Not only is Prescott Junction Restaurant located in one of the choicest locations in town, it's also got more than 20 years of culinary experience and a long-time local following.
These facts made it easy for owners Don and Nancy Burton to shift their business from a JB's Restaurant franchise to an independent local business earlier this month. The restaurant, open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., officially changed its name Oct. 5. The Burtons have owned the restaurant for the past 20 years.
Don Burton worked with JB's, however, for more than 50 years. Prescott Junction currently employs 35 residents, including long-term employees who have worked at the business for more 17 years.
"The last four months have been a blur. We've been making our own menu, the remodel, uniforms, and the signage. We're both extremely happy to be able to do anything and everything that we want to do," Burton said. "We've been very successful here. Most of our customers are regulars, and have been coming here for a long time."
Located at 1121 E. Sheldon St., Prescott Junction Restaurant sits near where Highway 69 and Highway 89 intersect, and is often one of the first businesses travelers see when entering Prescott.
"We are the gateway to Prescott. I couldn't ask for a better location. We're keeping the best of what JB's had to offer, what we can, and we've added a lot of new stuff too," Don said.
For more info on Prescott Junction, visit them on Facebook at Prescott Junction Restaurant or call 928-778-4029.
Prescott Junction Restaurant's menu items include a wide selection of breakfast offerings, including skillet meals, omelets, eggs benedict choices, and a whopping all-you-can-eat breakfast bar complete with oatmeal and pancake choices. Specialty pancakes, such as their Stuffed Pain Perdu breakfast, Hawaiian Pancake breakfast and more.
Lunch offerings include an assortment of burger choices, such as the savory A-1 Junction Burger, the Frontier Cheeseburger, Quesadilla Burger and more. Other sandwich offerings include the Southwest Brisket Sandwich, Pot Roast Melt, Steak Sandwich, Rio Grande Chicken, and other choices.
Salads, lighter faire, senior menu choices, side dishes and other offerings also are available. In addition, Prescott Junction offers Robert Mondavi wine, J. Roget Champagne, mimosas, and a wide assortment of beer choices.
Dinner choices include their Chargrilled Steak dinners, Chicken-fried Steak dinners, Bacon-wrapped Pork Medallions, Turkey and Stuffing, All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp, a Fried Haddock Dinner, and pasta dishes, including Cajun Pasta, Spaghetti and Meatballs and more.
Customer favorites at the restaurant include the fresh salmon meal, breakfast enchiladas called the Poncho Villa, the Monterey omelet, brisket meals and a large selection of hamburger offerings.
"The burgers sell like crazy," Dan said. "We hand-form them. We're just under half a pound. Where we probably sold about 30 burgers a day, today we prep around 60."
Besides their regular menu, Prescott Junction Restaurant offers daily specials - found, as always, on a chalkboard at the front of the restaurant.
- Story by Patrick Whitehurst, The Daily Courier