BELOIT, Wi. (WREX) — Comfort food is something we've all gravitated toward during the pandemic and it's what Ribs, Reubens and More is dedicated to.
Owner Cornelius Turner opened the soul food restaurant just over five months ago, and he says he's not worried about the impact the pandemic could have on the business.
"I'm not scared of a challenge," says Turner, "I'm invested in myself and the only one that can screw this up is me and I'm not planning on doing that."
Cooking isn't just a way to pay the bills for Turner, it's a family legacy.
"My mother is a wonderful cook and she showed me a lot recipes and then I opened up a restaurant in Milwaukee. I ended up selling it to take care of my father and brother, after they passed, I came here."
With a new restaurant and a fresh start, Turner is ready to welcome the stateline in.
Like the name suggests, the restaurant has a lot to choose from. Classic staples like mac and cheese, okra, pulled pork and ribs. Then there are chicken wings, jerk chicken, catfish and even fresh-baked pound cake.
That doesn't even scratch the surface.
"Customer will come in and they'll choose from this today, this tomorrow, this today, this tomorrow. Every time they come back they get something different and I love it."
All of the recipes are passed down from his mother and father.
"I'm a piece of my mother and I'm just showing them what she taught me, and my father too," says Turner. "He taught me how to barbeque and my mother taught me the greens, the pound cake, the peach cobbler. I think about them every day."
That love for family and food shining through in every bite.
"Come taste the food, I'm putting my all into it and I'll let them [new customers] try a piece of our pound cake and cobbler just as well."
Ribs, Reubens & More is open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.