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Woo Woo! A new store comes to town Welcome Kimball Express-O

It has been a concept in the works since early last year. "The building was vacant since 2000 ... and I started to think of this idea last spring," said co-owner Jamie Cobbs. At that time, he consulted his friend and current co-owner Leo Wirth. Wirth thought that the Kimball Express-O would be a great addition to Kimball. "I thought that it would be a different type of atmosphere than other places in town," commented Wirth. "Our initial idea was to create a fun environment where kids and families could hang out," stated Cobbs. In October, the Kimball Express-O restaurant became more than a vision. It opened its doors to the public. Now kids, families and seniors alike have a new place to eat. "With the train tracks [nearby], I thought it would be neat to incorporate the train theme [into Kimball Express-O]," said Cobbs. Cobbs and Wirth have developed a clean, hip atmosphere in their new business. It is decorated with a fun '50s-style diner theme, complete with the black and white checkered floor. The walls are adorned with railroad signs and black-and-white photographs which continue the railroad theme. There is also a small back corner where high school kids have posted different memorabilia and pictures. There are even crayon colored pictures made by children visitors along the front wall. This makes the restaurant feel like a hometown hangout enjoyed by everyone. Cobbs and Wirth sat back, laughed with one another and said that they were two fun guys. They want to incorporate this part of their personality into the store. With the special of the day being the "I wish I were in Hawaii" pizza, it seems that they have accomplished this The menu at Kimball Express-O includes a variety of pizzas, soups, salads and sub sandwiches. Cobbs and Wirth commented that they want to add more to the menu in spring, including espresso, more salads and possibly ice cream. "Business is picking up," said Wirth. "We seem to have a pretty equal lunch and supper crowd." Kimball Express-O is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. It is located downtown next to next to Knaus Sausage House.