Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

New restaurant is now up and running here

LAUREL —   Mason Tins, a new restaurant that opened in Laurel last week, has lots to offer – delicious food and reasonable prices.

A Laurel family, Chris and Apryl Kizzire, opened Mason Tins on April 22. Chris has put a lot of thought into some of the unique touches used in the restaurant.

People sip their drinks out of a glass that looks like one of the Mason jars used for canning and large metal pie tins are used in place of plates.

“Why do plates have to be plastic or porcelain? At one time or another everyone has eaten that last piece of pie right out of the pie tin,” Chris said. “I love sun tea, and my mother and I used to drink tea out of a Mason jar.”

Close to a month of work went into renovating the building which had previously housed  Bear Country Pizza.

The old carpet was scraped off the floor and a heavy coat of paint was applied.

Booths were removed from the building. Tables were moved in and benches were built along the outer walls.

Log siding was added to the front of the benches, the serving bar and above two fireplaces giving the room a warm, homey feel.

Chris used a butane torch to darken the logs.

“I wanted to give the logs a weathered look – more of an antique look,” he said. “Several times I stayed and worked until two in the morning to get it done.”

Edison bulbs were added to the light fixtures, and a half wall was removed.

Chris put a lot of thought into the design and layout of Mason Tins.

One project at Mason Tins is still in the works.

A portion of one wall has been set aside for a show of patriotism.

An outline of an American flag will be filled in by the signatures of military personnel and veterans that stop in at Mason Tins.

“It will be a living mural,” Chris said. “The outline of the American flag will be painted on the wall. The coloring for the flag will come from the signatures of people in the military and veterans.”

Chris has served in the military for 14 years and has been a Navy reservist since 2000.

He started thinking about opening the restaurant during his deployment to Afghanistan this past year.

He has put a lot of thought into the design and layout of Mason Tins, and he has experience with cooking and food service.

“I cooked in the military. I did three meals a day for 350 people on a ship,” Chris said.

Mason Tins will be serving breakfast Monday through Friday.

The menu includes pancakes, waffles, hash browns, bacon, sausage and eggs although the full menu is not available yet.

Lunch and dinner choices include pizza and sandwiches. Specials are also offered.

Later on desserts will be available and a cookie jar, filled with fresh baked cookies, will be setting on the counter.

“We make our own crust for the pizzas. We also make our own pizza and barbeque sauce. We cut up the potatoes for the hashbrowns,” Chris said. “A lot of our cooking is done from the ground up.”

As much food as possible will come from local venders and farmers, he said.

“Our bacon, sausage and hamburger come from the Wausa Lockers,” he said.

Lunch is available everyday of the week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner/supper can be ordered anytime from 5-9 p.m. Breakfasts are served Monday thru Friday from 6-9 a.m. Breakfast will not be served over the weekend.

Chris is planning on spending a lot of time at Mason Tins which will be open every day of the week.

“I will be here from 5 a.m. to 10 or 10:30 at night with no days off,” he said. “I don’t mind working such long hours when it’s my own business.”

The Kizzire family, which includes 10 year-old Keegan and Aaliyah, who will be two, moved to Laurel three years ago.

Laurel was a familiar place for Apryl as it had been her hometown since she was eight years old. Chris was born and grew up in O’Neill.

Opening day held a special treat for Chris when some of his relatives showed up at Mason Tins.

“My grandma came from O’Neill along with aunts and a bunch of cousins,” Chris said.

Business has been brisk since the very first day Mason Tins was opened.

Residents in the Laurel community even showed their interest and support in the business before opening day.

“An average of three people a day would stop up during the renovation,” Chris said.

Chris appreciates all of the help he received from Earl Mottl in remodeling the building.

“He was like a father figure to me during the renovation,” Chris said.