Step Back In Time
Town and Country to mark
40th anniversary with specials
BEDFORD, Ky. In the last 40 years, who hasn't eaten at Little
Town and Country Restaurant?
Most folks who have grown up in or around Trimble County have, either
as a high schooler or an adult.
Trimble County landmark in its
own right, Little Town and Country
Restaurant will celebrate its
40th anniversary in April with
specially priced hamburgers.
Why, even Elvis Presley has downed his share of Country
Burgers and french fries at the local landmark, located in the heart
Elvis' driver stopped to gas up across the street. The gas station attendant
sent them over to the restaurant for a bite to eat, so the story goes.
Owner Bill Hughes still recalls serving "The King" a hot meal.
"That was back in the early 1960s," Hughes said, "before
he was all that famous."
Since then, Hughes' restaurant has earned its share of local fame in
its own right. What first started out as drive -in restaurant, complete
with car hops, has survived the years and still boasts great burgers
and Friday fish specials.
Hughes bought the restaurant two years after it opened. The original
sign still stands in the middle of the parking lot and strategically
greets drivers as they slow to negotiate the intersection of Highways
42 and 421 in Bedford.
"I put that chicken up on top of it back when we had broaster chicken,"
Hughes recalled. "But aside from that, not much has changed."
Car hops served drivers until 1975. Then Hughes installed outside speakers
to take the food orders. Eventually, the speakers were removed, and
in 1980, Hughes added a dining room.
In that time, Hughes also bought The Barn restaurant, located at the
I-71 exit near Campbellsburg, Ky. He sold The Barn in 1979.
"We used to get lots of celebrities out there on the interstate,"
Hughes said. "People like Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson and one time
we had Bill Haley and the Comets."
Active in politics, Hughes has also entertained governors and senators
at his Bedford restaurant. One wall is adorned with photos of Sen. Wendell
Ford and Kentucky Govs. Brereton Jones, Paul Patton, among others.
These days, Hughes spends only a few hours a day at the restaurant.
Rhonda Carter has managed the place for 13 years.
Regular customers Carroll and Edith Morgan said they like the food,
"as long as Bill doesn't cook it."
Edith added, "I like it because it's always open on Sunday, and
people like to come here after church."
Glenford Alexander, another regular, said, "I remember when there
was nothing here but a field. People used to raise tobacco out back
Caroll Morgan said he and Arch Spillman had a garden out there, too.
Many residents who have grown up in Trimble County would also recall
driving circles around the restaurant in their youth.
"They used to cruise round and round here all night long,"
In April, Hughes plans to hang a banner outside the restaurant to advertise
his month-long 40th anniversary celebration. For the entire month, hamburgers
will go for only 59¢; cheeseburgers 79¢; and the famous Country
Burger for 99¢. He also plans to set up a display of old Trimble
County sports photos and memorabilia.
What better way to relive the old days than to stop in and enjoy a Country
After all, Hughes' burgers are fit for a "King."
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