The future of tradition
Dad's Place, a tradition for more than 30 years, is once again open under new ownership.
Punky Fry, the sole owner, had her soft opening over the second week of the month and officially opened on Oct. 12. According to Fry, the soft opening went very well.
The restaurant was previously owned and operated by the late John Marsh and Shelly Marsh for approximately 30 years. It was also called Dad's Place.
"Mainly, the business is the same as it was, except with my twist on it. I kept a lot of their stuff," Fry said of John and Shelly Marsh's previously owned restaurant. "Because they had a successful 30-year business--don't mess with it."
Fry was born and raised in Prineville and worked for the Marshes 24 years ago. She wanted to reopen the business the way it was. She has a long background in the restaurant business.
"I have been in this industry my whole life. My parents bought the original Waterhole back in 1986, so, I have been doing this a while," she added.
On the signage at the front of the restaurant, it reads, "Dad's Place. The future of tradition."
"That is what my tide-line is, 'The future of tradition,'' because I am keeping their tradition going," pointed out Fry.
She indicated that she changed a few menu items and made them her own but has daily breakfast and lunch specials. She also offers homemade desserts and soups. Fry utilizes the services of local folks who bake, and she promotes their products, such as homemade pies and cakes.
"I am trying to keep it homemade and local," she emphasized. "I use Prineville Produce for all my miscellaneous produce and try to keep them in the loop. All my meat comes from Ericksons, and I try to keep everything as local as I can."
Fry has a breakfast and lunch menu, with breakfast served from 6 to 11 a.m. Lunch begins at 10 a.m., with an hour overlap with breakfast, and is served until 4 p.m. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The breakfast menu includes skillets, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and all the traditional breakfast food, such as hashbrowns, sausage, bacon, eggs and toast. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, burgers and homemade desserts.
When Fry began thinking about her business, she looked at the ad for the property on 229 N. Main St., and Shelly Marsh was excited that she was committed to opening the restaurant. It is completely family-owned and operated, with her husband and son also helping out. Fry strives to be accessible, and she is known to have folks go shopping close by until she can text them that a table is open.
229 N. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Breakfast served 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lunch served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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