Get it again for 2 bucks: Eatery rolls back prices

Ric Morris prepares a burger platter Monday at Lois’ Place, which continues its 25th anniversary celebration today with 1986 prices - such as a burger and fries for $2.

In 1986, customers dressed in denim miniskirts and rainbow leggings could get a burger and fries at Boots and Andy’s for $2.

Lois McGary was the manager of the new restaurant, known for serving the best biscuits with homemade country gravy in town for 99 cents. Coffee cost 45 cents.

That was 25 years ago.

Now, the popular restaurant is called Lois’ Place, and McGary, now owner, still serves biscuits and gravy to regulars who have grown to love the diner tucked into Unit 2 in the small shopping center at 241 Grand Ave.

In celebration of the restaurant’s 25th anniversary, McGary is offering 1986 prices on some of the most popular menu items. The retro pricing started Monday and continues today.

That includes a burger and fries for $2. A grilled cheese and chips, or biscuits and gravy is 99 cents. A black coffee is again 45 cents.

“I just thought it would be fun to roll back prices to 1986 — it’s been 25 years, so we needed to celebrate,” McGary said.

Not much has changed over the years in the hideaway restaurant, another reason for celebrating, too, she said.

Prices have risen and smoking is no longer allowed, but McGary still employs many of the original servers who have spent 20 years delivering homestyle breakfast and lunch to the diner’s regulars.

“We say to them, ‘You’re family — sit down,’ ” McGary said.

Some customers don’t even have to order because the servers already know what they want.

And some of them “come here for the harassment,” McGary said as she teased Robert and Karen Smith.

The Smiths are among many who dine at Lois’ nearly every day. “We get hungry,” explained Robert Smith, who usually orders breakfast while his wife enjoys the soups.

“They just call you ‘honey’ and are a good value for the price,” said Earl Williams, who likes to eat at the counter. He usually orders a salad.

“They like the little, small-town feel of this place,” McGary said, “It’s kinda like home.”

She hopes to continue to offer that atmosphere for as long as she can. McGary, 69, doesn’t plan on retiring for a while.

When she does, she hopes, one of her family members will operate the restaurant for another 25 years.

“This has always been a fun place for me — it’s my baby,” she said.

“It’s all about family, that’s how we’ve always operated, and I hope it stays that way,” she said.


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