Windy Corner Market and Restaurant sits north of Lexington amid some of America’s most legendary horse farms. In her newest venture, chef/owner Ouita Michel aims to create another legend with a restaurant that honors local farmers and great food.
We use Kentucky ingredients in our recipes, we have Kentucky foodstuffs for sale on our shelves.
Windy Corner’s menu features Po-Boy sandwiches on locally made brioche, burgers, salads, seafood, breakfast, bakery goodies, soft-serve ice cream and more. Dinner specials range from meatloaf to steamed lobster, from local pasta to catfish. Wine and beer, including Kentucky-produced favorites, are available.
Windy Corner is fashioned after an old country store. “We knew we wanted a new place that felt as old as the wonderful historic buildings that house Windy Corner’s sister restaurants, Wallace Station Deli and Bakery and Holly Hill Inn in neighboring Woodford County,” Michel said.
The siding and floors are made from reclaimed wood; there’s beadboard on the walls; the roof is red; lilacs and lavender dot the landscape; and a screened-in porch sits out back.
Our aim for Windy Corner is to provide a market for Kentucky farms. We invite you to join our quest to build our local farming and food communities and economies by eating and buying local foods.
Jennifer Morrison has a thing for the elderly and babies.
“I love all the little babies who come here,” she said. “The employees here call me ‘Mama.’”
Jennifer became a mother right after high school in Prestonsburg, marrying and having her first child at 16.
Jennifer’s own mama, Virginia DeRossett, lives with Jennifer and her husband, Bud, in Lexington. Jennifer moved her mother and father, Robert, from Prestonsburg — Robert owned a Ford dealership there — when their health began to decline a few years ago. “We used to go to Prestonsburg three times a week to get her hair done and go to the grocery.” Her parents continued to have health problems, so she sold their house and moved them to Lexington. Her father died in 2007. Her mother celebrated her 90th birthday with a big party in 2011.
Before she began working in restaurants, Jennifer was a nurse’s aide, working in a nursing home, hospital and home health care.
Before she and Bud moved to Lexington from Prestonsburg in 1998 — “We knew we wanted to live in Lexington” — Jennifer took a job as a server at Cracker Barrel, driving from Prestonsburg while Bud looked for a job. After moving, she worked at Shoney’s and became a manager. She then worked three years at Golden Corral, then left her job as day-shift manager to care full time for her parents.
After seven years, Jennifer wanted to return to work. Manager Frank Bickel hired her soon after Windy Corner opened in October 2010.
Jennifer’s favorites on the Windy menu are the fresh salads and the Kentucky Combination Po-Boy. She enjoys working at Windy Corner. “The customers are friendly, we all get along good and I love working out in the country.”
In her off time, her favorite activity is going to see her grandbabies in Prestonsburg, Lexington, Wisconsin and Connecticut.
Note: Jennifer is working on recovering from an illness. Longtime customer Jonathan Fowler has created a GoFundMe drive to help Jennifer purchase a lift chair. To help, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/jenniferm.