Couple trades in retirement fund to open up a restaurant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For some, retiring early might mean living the rest of your days out in relaxation. For others, it might mean using your entire retirement fund to bankroll a new business, just like the owners of The Mixing Bowl Noshery did.

Before this little eatery opened six weeks ago, Greg Peterman had been working in the manufacturing business for the last 20 years, almost as long as he’s been married.

"We've been married for 27 years," he said.

It’s that love that pushed Greg to retire early and use the $125,000 he has saved to open up a restaurant with his wife, Dana. It's been a lifelong dream of theirs to serve up grandma’s recipe.

"It's more than worth it, more than worth it. It's something we hope our girls can continue on when we fully retire," said Dana.

The Mixing Bowl Noshery is one of 50,000 other small businesses in the downtown area. Greg says setting up shop was the easy part.

"When we turn on the lights that first day, would anyone come in? That was the worry," Greg said.

Greg and Dana have yet to advertise about their business, so most customers come by word-of-mouth. Dana believes it’s the food that has people coming back for more.

It's a risky move that paid off. They’re hoping to stay here for the long run.

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