Sweet T’s soul food restaurant now open at 11th and Oak

Can fried chicken and coaster-sized cinnamon rolls take the bad mojo out of a restaurant location? Shawn and Devan Taylor think so.

The storefront at 1124 Oak, tucked into the street level of a parking garage, has seen more than its share of restaurants come and go: the Silver Spoon Cafe, Latin Bistro Express, Barbosa’s Express, to name a few. But restaurateurs Devan and Shawn Taylor, who also operate a drive-through and carryout version of Sweet T’s in Blue Springs (they briefly had a soul food restaurant in Olathe as well), have positive feelings about their three-week-old Sweet T’s at 11th Street and Oak.

“We thought the location would be a good idea,” Shawn Taylor says. “The rent was reasonable, and we felt the city would embrace us. We thought we’d at least try. And we’ve been busy.”

Sweet T’s offers fried chicken, fried fish, pork chops and brisket in various meal sizes: a Snack Pack, for example, offers a piece of fish or chicken, cornbread, and one side for $5.99; the Double Plate serves up four pieces of chicken or fish, a square of dense cornbread, and two sides for $9.99.

Lunch business has been brisk, Shawn Taylor says, because most patrons want their food to go, although the dining room will seat up to 25. Currently, the restaurant’s hours are 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

“Everything — except the corn and green beans — is made from scratch,” Shawn Taylor says. “We stew our own collard greens, bake our own cornbread. It’s an all-scratch kitchen.”

Sweet T’s offers an all-you-can-eat special for $10.99 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

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