A Step Back In Time

Little 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.

Little Town & Country Restaurant

Photo Don Ward

A 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 of Bedford.
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 here."
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," Alexander said.
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 Burger platter?
After all, Hughes' burgers are fit for a "King."

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