Local pastor opens ‘Taste and See’ restaurant in Troy

Published 7:28 pm Thursday, June 10, 2010

When people hear of “Taste and See,” their minds may immediately think of a popular church hymnal. But a new Troy restaurant is encouraging its patrons to do exactly that.

The “Taste and See,” opened on U.S. Highway 231 in Troy, offers a variety of different foods and platters, like chicken wings, chicken fingers and fried pork chops, all available in their signature sauce.

The business is owned by Troy University alumni Robert and Paulette Lee.

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Both Robert and Paulette were born, raised and educated in Pike County.

Robert had been in the restaurant business for 20 years, and said that he wanted to open his own business right here in the county in which he was raised.

“I thought it would be a great idea to come back home and start a restaurant in Troy,” said Robert. “I always aspired to be an entrepreneur and always enjoyed working with the public.”

According to Robert, though business has been going well, they are always seeking more customers.

Word is getting out about their business, and customers have given them positive remarks in terms of taste, quality and atmosphere.

“For that, I’m really appreciative,” he said.

The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Robert is also a pastor and believes “in giving the Lord’s day the reverence it deserves,” which is one reason “Taste and See” is closed on Sunday.

“God is the center and head of everything we do,” he said.

He is the pastor of McClure Town Church of God in Christ in the city of Troy.

Robert said several of the restaurant’s employees are actually members of his church, as well.

Emily Collins is one such employee.

She has been working at “Taste and See” since it was opened just more two weeks ago, and said it is a great environment to work in.

“It’s fun,” said Collins.

“It’s different because we have to separate church from work. It’s the best place I’ve worked.”

According to Robert, “Taste and See” has a diverse work staff of about 14 employees.

“They are friendly and trained to meet the public with a smile,” he said.

“We are proud to be here in this community to serve the people of Troy.”

Their business will hold its official ribbon cutting ceremony today at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.