Transportation secretary serves turnpike customers at new service area restaurants

Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are open for business on the Kansas Turnpike’s Matfield Green Service Area, giving those traveling the Kansas Turnpike new food choices and a new place to stop for a break.

Mike King, Kansas secretary of transportation and director of the Kansas Turnpike, welcomed restaurant leadership last week.

“Turnpike travelers win with more food options,” King said, “and so does Kansas as another new business opens its doors in our state.”

Besides welcoming the restaurants, King took his turn behind the counter helping to serve customers.

“It’s fun seeing our customers and interacting with the employees of these two restaurants,” said King, “but I think I’ll keep my day job!”

Rising Star, the franchise group for both Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, was the winning bidder earlier this year replacing McDonald’s. The group began renovating the space in May to accommodate both restaurants and opened late July. GasMart USA is the fuel provider and convenience store operator at the Matfield Green Service Area.

“Kansas travelers are really welcoming us. The Matfield Green Hardee’s had record-breaking sales on its opening day,” said Tony Parrish, Hardee’s/Dunkin’ Donuts vice president of operations. “We hope to have the same exciting response when we open these two brands at the Towanda Service Area later this fall.”

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