“I’m really going way out on a limb here, but I think Joplin’s new MacCheesy restaurant, which will open in mid-September, could be a breakthrough concept.

That’s a bold statement about something I have not even tried yet, but let’s just say this thing has been cooking for a while, and the time for the roll-out has arrived. First, you have to begin with the premise that mac and cheese, when properly prepared, is one of the premier comfort foods. It’s simple and tasty. The thing about mac and cheese is that it’s hard to stop eating it once you have started. You start out with three or four tablespoons of it, then it’s half the bowl, and then it just disappears.”