FORK IN THE ROAD: Stacy's Restaurant in Junction City--more than a diner

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Stacy’s Restaurant is an American diner in Junction City and for many-- it’s a home away from home and the home-style food is a plus.

Mary Sanders has been the owner of Stacy’s Restaurant since its doors opened 55 years ago.

“Well at the time we had a Sinclair station next door and then we built a little dinner right next to that, started out serving just hot dogs and cold drinks and soft ice cream,” explained Sanders.

It’s not just the food that draws people to Stacy’s, it’s the atmosphere.
Sanders said, “I think that and they can meet there neighbors when they come in. everybody knows each other and it’s a good place for them to congregate and go over their problems and successes.”

Laughs and jokes are common in the diner especially, among regular customers.

Marshall Heath is a regular customer and cracks jokes, like his mother-in-law joke:

“This guy was running a chain saw and the chain come off and ran a big hole in his cheek. The doctor said, ‘we are going to have to graft some skin off and he took some skin from his cheek down there and put it up there and he told his wife, every time your mother comes over I want her to kiss my cheek."

"Mothers-in-laws can’t win for losing,” said Heath.

The home-style food keeps people coming back year-after-year.

Former Fort Riley soldier, Joe Morton, has eaten at Stacy’s for more than a decade.

“My friend brought me here in 2007 when I got stationed here and I’ve been coming back ever since just because it gets you in touch with reality and people in the community and the foods good,” said Morton.

Stacy’s loyal employees love the work they do. Sarah Miller said she grew up in the restaurant and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.

“I love the food. The food is awesome its home cooking so that’s what people want, they don’t want a standard just basic meal, they just want the home style what you get when you go to your grandma’s house-- that’s what we serve here,” said Miller.

The next time you’re heading down I-70 towards Junction City, hop off at Exit 299 and stop at Stacy’s, at 118 W Flint Hills Blvd. You’re sure to have a good laugh and a full stomach.

Stacy’s is open seven days a week: from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.