Charlotte’s Kitchen foodstuff truck moves into lasting spot in Johnston

At the entrance of Charlotte’s Kitchen, a mosaic of buyer-submitted photos are sprawled together an otherwise unnoteworthy speckled brown countertop. Some are framed, many others not.

There are images of grandmas at birthdays and vacations and hospitals. There’s a grandma beaming at the camera in a magnificent fur coat, turtleneck and shades. One more looks lovingly at her granddaughter, a bride, and the accompanying notice reads, “Grandma’s Preferred Food items: Homemade Noodles, Apple Pie & Fried Okra.”  

“A uncomplicated gal, who asks for pretty small. The man or woman who I am most myself with,” reads an additional. Every single is a touching glimpse into the bond among grandmother and grandchild.

These notes, prepared thoughtfully on scraps of paper, index cards and stationery, all describe own versions of a universal reality: The love of a grandmother is generally unmatched.

Photos of people with their grandmothers are seen ready to be hung at Charlotte's Kitchen in Johnston on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The food truck turned storefront has been operating as a drive-thru until they are ready to fully open in their new space.

In the bones of a former Dairy Queen at 6150 Merle Hay Highway in Johnston, the Charlotte’s Kitchen crew is navigating their speedy growth from food stuff truck to brick and mortar. The chicken sandwich cafe, started by two bold 25-12 months-olds, Michael Hanstad and Robert Doan, is on a mission to make foodstuff the way grandma can make it —full of coronary heart and soul.

And now, as it prepares to open the doors for dine-in support, Charlotte’s Kitchen is soliciting pics from customers of their grandmothers to construct the ultimate matriarchal tribute: The Grandma Wall of Fame.

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