The Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce and several others were on hand Friday to celebrate with Barbara and David Inman (center) as they cut the 50 year ribbon.
The Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce and several others were on hand Friday to celebrate with Barbara and David Inman (center) as they cut the 50 year ribbon. Then they began to prepare for the rush Saturday to enjoy 1963 menu prices. ( Courtesy photo by Brenda Tarpley)
Dairyland Drive In celebrated 50 years in business Saturday. They did it in the most unique way that had all of Jacksboro talking about it. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, they reverted back to their 1963 menu AND prices. Hamburgers were 25 cents, cheeseburgers were 35 cents, hot dogs were 20 cents and chili dogs were 35 cents. A chopped beef sandwich could be bought for 40 cents and a grilled cheese for 30 cents. A fried ham sandwich was sold for 40 cents. Drinks were 25 cents, and ice cream cones could be bought for 20 cents and shakes were 29 cents. A fish basket could be purchased for $1.10. It was advertised that those prices were available to dine in guests only, but imagine that traveler who had no idea! Attendees were taking pictures of their receipts and sharing them on Facebook. Families of three were eating for $4. It was a celebration to remember. Dairyland is owned by Harold and Barbara Inman and managed by their son, David. Barbara still cooks occasionally and watches over things. She said, "I did a little of everything Saturday. I know we cooked 250 hamburgers in the five hours and there were probably 1,000 people served. There was always a line out the door. We had people showing up to help and there were several cooks, including a grandson. We got them in and out pretty quick." She said the restaurant was called Brown Derby at one time and probably started around 1954, owned by several people in the 10 years before they bought it from Bill Spivey. Their friendly service is what brings people back again and again. Shirley Pierce, a manager, has been working for them about 35 years off and on and was a carhop for the Brown Derby. Katheryn Carnley has worked 20 years and Linda Pruitt, 17. Those who have a favorite waitress look for the odd numbers (Linda) or even numbers (Katheryn) on the wall. They will definitely take care of you.