MITCHELL, S.D. — Two new eateries in southeast South Dakota are a welcomed change of pace in the downtown where food spots and restaurants are few and far in between.

Sandwich shop Bread and Batter operated only as a seasonal, to-go business across from the Corn Palace for the past two summers. But community support led the shop to now be open all year round, with more seating and a larger menu, the Daily Republic reported.

“We just want to continue to make the community happy and provide a crave-worthy produce that people got to have,” said Kalie Corrigan, who runs the shop with her husband Jim.

The second restaurant is called The Back 40 and will complete its move to Mitchell in March, said Keke Leiferman, who owns the restaurant. The restaurant is expected to combine live acoustic music with a gourmet breakfast menu.

“I don’t see anybody in Mitchell combining food, music and an entire evening of an experience, so I think that’s what might make us unique,” she said.

A certain number of restaurants, bars, convenience stores, retail and residential spaces are necessary to maintain vibrancy in Mitchell’s downtown, said Jeff Logan, owner of Logan Luxury Theatres and president of the Mitchell Main Street and Beyond Board of Directors.

“I’m thrilled to see new restaurants in the downtown area because they provide the variety of services that we need to make it a vibrant neighborhood,” Logan said.

The Corrigans’ model for success to is to keep it simple.

“It’s not too complicated,” Jim Corrigan said. “We want to make some good food, make a few bucks and make people happy.”

Information from: The Daily Republic,

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