Q: How long has Perkins been doing business in Worthington?
A: It opened in May 1980. Mark Ring, he was the owner back then, and then Perkins bought it out from him. Now it’s a franchise, not a corporate store.
I've been here since February 1981. I started out as a server and worked my way up as other managers left. I’ve been the general manager here for more than 15 years.
Q: Have there been a lot of changes over the years?
A: We added in the bakery several years ago, and we usually have some kind of renovations about every seven years. Otherwise, not much new has happened.
There’s now late-night bites, which are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. People can now join the MyPerkins eClub and get coupons and special discounts. It doesn’t cost anything; you can join at perkinsrestaurants.com or text ‘PERKS’ to 41208. There are also Perkins gift cards now, and online ordering is something new — we started that within the last month so people don’t have to come inside to order.
Q: What are some of your more popular food items?
A: I’d say breakfast is more of a priority, and our pancakes, omelettes and eggs benedicts are all very popular. But we also have our signature burgers as well as salads … and our chicken strip melt, kids love that. Our bakery, of course, is a big favorite
We’re open 24 hours, and if you don’t go online, you can still call in for to-go orders. And as far as the bakery, you can even do pie reservations for the upcoming holidays.
Q: Are there others who have worked at Worthington’ Perkins as long as you have?
A: Kay — her real name is Karen (Scheitel) — started the year before I did. I’ve worked with a lot of people here over the years. You have to be at least 16, but we hire high school and college students and you don’t have to have experience; we’ll train.
I’ve heard from previous employees that working here is a very good learning experience, and it’s helped them advance in their careers.
Q: What’s kept you here all these years?
A: It’s all about the people and socializing with the regular customers that we’ve had. Some have come and gone … and passed away. Many people have gotten to know me just as well.