Jack’s Place family Restaurant has been a stable in Rising Sun for many years.
On Friday, Sept. 2nd, current owners Jack and Belinda Waller celebrated their 10th anniversary with specials and prize giveaways.
Their featured “Big Jack” cheeseburger was on sale for the day.
Five of the original employees were on hand including Debbie Walton, Denise Snelling, Tracie Stogsdill, Kim Mondary and daughter Leah Dunaway.
Jack helped out washing dishes while Belinda was busy making sure there was plenty of food.
Customers were greeted by bright yellow, orange, green, blue and gray shirts and newly adorned Jack’s Place hats.
The business’ success comes from its loyal customers. “People come from all the churches and I have a lot of regulars every night,” Belinda noted as she took a break from cleaning the windows that were painted for the celebration. And there’s the loyal customers at the affectionately known liar’s table.
They worked through some tough times especially repaving in front of the Main Street location that affected business for several months that year. There was no parking and the couple had to eliminate its evening service.
“That hurt me the most,” she added. “I felt bad but everyone said that was OK.”
Proposed higher minimum wage rates could cause the restaurant to go to day shift only and be closed on Mondays, Belinda contends. There have been 71 people work over the years. She noted that many have gone on to better paying jobs which makes it tough and why they are always looking to hire cooks but you can’t train a cook in two weeks.
The day ended with prizes going to Sandy Stahl- TV, Helen Adams- Walmart certificate, Jason Walcott- Lowes certificate, Mary Ann Jackson- Greendale Cinema and Rhona Vinup- Krogers.