Buck’s lives onPublished 12:47pm Thursday, March 28, 2013
Restaurant to reopen under new ownership
There was no auction chanting to be heard and no bid paddles anywhere in sight Wednesday in front of Buck’s Dairy Quik.
Instead, a plain white sign with “SOLD” written in bold red letters awaited those who showed up to the scheduled auction – which is bad news for bargain hunters but good news for Buck’s loyal followers.
In a near 11th hour move, local entrepreneurs and restaurateurs Lynn Patterson and Daniel Yates purchased the restaurant Monday.
Patterson and Yates also own the Movie Rack, Huddle House, Who’s Diner and Playhouse Cinemas.
Yates said he, and Patterson in particular, just couldn’t stand to see the historic restaurant close its doors.
“(Patterson) lives out that way and couldn’t stand the thought of Buck’s being bought and turned into anything else,” Yates said. “Buck’s is an icon in the community – a tradition. We definitely have our hands full, but we wanted to keep it going because there are so many good loyal customers. We wanted to keep it open for them and for the community.”
Yates says that the old adage “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” will be taken to heart when reopening the historic eatery.
“It’s going to be the same old Buck’s,” Yates said. “The name isn’t changing, the foods isn’t changing. It will have the same good chicken and the same good burgers.”
Yates said there may be a few additions here or there, but what is on the menu now will still be there when it reopens. Even the picture of Mr. Buck will remain above his favorite booth.
At this point, it is not known when the restaurant will reopen. Yates said he is working on finalizing details and getting permits and licenses. He doesn’t plan on publicizing the grand opening either.
“We will just open the doors one day,” Yates said. “Word of mouth will help people know when it is back open.”
Though it materialized Monday that the two planned on continuing the Buck’s tradition, Yates said rumors had been circulating for a few weeks.
“It’s funny how rumors get out,” Yates said. “We had never even talked to (Paul Daniel) about it until last week.”
Yates said they are looking forward to continuing to serve Dairy Quik’s longtime customers.
“(Paul) has a lot of loyal customers,” Yates said. “We want to keep the tradition going.”