For 65th year, Stephenville cafe offers a 65-cent dinner

Posted 11:43am on Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2013

Jake & Dorothy’s 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 & Dorothy’s 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 Roach’s 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 Monthly’s 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 & Dorothy’s 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, 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 don’t 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 year’s 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 week’s 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

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 Box’s classic chicken-salad and pimiento-cheese sandwiches, served alongside the zoo’s elephant exhibit. The $150 VIP ticket includes early entry and a dedicated bar; regular tickets $99 at

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