In 1978, Pat and Fred Janssen moved from St. Louis to Edgemont, AR to buy a motel with a leased restaurant attached. The next year, the couple who ran the restaurant didn’t renew their lease, so the Janssen’s decided to run the restaurant themselves which meant their three children (Julie, Tim & Fred, Jr.) “got” to work there too.
Pat and Fred shared cooking duties with comfort foods like fried fish, meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes and burgers. However, every Sunday, Fred cooked his famous fried chicken and no one ever knew what option he might offer with it. Quail, squirrel or pheasant, whatever he had shot the day before! The guests loved it!
Fast forward a few decades and Beth & Tim Janssen now own and operate the popular restaurant and refurbished lakefront motel. However, now the menu evolves weekly. The daily lunch specials might include Lasagna, Oyster Po-Boys, Chicken and Dumplings, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Beef Stroganoff, NY Strip Ramen Bowl, grilled chicken Greek wrap, Asian salad with grilled jumbo shrimp.