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New business serving up sweets in Downtown Freeport

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FREEPORT (WREX) — A new business serving up sweet treats is coming to downtown Freeport.

Munchies owner, Jahari Allen, has had this vision for a while and is excited to see his and his family's work come to life.

"For me it's just been hard work and dedication," says Allen. "A lot of planning you know reaching out to specific people to learn and educate myself."

The restaurant will feature over 75 varieties of cereal, "Instagram worthy" snacks and treats, hot food and much more.

He hopes that starting this business will help motivate others.

"Just hope to young people, especially African-American males to know that you know no matter where you come from, no matter what you've been through, you could still reach your goals." Allen said.

Allen has not done this alone as he's has had a lot help from his family. One of his younger sons helps taste test, the 4-year-old giving his expert opinion.

"And I also like Frosted Flakes and that kind of tiger cereal," said Allen's son, Nasir Allen.

That's not the only thing Nasir has done, "I helped making eggs," Nasir said. "I just stirred it."

Special help for a business with special meaning. Allen made sure the M, N, and E are highlighted in "MuNchiEs" after his sons' names to show appreciation, but they haven't been the only ones helping.

"It's been tremendous," said Allen. "Especially my grandmother too she's definitely been helping me out a lot."

Allen says he has seen a lot of excitement from the community ready to try out his sweet treats.

Munchies will open on July 31 and will be open on weekends.

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Jemea Green

Jemea Green joined the WREX team as a Multimedia Journalist and Videographer in February of 2021. She attended Northern Illinois University – where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies in May of 2020.

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