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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • New café opens downtown

  • A Taste of Home is the newest edition to the thriving downtown Waynesville Square. Owned by good friends and business partners, Brittany Pearson and Ed Fowler, the place has already become a hit among Square regulars.
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  • A Taste of Home is the newest edition to the thriving downtown Waynesville Square. Owned by good friends and business partners, Brittany Pearson and Ed Fowler, the place has already become a hit among Square regulars.
    Pearson and Fowler have strong ties to the community on the Square as both serve as deputies for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, on the Pulaski County Emergency Response Team (PCERT), and Fowler is a fire investigator for Waynesville Rural Fire Department.
    Pearson is a Waynesville graduate married to another PCSD deputy, who also works in civil service on Fort Leonard Wood, and has two children. Fowler is originally from North Carolina and found his way to the area through military service.
    Pearson has her roots in the restaurant industry and has managed several, while Fowler has a passion for cooking. They decided to open the restaurant for many reasons, but the main one for Pearson came from a personal hurdle in her life.
    "About five years ago, my son was diagnosed with celiac disease," Pearson said. "Going out to eat was difficult."
    According to WebMD, "Celiac disease is a problem some people have with foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a kind of protein found in foods like bread, crackers, and pasta. With celiac disease, your immune system attacks the gluten and harms your small intestine when you eat these kinds of foods. This makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients that keep you healthy. Gluten comes from grains like wheat, barley, rye, and triticale."
    Pearson said she and Fowler hope to offer wholesome food and keep things on the healthier side. Most meals offered at the restaurant are gluten-free, but they do offer sandwiches. Pearson said the restaurant has no deep fryers and "will never have" deep fryers.
    Fowler grills their chicken and other grilled offerings fresh daily on the barbeque behind the restaurant. The menu is slightly different each day, but the prices remain the same.
    Pearson said they wanted to keep things "simple." All meals include a drink and tax is figured in. For example sandwiches are always $5 and that includes the sandwich, the drink, a bag of chips and the tax.
    "Pick what you want to eat and we'll take care of the rest," Pearson said.
    In addition to offering lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the restaurant is serving a continental style breakfast beginning at 7:30 in the morning and delivery service to the courthouse. Pearson said their cinnamon rolls have become a huge hit with courthouse staff and she can't "keep them" in stock when the cart is wheeled through the courthouse.
    Pearson and Fowler say they just "want to keep it simple for people" and are open to menu suggestions. Both say they want to give people something they will enjoy.

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