Faces of Northeast:  Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith is the owner of Harold’s, a burger restaurant that has been in the same location in Historic Northeast since 1958. Smith has owned and operated the restaurant since 1999.

Smith was born in the Northeast at the old osteopathic hospital and grew up in the area.

While working at a warehouse at 12th and Chestnut in 1982, Smith said she would often eat Harold’s sandwiches in the break room at work.

“How I ended up eating their food on break to owning the place, I don’t know,” she laughed.

She worked alongside Harold in the restaurant from 1986 until 1989 and he asked if she’d consider buying the restaurant.

She said she just wasn’t ready. But in 1999, she took him up on the offer.

Now, the restaurant is staffed with family: her older sisters, her partner Deb, and Sam Gallo, the former owner of Teresa’s Drive-In, who Smith said she considers family, all work side-by-side to produce the well-known burgers.

“We serve four generations of people here,” she said. “We get all kinds of people that come in, not just neighborhood people. We get people from City Market, families, and people from City Hall. We get all kinds of people.”

Smith said the location is perfect and offers easy accessibility to people coming from up north, downtown, or Northeast.

She said she always encourages people to venture off the Avenue and try out the restaurant.

“I love the Northeast,” she said. “I was born and raised in the Northeast, from 9th and Benton to 11th and Indiana. The people around here, we have pretty much grown up together. I’ve seen three generations and now we’re getting four generations in. We get along with everybody. It’s like a family.”

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Faces Of Northeast: Kathryn Hilger

    September 23rd, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Kathryn Hilger, who moved to Northeast with her boyfriend earlier this year. She had […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Bill & Andy Mortallaro

    September 16th, 2020
    by

    Andy and Bill Mortallaro have been operating the Askew Inn for over half a century. Founded in 1954, the quaint […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Bertram Gray

    September 9th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast, Bertram Gray, graduated from Central High School in 1961. He joined the Army after high […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Margarita Freidman

    September 2nd, 2020
    by

    Our Face of the Northeast this week is Margarita Freidman, a new resident in the Pendleton ArtsBlock, 2300 Independence Ave. […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Sam Caloroso

    August 26th, 2020
    by

    Sam Caloroso is a friendly face you may have seen around the neighborhood. He grew up in Northeast with family […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Daniel Garcia-Roman

    August 19th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Daniel Garcia-Roman, a lifelong Northeast resident and current student at UMKC. Garcia-Roman, who studies […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Isaac Tapia

    August 12th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Isaac Tapia, a muralist and artist in Kansas City. Born in Mexico, Tapia moved […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Carl & Brenda Daily

    August 5th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Faces of Northeast are Carl and Brenda Daily, who celebrated 37 years of wedded bliss last month. Brenda […]


  • Faces Of Northeast: Abby Hoover

    July 29th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is our very own Managing Editor, Abby Hoover. Before stepping into the role of managing […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Sam DiMaggio

    July 22nd, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Sam DiMaggio, a retired Kansas City, Missouri firefighter who has lived in the Historic […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Nabil Sharif Abas

    July 15th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Nabil Sharif Abas, a current student at UMKC serving as the UMKC student president […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Jerry Morales

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    This week our Face of Northeast is Jerry Morales, a former boxing coach and referee. Morales refereed boxing for 55 […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Mike Loges

    June 30th, 2020
    by

    This week our Face of Northeast is Mike Loges, Owner of the legendary Peter May’s House of Kielbasa. Located at […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Cristina Marquez

    June 24th, 2020
    by

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Cristina Marquez, a social worker with Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) since April 2017. […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Josh Rubio

    June 17th, 2020
    by

    This week our Faces of Northeast is Josh Rubio, an urban development intern at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of […]


    Faces Of Northeast: Colby Childress

    June 10th, 2020
    by

    This week we chatted up Pendleton Heights resident Colby Childress as he wrapped up a sweltering Saturday morning helping clean […]


  • Northeast Newscast


  • Remember This?


  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.