M&M Meals for the Soul celebrated multiple achievements during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 20.

M&M Meals for the Soul ribbon-cutting

Photo by Jeni McGee

“We’ve had some special things happen since we’ve gone in(to) business here,” said owner and executive chef Marilyn Lolar.

“Some things that we couldn’t even imagine. (I) know it’s a God thing — I take everything as a God thing.”

Lolar and her husband, Kemp, both were on hand, as well as a large group of their customers.

“I thank you and all of our loyal customers,” said Marilyn Lolar.

“I love these people, good people.”

Southern-inspired food

M&M, which is located at 624 N. First St., has been open for four years.

In that time, the restaurant has continued to serve Southern-inspired foods.

During the open house, some of the foods served regularly at the restaurant were offered for free.

Southern-fried apricot pies, Southern peach tea and oven-fried chicken were just some of the recipes.

M&M a Sam’s Club favorite

Marilyn Lolar was notified recently that M&M was named the Sam’s Club Business of the Month for October.

When she was making one of several trips to the bulk warehouse store in east Wichita for supplies, she was told the manager wanted to see her.

“I couldn’t have imagined what Geneva was going to say, when she said we were business of the month,” Lolar said.

M&M was given the award during the Oct. 20 event.

The eatery now is in the running for the Sam’s Club Business of the Year award.

New chamber member

In addition to the award, M&M also has joined the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber was able to facilitate the ribbon-cutting during the celebratory event.

“(The) Ark City chamber was proud to have the opportunity to celebrate, with a huge community of customers, in the blessing of this truly unique restaurant that seeks to feed the body and soul,” said Chamber President Kammy Downs.

“We want to uplift God. Every time you come, we want you to have a pleasant eating experience,” Lolar said.

“That’s all we really want to do, is make good food.”