemade rolls, chicken salad, potato salad and sometimes specialty items, such as shoofly pie and mocha cheesecake. They often sell out of items fast, and say, “People sometimes come in expecting or hoping to grab a certain item, and sometimes we will be out of it. People can always call in orders ahead of time, or call and see what we have in, and we will reserve it for them to come pick up.”
Something that makes Rosie’s stand apart is their early hours and breakfast menu. For breakfast they have breakfast subs, “egg, ham, bacon, and we have cinnamon rolls and sometimes donuts, but they sell out quick.” Their current hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8-7, Wednesday 8-6, and closed on Sunday.
As this week is the restaurant’s 8th anniversary, they are planning to have an anniversary special. “Last year for our 7th anniversary, we did 7% off. We are doing something different this year, but we haven’t announced it yet.” Zehr added that currently they post specials and information regularly on their Facebook Page, “Rosie’s Cozy Kitchen,” and also on their Instagram, “Rosies7943.” They are also in the process of launching a website, so stay tuned to the Facebook page to see when that is up and running.
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