Annie’s Clark Brunch returns to business; Owner Annie Jenkins received $4K from supporters while closed due to the COVID pandemic
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There are not many instances where Annie Jenkins, who has owned Annie’s Clark Brunch on Main Street in Worcester for 34 years, is not busy busting her butt attending to everyone around her — mainly customers and family.
The award-winning short-order cook has an uncommon talent of churning out breakfast and lunch staples at an incredibly fast rate, all the while remaining jovial and unflustered, for the most part. If you ask her daughter Megan Zawalich, who is a server at the diner, she might give you a different answer.
But Annie’s work, like her grill, is swift and relentless and it took a global pandemic to force her to slow down. And, admittedly, she enjoyed having some time off.
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