A fresh Taco Pizza from Short Stop Italian Restaurant. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers
Photo: Contributing Writers

Springfield’s Short Stop serves pizza, pasta and subs

What was once just a grocery store later became a restaurant, too.

Restaurant: KNS Short Stop Italian Restaurant

Location: 1411 Moorefield Road, Springfield (Northridge)

Contact: www.shortstoppizza.com | (937) 399-7265

A fresh salad bar at Short Stop Italian Restaurant. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

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Background/Overview:

Rob Koons and Sharry Haerr lived down the street from each other, while growing up in Northridge. They used to ride their bikes through the neighborhoods, often passing this “Short Stop” grocery store on their way to the Dairy Queen Ice Cream Shop.

The teenage couple graduated from Kenton Ridge High School, before marrying in the early 1980s. Now, they have three grown children and four grandchildren. Later, she remarried someone else; however, Rob and Sharry continue a positive working relationship.

He’s spent his adulthood in the food-service industry and she worked for Big Bear Stores for 28 years. In April 2000, this “Short Stop” was forced to close by the previous owner. Rob and Sharry stepped in for transfer of its title, and the keys were exchanged without any hiatus of its business.

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They re-named it “KNS Short Stop”; “KNS” is an abbreviation for Rob’s last name “Koons.” It remained a small grocery store/convenient mart, that incidentally began selling pizzas and subs! Later, an adjoining portion of the building was decorated as “KNS Short Stop Italian Restaurant.”

Rob works full time at KNS Short Stop/Italian Restaurant and Sharry is the backbone of the business. Koons realizes that these days social media has changed the face of their entire food-service operations. Connecting with their customers through networking sites is the norm for efficiency and time management in every function of their work.

Nevertheless, they and their General Manager Jodi Walter are specific that the fresh cheeses, meats, and vegetables are cut deli-style everyday to showcase their ultimate quality. The KNS Short Stop Italian Restaurant slogan is “A Slice A Day Keeps The Sad Away!”

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Rob Koons, co-owner of Short Stop Italian Restaurant, with a fresh Taco Pizza. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

The Menu:

Beverages: Keurig Breakfast Blend Coffee — $ .59 (Cup); Pepsi products (Fountain to go) — $ .99; Pepsi products (Fountain dine-in) — $1.79 w/free refills; Pepsi products (Bottles) — $ .99 to $2.59; Beer (Twelve oz. bottles in domestic & imports) — $2; Wine (Twelve oz. bottles) — $2.59.

Kid’s Meals (10 Years & Under): Grilled Cheese & Fries, or Hot Dog & Fries — $2.59; Chicken Strips & Fries, or Spaghetti-$2.99; Salad Bar — $3.99.

Lunch Pizza, Salad, & Soup Bar (11 A.M. to 2 P.M.; With Fountain Drinks, & Includes): Pizza; Salad Mix; Vegetable Beef Soup; Chicken Noodle Soup; Deli-style Sliced Fresh Vegetables; Cottage Cheese; Macaroni Salad; Potato Salad; Mandarin Orange Slices; Sliced Beets; Chocolate Pudding; Vanilla Pudding — $7.

Appetizers (Include): French Fries (Season Fries, or Season Waffle) — $1.99, or Nachos & Cheese — $1.99; Bread Sticks (Five), or Cheese Fries —$2.99; Onion Rings — $3.29; Corn Fritters, Fried Mushrooms, Jalapeno Poppers, or Pickled Chips — $3.99; Chicken Strip Dippers, or Potato Skins w/Cheese & Bacon — $4.29; Cheese & Bacon Steak Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Mac & Cheese Bites, or Taco Nachos — $4.59; Cheese Curds, Cheese Sticks (Four), or Taco Potato Skins — $4.99.

Baked Subs/Hoagie/Wraps: Six inch, or Twelve inch Subs — $3.99 to $8.99; Steak Hoagie (Eight inch) — $4.99; Super Sub (Eight inch), or Texas Tenderloin Sub (Eight inch) — $5.99. Any six inch sub can be made on a Honey Wheat Wrap.

Burgers: Hamburger — $3.29; Cheeseburger, or Pizza Burger — $3.69; Mushroom Swiss Burger — $3.89; Bacon Cheddar Melt, or Bacon Cheeseburger — $4.69; DBL Cheeseburger — $5.29; DBL Bacon Cheeseburger — $5.69.

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A pepperoni and mushroom pizza fresh from the oven at Short Stop. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Sandwiches: Grilled Cheese, or Hot Dog — $1.49; Coney Dog — $1.99; Pork BBQ, or Sloppy Joe — $2.29; Grilled Ham & Cheese, or Pita (Chicken Salad, Italian, or Tuna Salad) — $3.99; Chicken Breast — $4.29; Ruben (Roast Beef, or Turkey) — $4.99.

Soups: Chicken Noodle Soup, Chili, or Vegetable Beef Soup — $2.69.

Salads: Tossed Salad — $3.29; Taco Salad — $4.99; Chef Salad w/Chicken Salad, Grilled Chicken, Ham, Tuna Salad, or Turkey — $5.89.

Dinner Salad & Soup Bar (No Pizza) (After 2 p.m.; With Fountain Drinks, & Includes): Salad Mix; Vegetable Beef Soup; Chicken Noodle Soup; Deli-style Sliced Fresh Vegetables; Cottage Cheese; Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad; Mandarin Orange Slices; Sliced Beets; Chocolate Pudding; Vanilla Pudding — $5.95.

Pastas: Ravioli, or Spaghetti — $4.99; Chicken Parmesan, Fettuccini Alfredo, or Lasagna — $5.99; Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo — $6.99. Add meatballs to any pasta for an additional two dollars.

Pizzas: Personal Cheese Pizza (Six inch) — $3.75; Small Cheese Pizza (Nine inch) — $6.75; Medium Cheese Pizza (Twelve inch) — $8.75; Large Cheese Pizza (Fifteen inch) —$10.75; Extra Large Cheese Pizza (Eighteen inch) — $14.75. Additional fee per topping.

Specialty Pizzas: Personal Specialty Pizza, Small Specialty Pizza, Medium Specialty Pizza, Large Specialty Pizza, or Extra Large Specialty Pizza — $4.99 to $19.99.

Bone-In Wings: BBQ, Hot, Roasted, Sweet BBQ, or Sweet Chili — $8.99/$13.99.

Boneless Wings: $6.99/$11.99.

Desserts: Brownie Bites, or Cinnamon Stick Dippers — $2.99.

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The Food Mart half of Short Stop with all the snacks you could want. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

Hours:

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More Information:

Online “Daily Specials” not valid for call-in, or walk-in orders.

The roomy ground floor dining area has 17 tables and seats 68 customers.

KNS Short Stop Italian Restaurant gladly supports Clark County Humane Society and all local school districts reward card promotions.

Delivery is provided with a $10 minimum order; please, allow 30 to 50 minutes for arrival time.

Deli-tray catering can be scheduled with a five-day notice.

Look for local restaurant profiles by Glenn and Kim Creyts every other week in “Life.” For inquiries regarding this column, and “Restaurant Profile” ideas and suggestions for future columns, please contact Glenn and Kim via e-mail: glenncreyts@att.net.

Short Stop Italian Restaurant on 1411 Moorefield Road in Springfield. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

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