MORGAN TOWNSHIP — Two Guys Cook, located in Morgan Township, co-owners Wortie Penix and his son, Sean Penix, opened for business late May of this year. Two Guys serves fresh, clean, home cooked meals through catering, meal preparation and hot lunch meals.
Wortie Penix said he has been in the food business for many years, starting at home.
“It happened kind of a long time and actually started when my boys were children,” Wortie Penix said. “We started cooking on weekends to give my wife a break. So we would do all of the cooking and cleaning on weekends, and I just enjoyed cooking and that ran into a cooking business that we ran for nine years. The pizza business didn’t work, and I didn’t want not to give up, so we decided to go with the catering.”
In addition to the Two Guys family business is Wortie Penix’s wife, Debbie.
“My son Sean, he’s my partner, and my wife Debbie is our resident baker. “Debbie makes all of the rolls, something that she is extremely good at, and much better than me and Sean,” Wortie Penix said. “So, this is it for now. We have to start small because as I said, we are just getting started again, and we can’t afford to pay a lot of wages right now. So that is it for now, but Sean’s wife Sarah helps out every once in a while.”
Meal preparation is a big part of the process in the Two Guys business routine.
“We do catering, meal prep, like today, we are doing lunches and preparing hot lunches for area businesses,” Wortie Penix said. “They don’t want to go out and buy hamburgers all of the time, so we take orders on Monday, prepare on Tuesday morning and deliver hot lunches Tuesday afternoons. We do that Tuesdays and Thursdays, then we have time to do meal prep for our clean meals, which are very healthy meals for the health conscious, and the people that go to the gyms. A lot of people prepare their meals on Sunday for healthy meals all week, but if you have us here, you don’t have to, we can do that for you, which will free your Sundays up for you. Right now those are the only three areas that we do, and I like catering the best. It is intense, but where it is more intense, you get a lot more satisfaction from a good job.”
I just like to cook for people. I would like to cook for everyone in Scioto County and the surrounding area. The food industry has gone the way of everything else nowadays, everything more quicker, processed, and anything that you can get out of the door quicker. I think that you can still eat good and try to cook as clean as you can and still provide a decent service for people, and you don’t have to use processed meat, or frozen meals. For instance, like right here, we are not using carrots, we sliced our own carrots, and did our own potatoes. I just think that we can eat like we used to when I was a kid and still if at all possible, still prepare food like that for people at a decent price.”
Meal preparation costs $8 per meal, lunch meals cost $8.50 and come with a type of meat, two side dishes consisting of two vegetables and a roll.
“We try to keep the lunch meals at $8.50, and we done pretty much everything from chicken, and today we are doing beef roast,” Wortie Penix said. “With the catering, it just depends upon what they want to order. It can go anywhere from $8 a person, up to $16 or $20 dollars, it just depends on what they order”
Two Guys Cook won’t provide certain typed of meat if it’s not fresh.
“We do not do fish because you can’t get fresh fish in our areas. If people locally tell you they are selling you fresh fish, they are lying to you,” Sean Penix said.
One of the things that we said when we started is that we didn’t want to offer anything if we could not offer it as fresh as possible. It really does a disservice to people to claim that we’re making fresh, home cooked meals if we’re bringing in processed meats, and processed fish, food that is not fresh like we say it is. In this area there is just no way to offer fresh fish, or really any fresh sea food and be honest about it. I would rather not offer sea food and tell people that we can’t get it fresh, I’m sorry. There have been a few that have grumbled about it, but in the end, they understand.”
On Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m., Two Guys Cook will be hosting a Community Dinner at the Morgan Township Fire Department located at 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville. Sean Penix said their objective for hosting the dinner is to bring the community together.
“The dinner that we have coming up with the Morgan Township Fire Department, the reason that we wanted to do that is that we wanted to bring the community together,” Sean Penix said. “With everything going on in today’s world, we wanted to think of a way to bring people together for a common goal is through a meal. To be able to sit down with our neighbor, eat a meal is something so simple, but people just don’t do it any more. You may see people that you know out at a restaurant, but then you go on about your day. If we can find a way to bring people back together over a common good, we would be reminisced if we didn’t. So, that is we were wanting to do and to hope to accomplish with this dinner.”
Tickets for the Community Dinner are $12 per person and is open to the public. The menu consists of pork loin, cheddar mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. There will be sweet tea, lemonade and water to drink. Sugar Rush Bakery will be providing dessert. Two Guys will be making a donation to MTVFD at the dinner, according to Wortie Penix.
For more information regarding the services of Two Guys, visit the Two Guys Facebook page, or call 740-727-1853.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.