As Sioux Falls woman started a little restaurant serving up coffee and comfort food. Now three years later, Lick the Spoon is growing faster than she ever could have imagined.
Steaming hot and ready to devour--there's nothing more comforting on a cold KELOLAND day than a pot pie. And Angela Waltjer's pot pies, either freshly baked or frozen, have been going like hotcakes.
"Every time somebody comes in and they say how much they enjoy your food. I guess that's the most rewarding part," Waltjer said.
Lick the Spoon offers 20 different flavors of pot pies, along with sandwiches and salads. Waltjer initially planned to just open a little coffee shop. But within six months she had to move to a larger location.
Angela Kennecke: What do you credit that to?
Angela Waltjer: Good food.
She came up with the idea to make the pot pies using her grandmother's recipe for the crust.
"It's flakey; it's got a great taste to it. It's different than what people normally use to make crusts, so people have a hard time replicating it," Waltjer said.
Angela Kennecke: It's your trade secret right? You're not going to tell me the recipe or how to make it?
Angela Waltjer: No. I can't tell you.
While Waltjer isn't giving away the secret recipe she will be making it available across town. She plans to open a second Lick the Spoon location in this strip mall at the intersection of East 10th street and Bahnson Avenue this summer.
"We might add a few things to the menu and we are going to do breakfast, lunch and dinner," Waltjer said.
And starting next month, Waltjer will begin selling her pot pies online. She'll take orders and ship them nationwide.
"Kind of like Omaha Steaks. We're looking at that as our business plan to try to imitate," Waltjer said.
And if all goes as planned, Waltjer says her next step may be turning Lick the Spoon into a franchise.
Waltjer's pot pies sell for $8 apiece and she always has an inventory of frozen ones that customers can take and bake at home.