Staff at The Country Restaurant and Lounge are hosting five days of festivities to celebrate the establishment's 40th anniversary in Estacada.
Scheduled from Thursday, Aug. 1, through Monday, Aug. 5, patrons will find daily menu specials, drawings for gift certificates, free anniversary pens, live music from O Brother and Gary Bennett on Aug. 2, and free cake and ice cream on Aug. 5.
Linda Parsons, who purchased the restaurant at 341 N.E. Main St. four decades ago, said the time has gone by quickly.
"It's amazing. It doesn't feel like 40 years," Parsons continued, noting that the eatery is one of the longest running ones in Estacada. "That sounds like a long time, and in the restaurant business, it is."
Parsons purchased The Country in 1979 after the magazine she was preparing to read flipped open to the classifieds section, and she saw the establishment for sale. The Estacada mainstay was previously known as LB's Restaurant, and prior to Parsons' purchase, the Timber Time Buffet. It acquired its current name in 2000.
Parsons has appreciated her time at the restaurant and the different experiences that each day offers.
"It's been a good business for me. I can't imagine doing anything else," she said. "I'm not an office person. I like the diversity of every day. I get to meet a lot of people and become close to customers."
The Country's menu offers something for everyone — 21 different omelets, 18 burgers, 25 sandwiches, and dishes for light eaters and vegetarians.
The restaurant also provides a close-knit atmosphere.
"There are friendly people who work for us. We're all like a big family," she said.
Looking forward, Parsons plans to offer more of the same.
"It's worked for 40 years," she said. "We want to offer the same good quality food, and the same good service."
Though she's enjoyed working at the restaurant, Parsons has listed it for sale and plans to retire when the time is right.
"We're ready to retire when the right buyer comes along," she said.
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