Fork in the Road: International cuisine and blockbuster movies team up in Marysville

MARYSVILLE, Kan. (WIBW) - If you haven't stopped by Sandy's Pantry in Marysville, you might wonder why a 107-year-old movie theater, and a restaurant with home-cooked food from all over the world, joined together under one roof.

"Sandy has run her own restaurant for a little over thirty years. When I got back to town after college, I’d never been there, even though she'd been running it since I was a little kid,” Alex Shultz, manager of Astro 3 Theater in Marysville, said. “I started going to eat at her restaurant, pretty soon I was going there every day, and that's been almost twenty years ago."

A little over six years ago, Sandy decided it was time to close up shop.

"I asked her about it and she said, 'Well, I just kind of don't want to run the business anymore. I love cooking, but I hate running a business,’” Schultz said.

"Then when I retired for four months, I don't have nothing to do,” Sandy, creator of Sandy’s pantry, said. “So I told him, I said, 'Boss, can you make me a little restaurant in the back, so I cook for you?'”

He did.

"So good friend Sandy gets to move over here, and we get to be kind of partners,” Shultz said.

The rest is history. Now, Sandy's Pantry and Astro 3 Theater are in the same building, offering customers the only place to catch a big-screen movie in a 30-mile radius, and eat a meal that will keep you coming back for more.

"Sandy always said that I was her first customer when she started back in the early 1980s, and I’ve eaten here almost every lunch since then,” longtime customer Stanley Nelson, said.

"You name it, I make it,” Sandy said. “French, Italian, little Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, and American."

Thanks to a friendship that's lasted the test of time, Sandy will keep cooking for the people of her town.

"If Marysville don't have Sandy’s Pantry, it's not Marysville,” she said.
Sandy's Pantry is open in the lobby of Astro 3 Theater Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.