Location: 1410 Versailles Road
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday
A chance call brought Susan Tracy – who owned West Main’s Marshall’s Café from 1998 to 2004 – back into the restaurant business.
The Market Café owners in Jettown Plaza asked Tracy one day if she wanted to take over the eatery.
She talked it over with her sister, retired state worker Cynthia Newton, who had helped during Marshall’s busy weekends.
“We discussed it and said, ‘Why not?’” Newton said. “And here we are.”
The siblings opened Two Sisters in January, bringing a menu that should be familiar to regulars at Marshall’s during Tracy’s time there.
Two Sisters is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. It also serves daily lunch specials, but those aren’t set in stone outside of meatloaf on Mondays and catfish on Fridays. All specials offer a choice of two vegetables and either fried cornbread or a yeast roll.
“Everyone says we have the best fried cornbread in town,” Newton says.
Though it’s only been open for about four months, Two Sisters has seen its share of tried-and-true regulars. Some remember Tracy from her days at Marshall’s, but others simply ask.
Newton says a few coffee-club types – it can be up to 20 customers – come in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
These regulars spread the word and that builds business, Newton says. The sisters hope a recently completed facelift at Jett Town Plaza will attract customers.
“We don’t have any money to advertise yet, so everything has just been word of mouth,” she said.
While some siblings may cringe at the thought of working together, Tracy and Newton have developed a system that keeps both happy – Tracy mans the kitchen, Newton covers the dining room.
“We’re sisters, so you know how that is,” said Tracy with a laugh. She cooks every meal at Two Sisters and cooked at King’s Daughters Apartments before opening the restaurant.
“We have our days, but it’s not that bad,” added Newton, who has been a caterer off and on for about 15 years.
Some of the dishes include The Special (two eggs, hash browns, toast or biscuits, and a side of bacon, sausage or city ham, $4.75), The Eye Opener (an egg, hash browns, toast or biscuits and a side of bacon, sausage or ham, $4.50) and the Country Ham Breakfast (two eggs, hash browns, country ham and toast or biscuits, $6.95).
There are morning fixings for early risers and afternoon staples like burgers ($3.95, 30 cents extra for cheese), chicken salad sandwiches ($3.95), soup ($2.95 for a cup, $3.50 for a bowl), pork tenderloin sandwiches ($3.95) and a chef salad ($6.25) plus sides for the lunch crowd.
Two Sisters will also offer a Derby Breakfast special this Saturday, which will include two eggs, country ham, home fries or hash browns, fried apples, grits, biscuits or toast, a side of gravy and a drink for $10.95.
The sisters don’t run the restaurant alone, however. They have two part-time employees. One, Teri Wakeland, worked at the Market Café for 24 years and is a familiar face to regulars who stayed during the transition.
Two Sisters won’t serve dinner any time soon, though. Tracy and Newton work night jobs, and a third meal isn’t in the cards for now.
“We’d be running on empty,” Newton says.
Four months in, there have been few complaints with Two Sisters.
“It’s all been good,” Tracy said of the response. “As far as we know, we haven’t heard anything negative.”