Jake & Dorothys will turn 65 next week.
But there is nothing retiring about the iconic small-town Texas cafe four blocks off the Stephenville courthouse square.
For a 65th celebration, Jake & Dorothys will serve hot, open-face chicken-fried steak sandwich platters June 12 for 65 cents.
The hot steak sandwich with waffle fries and iceberg salad is one of the dishes that makes daughter Kerry Roachs diner a Texas classic.
The late Jake Roach and his wife, Dorothy, opened the tiny diner in 1948 with an 8-stool counter and four booths. It was open 24 hours in the 1950s and 60s, when Washington Street was U.S. 377.
It was featured on Texas Monthlys cover as one of the 40 Best Small-Town Cafes.
The anniversary celebration will begin Monday with a $5 sirloin steak platter all day. On June 11, hamburgers will sell for $1 after 5 p.m.
The special wraps up June 13 with all-you-can-eat catfish for $6.95 after 5 p.m.
Jake & Dorothys is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until midnight weekdays, until 2 a.m. weekends at 406 E. Washington St. (Business U.S. 377), 254-965-5211, ourmenuonline.com/PDF Menus/Stephenville/.
Mystery dinners at The Tower
An all-star list of Fort Worth and Dallas chefs will cook special one-night-only dinners this summer.
We just dont know when.
Twenty chefs, including Matt McCallister of Dallas FT33 and Scott Gottlich of Bijoux, will make guest appearances in the former Vault restaurant for Twenty at the Tower, a pop-up restaurant series promoting next years Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival.
Every Sunday and Monday in June and July plus June 18, a Tuesday the abandoned restaurant will open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. $75 dinner by a mystery chef.
This weeks dinners starred secret chef Blaine Staniford of Grace. Menus will be announced every Friday for the following nights dinners.
Other local chefs making a secret one-night appearance will include Jon Bonnell ( Waters), Tim Love ( Lonesome Dove), Gerard Thompson ( Rough Creek Lodge) and Todd Willamson ( Capital Grille).
The dinners are BYOB. The $75 goes to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, debuting next March. For the entire list of chefs and the dates of the mystery dinners at 525 Taylor St., see fortworthfoodandwine festival.com.
A zoo of a benefit
A reminder: Friday night is the annual Beastro dining festival and rock concert throughout the Fort Worth Zoo, featuring nearly 40 restaurants and a concert by the band Starship. (Yes, as in We Built This City.)
The menu features everything from sliders and tacos to The Lunch Boxs classic chicken-salad and pimiento-cheese sandwiches, served alongside the zoos elephant exhibit. The $150 VIP ticket includes early entry and a dedicated bar; regular tickets $99 at fortworthzoo.org.