Fork in the Road: My Sister's Kitchen is a gluten-free, nut-free oasis
What started as finding a way to provide for her family while staying at home has expanded to two businesses for the Bargdill family in Waterville.
When baby number two was on the way, Rachael Bargdill wanted a way to make money while staying home. It led to selling gently used clothing online.
“People started asking to come to my house and I just had it all in totes.” Rachael Bargdill, owner, My Sister’s Closet and My Sister’s Kitchen says.
With business booming Rachael moved My Sister’s Closet out of the house - to a building in downtown Waterville.
“it really was amazing and we redid the building downtown.” Bargdill says, then, she cooked up another idea — launching a restaurant - My Sister’s Kitchen - next door.
“That just came about because we really needed it in this town, my family needed it. I’m busy working here all the time, so we just don’t have a lot of time at home to cook healthy meals.” Bargdill recounts.
One of Rachael’s children has a life-threatening peanut allergy, and Rachael eats gluten-free, these dietary restrictions helped shape the menu.
“We wanted a place that was completely peanut and tree nut free, that had options for people who can’t eat sugar, options for people who can’t eat nuts, or can’t eat gluten.” Rachael says, the restaurant is also a perfect companion for her shoppers.
“We have a ton of people from out of town who come here, so we have people come from Kansas City all the time, Topeka, you know we have people travel from hours away, and that was another thing they didn’t have any place to eat.” Bargdill says.
My Sister’s Kitchen has only been open a month, but they already have regulars who like to come by the shop for an after-school snack. I asked them what they liked for snack and they all agreed, ice cream sundaes.
“Either cookies ‘n’ crème and salted caramel.” Callie says
“Vanilla, or chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, or cookies and crème.” Ava says.
“Caramel sauce, and cherries and whipped cream, and chocolate chips, and Oreos…and sprinkles.” Chad says.
The restaurant also allows the Bargdill family to spend more time together, they can gather in the restaurant for meals before continuing with work or heading home.
“It has been really convenient, I will say, just you know, we can always eat over there, have snacks over there.”
I asked the young regulars why people should come try My Sister’s Kitchen.
“’Cause it’s very good and it’s delicious.” Chad says.
“Come in and see us.” Ava says.
My Sister’s Kitchen is open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM Friday through Tuesday, and open 7:00am to 8:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday.