Kountry Folks Restaurant is an independent restaurant in Riverside, California owned by Pat and Erin House. We have owned the restaurant since October, 1998.
Erin came to Kountry Folks in 1990 as general manager, when it was owned by the RTM Restaurant Group in Atlanta. We were blessed to be able to buy the restaurant in 1998, but not without our share of trials during the purchasing process. It even looked for a while like it might not even happen. One Sunday evening in August or September of 1990, when the negotiations to buy the business were going poorly, we went to the Sunday evening service at Harvest Christian Fellowship. While walking up to the church, I spotted a new white Chevy pickup that had “Is. 41:10” in red letters on the doorpost. I didn’t know that verse, but I remembered it later in the service when my attention started to wander. I grabbed my Bible, looked up the passage, and read:
“Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
I closed my bible and I bowed my head right then and there. I prayed, “OK, Lord, if You want it, You can have it. If want us to own this place, I will commit it to be a ministry for You, however you would lead us.”
God honored my prayYou er that night. The purchasing process was completed soon after, and the rest, as they say, was history. I asked God how we should minister for Him, and I was led to Isaiah 55:11:”So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which.I sent it.”
That is why you will see Bible scriptures quoted in the menu and around the restaurant, and why we have Bibles available for any who need them. I feel God has led us to just put His word out for all to read. I have talked with, and prayed with, many people who have found answers and comfort in God’s word.
From the beginning, it’s been our goal and desire to provide great kountry food and great kountry service in a friendly and welcoming Christian environment. We want Kountry folks to always be a place where folks feel welcome, can get plenty of good food, and perhaps some nourishment for the spirit, too.