Mr. Goodcents opens its doors in Baldwin
There's a new place to eat in Baldwin City.
Mr. Goodcents, 912 Ames St., opened a little more than a week ago in the newly developed FireTree Plaza.
The fast food franchise, which is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 .m. Sunday, serves sub sandwiches pastas, soups and salads.
Owner Paul Mayse said business has been steady for the past week.
"A lot of people commented they were waiting for us to get open," he said. "A lot said they had been driving by waiting to see the open sign."
He said he decided to open Mr. Goodcents in Baldwin because of the community.
"I thought Mr. Goodcents would be good for the college and the town," he said. "And I like being in small communities. In the smaller communities people know everybody. I don't know anybody yet, but hopefully in time, that will all change."
Even though this is the first Mr. Goodcents for Baldwin, this isn't Mayse's first time owning one.
Four years ago, Mayse opened a Mr. Goodcents in Tonganoxie.
"It's the smallest location a Mr. Goodcents has ever been in," he said.
While he was there, he said the sandwich shop won the Pyramid award, which is awarded based on the restaurant's customer satisfaction, operations, sales, administration and profit. It is the highest award the Mr. Goodcents corporation gives out.
"That was pretty nice," Mayse said.
Last year the Tonganoxie restaurant was also awarded the Pioneer award for its successful breakfast, which Mayse said he might start in Baldwin in the future.
With a staff of 14, and manager Tammie McCutchen from the Tonganoxie restaurant, Mayse said he hopes to carry the success he experienced with Mr. Goodcents in Tonganoxie over to Baldwin.
"We want to give the best service," he said, "friendly, clean, fast and good."
Mayse said he thinks the location of the restaurant along U.S. Highway 56 will be convenient for most people.
"It's not very far from the high school and not very far from the college," he said. "And I'm hoping the schools will want to use us for special occasions."
He said he also plans to help the schools out by offering coupons for academics and athletics and sponsor cards for clubs.
"I'd really like to do some things with the schools," he said.
Mayse said he would like Mr. Goodcents to become another fixture in the community.
"My intention is not to run anybody out of town," he said, "it's to help add to the town."