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Couple is happy to keep serving Estacada, looks forward to retirement in the future

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Linda and Glen Parsons will remain at the helm of the Country Restaurant.

Linda and Glen Parsons of the Country Restaurant have decided to go for the 40 year plan.

The restaurant at 341 N.E. Main St. was purchased by the couple 38 years ago. They had planned to sell it to Sherry and Cam Andrus last year, but the sale fell through earlier this year.

"We love Glen and Linda. We tried every effort to make it work," said Sherry Andrus said.

Though the Parsons are still interested in selling the restaurant, it isn't listed with a real estate agent, and the pair are eager to continue serving the Estacada community.

"We really appreciate all the comments that people are happy that we're still here," Linda said. "It's very heartwarming. All of the warm wishes have energized us."

The restaurant has held a special place for the Parsons, and they are excited to strive for the 40-year milestone. They have held three weddings there — once as an emergency replacement for a customer after her original location fell through, and twice for employees. Once, a small movie was also filmed at the Country.

Though much about the Country will stay the same, there will be several changes.

The restaurant's gift stop will soon close, and because they sold many of the restaurant's decorative items when they thought they would soon sell it, the Parsons are looking for new items.

Additionally, they plan to remodel the restaurant's bathroom and repair several tables.

"It's the same great food and friendly service with new decor," Linda said.

She estimated that they might list the restaurant for sale once again in a year or two.

"We're still looking forward to retirement sometime soon," she said.

Once the couple does retire, they plan to travel to Texas, where Linda's sister lives; Arizona, where a friend who used to manager the Red Fox Motel in Estacada lives; Nashville

to see concerts; and Branson, Mo.

"It's a really neat little town with a lot of music shows. I went with my sister, and I thought, if I retire I want to take Glen here," Linda said.

Aug. 5 will mark the County's 39th anniversary, and the Parsons are glad to have been able to serve the Estacada community for all of those years.

"We're looking forward to still serving them," Linda

said.

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