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Owners Linda and Glen Parsons look to retirement once the right buyer comes along

FILE PHOTO - Linda and Glen Parsons are celebrating 39 years with their Estacada business, The Country Restaurant and Lounge.

A longtime Estacada restaurant is celebrating nearly four decades in town.

Though Linda and Glen Parsons considered selling The Country Restaurant and Lounge last year, the pair is still at the helm of the establishment at 341 N.E. Main St., and Aug. 5 will mark 39 years in business.

The Country was initially known as LB's Restaurant and acquired its current name in 2000.

Along with special offers on certain menu items all week, the establishment is celebrating the anniversary with several events. Friday, Aug. 3 will feature live music from O'Brother, and Saturday, Aug. 4, will feature live music from Danny Richardson. On Sunday, Aug. 5, there will be cake and ice cream for customers.

Some of this week's specials have included $1 off certain menu items.

"We're trying to get people to come and try something they've never tried before," Linda said, noting that they offer numerous options, including 21 omelets, 18 burgers and 25 sandwiches, along with plenty of dishes for light eaters and vegetarians.

Linda noted that her favorite items on the menu include bacon and stuffed beef.

She added that they strive to give customers as many choices as possible. One customer told her that prior to coming to The Country, he had never been able to choose which vegetables he had for a side dish.

One of the reasons Linda appreciates being in the restaurant business is the opportunity to meet people. She enjoys finding out when customers are related to one another.

Along with numerous Estacada residents, several celebrities have eaten at The Country.

In the 1980s, comedian Joanne Worley of "Hollywood Squares" stopped by for coffee and apple strudel. In 2004, professional wrestler Tony Bourne visited to try the Icelandic Haddock fish.

For Linda, a significant element of running the establishment has been ensuring that all diners feel welcome.

"It's important to me that servers are friendly and happy," she said.

Though several items on the restaurant's menu have changed, many elements of The Country have stayed the same over the years.

"We haven't changed very much. . .There have been little changes here and there over the years," Linda said. "We're old fashioned and homey, and there are people who like that."

She noted that although The Country is not listed for sale, they are taking inquiries from people who might be interested in purchasing it.

"We look forward to serving the community until we can find the right buyer," she said, adding that she and Glen are interested in retiring and that they appreciate the positive comments from the community they've received. "People have been so supportive in being happy that we're still here. Many people have told us they're sorry we

can't retire, but they're glad we're still here."

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