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  • Poppy's Pizza and More opens in St. John

  • Poppy's Pizza and More takes over the Humble Pie pizzeria formerly owned by Nate Humble of Pratt.
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  • Those with a keen eye for details may have noticed a change in the businesses on St. John’s square as Humble Pie is replaced with Poppy’s Pizza and More.
    Tammy Menkhoff, and her husband Mike recently purchased the pizzeria on the southwest corner of the square from Nate Humble, Pratt.
    “Probably craziness more than anything is the reason I bought it,” Menkhoff jokes. “Actually, it started when Nate was struggling at the first of the year. I took over as manager and me and the crew we hand working then made it better than it has ever been that kind of made me want it to be mine.”
    As the business gets rolling under the new owners, Menkhoff stated there would not be a lot of changes right away. Anything with the name Humble in it will have to be changed, but the recipes will stay much the same as they are now. The once Humble Pie pizza will now be called the Mixer, a name derived from Menkhoff’s maiden name of Mix.
    The business name came from her father Larry Mix. Menkhoff stated that they always called her father Poppy so she named the place Poppy’s Pizza and More.
    A cinnamon dessert pizza was added initially along with a pig in a blanket entrée. Soups in the winter, side dishes of macaroni salad, potato salad, bierocks, and an egg roll size rollup of any of the pizzas on the menu are items that are coming to the menu.
    Fresh ingredients are important to Menkhoff, and all their stuff is made from scratch according to Menkhoff.
    Deliveries will be returning soon. Hopefully, the business will support free delivery.
    ”I make my money on
    the pizza,” she said. “If the delivery is free maybe people will be more likely to give the delivery person a bigger tip.”
    The hours will be changed back to closing at 9 p.m., and the only days she plans on being closed are Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. Or in the unforeseen case of equipment failure.
    Menkhoff said the day before she was to sign the papers they had to close early due to a problem with the city electrical hook up. Two days after the interview for this story one of the ovens went down closing the restaurant for a couple days will a new part is shipped in.
    Poppy’s currently employs seven people and Menkhoff is quick to point out they are all local residents.
    “We are completely locally owned and operated,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Poppy’s hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Their phone number is 620-549-6110.
     

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