A long-awaited dream came true Aug. 6 for Twyla Wallace of Cherokee Village when she opened the doors to her new restaurant called Twyla's.
Wallace signed a one-year lease with the Municipal Recreation Improvement District for the facility on Turkey Mountain.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Wallace said this is her first business venture but she has worked in the food industry since the age of 16 from waitressing to managing.
She got her first taste of food service with an aunt while working at a fair. "I liked it so much, it's in my blood," she said.
Wallace, originally from Louisiana, has incorporated some of her heritage by including Cajun-style cooking on the menu.
Wallace and her husband, John, moved to Cherokee Village four years ago.
When a job offer fell through for her husband in West Plains the couple stopped in Cherokee Village to visit a friend and decided to settle there.
The couple has three children -- Keri, 18, of Hardy; Billy, 22, of Cherokee Village; and Lori, 23, of Kentucky.
Both Billy and Keri have joined their mother in her first attempt at her own business. Billy is the prep cook who came on board Aug. 7. Keri serves as hostess and helps with the register work.
"I love the area. It's beautiful. The people have really welcomed me with open arms. I think I will have a great relationship with the area people," Wallace said.