Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Southern cooking heads to Racine's Main Street at Mrs. Betty's Kitchen

Southern cooking heads to Racine's Main Street at Mrs. Betty's Kitchen

  • 0

RACINE — An empty Downtown storefront will get a facelift as a Racine resident plans to revamp the Main Street location into a southern cuisine restaurant.

Kimyron Bonner, 37, plans to reopen the vacant spot at 327 Main St., as Mrs. Betty’s Kitchen, a breakfast and lunch restaurant named for his grandmother.

Bonner said he has a degree in culinary arts and has been working toward the goal of opening his own restaurant.

Mrs. Betty's Kitchen

The site of the future Mrs. Betty’s Kitchen, 327 Main St., Racine, is pictured on Thursday. It’s expected to open in December.

He said he hopes to open the restaurant in early December.

Bonner’s remodel will be funded, in part, with a White Box Program grant of up to $11,420, approved by the city’s Redevelopment Authority at its Thursday evening meeting. The Authority acted on the recommendation of the Downtown Area Design Review Committee.

The City of Racine started the White Box Program this year, which aims to financially assist owners of older buildings to bring them up to code and drive in new tenants to open businesses. Bonner had the permission of the property owner to apply for the grant as a tenant.

The city originally allocated $100,000 for the program from its intergovernmental revenue fund — money brought into Racine through growth in communities where the city provides sewer service. After the program proved popular, the city replenished the funds with an additional $150,000 mid-year.

Kimyron Bonner



Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.


Sari Lesk covers the City of Racine, Gateway and UW-Parkside. She is new to the community and moonlights as an amateur baker.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • 4 min to read

When Andrea Beaugrand-Jorgensen was diagnosed with colon cancer in February at the age of 39, there were things she did not have, like health insurance.

Working part-time, she did not have $800/month to buy into her employer’s benefits package.

However, as is typical of people who are genuine and kind, she was rich in people who loved her.

Beaugrand-Jorgensen’s friends and family did not want to just talk about supporting her, they wanted to do something really meaningful to ease her situation.

The first effort, a GoFundMe page, was launched in late February by Malacara and has raised about $23,000 to date, helping cover medical costs and also a trip for Beaugrand-Jorgensen to take to Disney World with her daughter.

And that was just the start of it.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alert

Breaking News