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Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen making big changes in response to COVID-19

When Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen was shutdown because of the virus, owner Mitch McCamey took his business plan and threw it away.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 10:37 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 9:40 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- On Monday, we checked in on Amsterdam Deli. They rolled with the punches by providing more outdoor seating as a result of the coronavirus health regulations. A small, yet effective and so far, a popular change.

Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen owner, Mitch McCamey, is taking things to the extreme. When KOK was shutdown because of the virus, he took his business plan and threw it away.

"I had been really unhappy with KOK for a really long time," McCamey said. "How it operated, our food, our culture and I had been unable to change it because we were moving."

Unhappy to the degree that he almost decided to shut down, but then he saw opportunity. Opportunity to change and an opportunity to build he restaurant that fits the mold of a post-COVID-19 business.

"We basically had to build a new business model on how we could be successful," McCamey said. "Took it completely apart and turned it into something completely different."

Some changes: out with the old menu, in the with the new. Faster service. No more made-to-order. Fundamentally changing the restaurant. A situation of adapt or die or when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. McCamey used what could have been an end to his business as a chance to provide the best environment for his staff and customers.

"It's going to be more affordable, it's going to be more family friendly," McCamey said. "I feel like anyone who loved our food before is going to love it more."

McCamey doesn't have a set reopening date as of right now. He said he hopes to be open sometime in July. He's also the owner of Neon Pig, which is reopening their dine-in service on June 8.

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