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Joel Ray's Restaurant celebrates 50 years

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Business operated on 24-hour schedule before fire

By The Staff

Joel Ray’s Restaurant in Hodgenville celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Joel Ray Sprowls bought the restaurant June 6, 1959, and for 14 years it operated on a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. The motto was “we may doze – but never close.”

Several superstars have dined here: Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Englebert Humperdink, Johnny Cash Band and many others.


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