Old “Rosie’s” Ready For Monday Opening

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Eagerly awaiting their first cup of a special “Momma’s Blend” coffee received as a Best-Wishes gift from Carter County’s Goose Bridle Coffee Roasters, the staff at Momma’s Kitchen are preparing to serve many returning customers early Monday morning (January 20, 2020). 

When the new “Momma’s Kitchen” sign went up at the longtime location of the former Rosie’s Restaurant near the Carter/Boyd County line, news spread like wildfire around the world as generations of local diners shared the story.

Returning patrons will find familiar faces ready to serve up the new menu at Momma’s Kitchen, with several previous “Rosie’s Restaurant” servers, cooks, and a veteran dessert maker on the team for the new restaurant.

An extensive menu has been posted on the Momma’s Kitchen Facebook page. Momma’s Kitchen is scheduled to welcome it’s first wave of breakfast customers at 5 a.m. January 20, 2020.

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The Story Shared Round The World – More than 20,000 Carter County Post readers viewed this story announcing plans for the former Rosie’s Restaurant:


Sisters Rachel and Tabby Sexton both started working at Rosie’s Restaurant when they were only

14 years old.

Years have since passed and the old pay phone out front is long gone, but the sisters from Rush plan to soon re-open the former café as Momma’s Kitchen and bring back the homemade tastes that made the place famous with local diners.

“We have a lot of work left to do,” Rachel Sexton said, adding they hope to feed their first guests as early as next week.

Nancy Daniel, who worked at Rosie’s for a dozen years “15 years ago or longer” visited the Sexton sisters this week as they planned and worked toward the reopening. Daniel, whose pies and cakes were among the reasons customers loved Rosie’s, will be returning to the kitchen to make “all homemade” desserts for Momma’s Kitchen.

“Banana Split Cake, cream pies, blackberry cobblers, homemade rolls and biscuits – everything will be homemade,” Daniel said.

Tabitha “Tabby” Sexton said family-friendly flavors will be featured, with meats locally sourced from Opell’s.

“We really like the hot sausage from there.”

Unlike the Rosie’s of old, the new restaurant will be smoke free, and open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. instead of around the clock.

In addition to their memories of working at Rosie’s, the Sextons have a family connection to the building they’ve spent the past couple of months renovating. Their great-grandmother Edith Hall opened the establishment as a grocery store nearly 100 years ago. The establishment’s namesake,  Rosie, was the next ownerthe sisters explained.


Graduates of East Carter High School, Tabby and Rachel Sexton said Momma’s Kitchen may be open as early as “not this Monday but next Monday. We have a lot to get done.”

Momma’s Kitchen is located at 8869 US 60, Rush Kentucky. For more information, visit the new restaurant’s Facebook page. Carter County Post will also provide follow-up coverage of the restaurant’s opening.

Story and Photos by TIM PRESTON


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