NEW PORT RICHEY — In 2004, Nancy and John Caposey scraped together every last penny they had and sold their house to purchase Whole Works Restaurant. With the restaurant business in both their blood, the only thing neither of them had done was own their own.
Ten years later, the Caposey’s want to thank their loyal customers and community for making their business thrive. After bouncing around ideas, which included giveaways like branded pens, server and close friend Lia Gallegos suggested the owners pick a local non-profit organization and donate a percentage of a certain day’s sales.
From 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, the pair invites the community to dine at their restaurant in celebration of its tenth anniversary under the current owners. 10 percent of the day’s sales will go to the Center for Independence, an organization dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities since 1966.
“We want to do something special,” Nancy said. “We have awesome regulars; they’re family to us at this point. So Lia came up with the idea to pick out an organization and donate some of our sales and we thought that was a great idea.”
Shawn Kline, the development director for the Center for Independence, reached out to Nancy through the restaurant’s Facebook page for free pancake coupons for some fundraiser baskets. This time, Nancy got to reach out to Kline.
The restaurant is known not only for its cook-to-order, homestyle food, but for the countless number of cow decorations adorning shelves and walls inside. With no money left after the down payment, Nancy stopped at secondhand store and bought a ceramic cow, pig and chicken to decorate with when they first opened.
After that, a customer parting with her cow collection offered it up to Nancy. Now, cows of all kinds from all over the world make their home at Caposeys. A Dia de los Muertos cow sits at the front register.
Above the entryway to the kitchen, Super Cow protects the diners in a mask and cape. On one shelf, a “flasher” cow throws open a trenchcoat to show its udders. There’s a touch of humor in many of the statues.
“We were flat broke,” Nancy said. “Everything you see here is all gifts. People are so generous.”
The generosity didn’t stop with decor. In their first year of owning the restaurant, the hurricanes that blew through Florida in 2004 caused damage to the roof. It wasn’t long before customers were collecting funds to help them replace it.
“We were only in business for six months,” john said. “It’s not like they even really knew us.”
John said the kindness of the community is a big part of their success. From family members and friends, to the real estate agent and Small Business Association, countless individuals helped make the Caposeys dream a reality. Now they’re eager to give back in turn.
Although the restaurant was first established in 1977, the Caposeys have made it thrive, even winning awards like the 2011 Suncoast News “Best Family Style Restaurant” as well as Trip Advisor’s 2010 “Best Customer Service” and 2013 “Certificate of Excellence.”
Seating for the benefit is limited. Parties of six or more are asked to call ahead, (727) 842.4307. Caposey’s is at 5250 Green Key Road. Hours are from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday.
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