Duo expands its local business scale with a new family-friendly restaurant

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Kyle Johnson and Gwen Shales are pulled in a lot of directions these days. But luckily for this husband-and-wife restaurant team, two of those directions are only about a block away from each other. In March, Johnson and Shales, who own Kin-Kin Coffee and have run the popular Johnson Public House together for the past decade, realized a longtime dream by opening the East Johnson Family Restaurant. What began as a new potential location for Johnson Public House has become a casual, family-friendly diner serving foods inspired by the couple’s culinary passions.

Those passions run a pretty wide gamut, from fried cauliflower to brunchy benedicts to a spicy-hot fried chicken thigh sandwich — and hot dogs. Yes, hot dogs. Multiple options with different toppings, in fact.

“At first people were like, ‘Hot dogs? What?’ ” says Johnson, smiling sheepishly as he sits at one of East Johnson Family Restaurant’s cozy tables about an hour before…

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