Folks living in the country can tell you it’s a strain driving 15 miles into town just to enjoy a hot, home-cooked meal that you don’t have to prepare yourself. But the residents living in the western part of Clay County don’t have to worry about that any longer thanks to the opening of Pheba’s Diner, which offers a vast variety of down home breakfast and lunch meals in a warm, comfortable atmosphere.
The opening of Pheba’s Diner, located at 21781 Highway 50 West, was just a dream at first for restaurant owners Darren and Linda Wade, both of whom love to cook up hearty, delicious meals in the kitchen. That dream soon became reality with a lot of hard work, said Linda Wade, and now the Wade’s welcome everyone out to enjoy a country breakfast, a blueplate lunch or a tasty short order entree.
“It’s just something me and my husband wanted to do, and the other store here in town retired and left a space here in Pheba that we felt needed to be filled, so here we are,” Linda Wade said. “It’s a lot of people out here, but there’s no where to eat on a regular basis. There are a couple of other places to eat but just not a lot of short orders and things like that. It’s just something that needed to happen here.”
The Wade’s moved the restaurant building to its location in February of 2012 and officially opened this past Halloween. County supervisors and other county officials came out Thursday to celebrate the opening of the restaurant during a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Linda Wade said one of her favorite’s on the menu is the patty melt served on Texas toast with sauteed onions, but one customer said nothing beats the diner’s chicken strips, which are “the best around.”
Already plans are underway to add more features this spring to the menu and to the diner itself. Linda Wade said ice cream will soon accompany the restaurant’s antique soda fountain, picnic tables will be put in on the side of the building for outdoor dining and more tables will be placed out on the front porch for more outdoor enjoyment.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s just been so much fun,” she said. “It’s let me reconnect with so many people whom you just don’t ordinarily see day to day. The community response has just been tremendous. We’ve done the family reunion scene, we’ve done a wedding rehearsal dinner, just some of the things that have already transpired in two months that we never expected.”