Come once and you're family
by Daniel Gaddy
Aug 08, 2012 | 1494 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teresia Key and her daughter, Mary Martin, right, stand in front of their restaurant, Teresia’s Family Restaurant, in Parrish. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
Teresia Key and her daughter, Mary Martin, right, stand in front of their restaurant, Teresia’s Family Restaurant, in Parrish. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
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PARRISH — Teresia Key and her daughter, Mary Martin, opened up their restaurant in Parrish a lot sooner than they had estimated.

“She told me we would open a restaurant of our own in five years, and two months from the day she said that, we were opening our doors,” Martin said. “I told her, those were the fastest five years of my life.”

Teresia’s Family Restaurant opened three months ago, and both Martin and Key said they have been pleased with the amount of business they have received. “A lot of customers say that if you come in one time, you’re considered family,” Martin said smiling.

Martin grew up in Parrish, and she and her mother know many of their customers very well.

Martin characterizes Teresia’s Family Restaurant as a sit-down place serving homestyle food. She said they try to keep a family, child-friendly environment. There is no smoking and no cursing at Teresia’s.

The business is located at the building that formerly housed Smoky Joes. It initially served as a convenience store, and changed into a deli-style eatery. Martin said that she and her mother worked several months to renovate it into a sit-down restaurant.

Martin said her family has always been involved with restaurants. Key worked as a cook at Uncle Mort’s for 14 years, and Martin started as a server there at age 14. Both of them worked at Lee’s Family Restaurant after Uncle Mort’s closed.

Martin said that throughout their careers, it had been their dream to open their own restaurant.

Teresia’s is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and it closes at 9 p.m. on Friday. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.