Stookey’s Famous Bar-B-Que celebrating 95 years in business

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PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A Luzerne County business hits a milestone this year, as they celebrate 95 years in the restaurant industry.

“Being fortunate, that we could exist as a business, as a service to the community,” said Ralph Frank, the owner of Stookey’s Famous Bar-B-Que.

Frank has owned the store for over twenty years. He says it’s hard to wrap his head around the fact Stookey’s Famous Bar-B-Que has been in business since 1926.

His grandparents purchased the shop, which at the time was known as a roadside stand, and the rest was history.

“It became a landmark. We get many stories of ‘I met my future wife over here’ and ‘we always used that table over there’,'” Frank said.

The restaurant sits right along Route 11 in Plymouth Township. And despite going through lows, such as the depression in the 30s and the ongoing pandemic today, Frank says business is still thriving.

“We’ve been very fortunate we’re still profitable. I’ve been able to keep the staff hired and I’ve been able to have enough profitability to pay the bills, keep serving the community with our products.”

And throughout the ups and downs, Frank is forever grateful to have such a supportive community and thanks all of his supporters.

“It’s been a real privilege to be able to support the staff. We’ve had generational staff here. And to support the generations that have come, knowing that there’s appreciation out there.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Stookey’s is operating just with takeout orders at this time and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Frank told Eyewitness News, last January, that he’s been wanting to sell the business so he can retire.

He says the pandemic has put that on hold and is hoping to put it up for sale again this spring.

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