Cedar Shack signs off

Breaker, breaker: Venerable family-operated restaurant closes after more than a half-century


February 1, 2023

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The longstanding Cedar Shack sign in the 4000 block of Main Street harkens back to the 1960s, when the restaurant was opened by the Hufford family.

After nearly 58 years serving burgers and milkshakes, the Cedar Shack Drive-In is "over and out."

According to manager Jan Hufford, the family closed the venerable eatery for the holidays on Dec. 18, 2022, then, in the interim, decided not to reopen.

Her parents, Tom and Leah "Mardy" Hufford, opened the Cedar Shack at 4102 Main St. in February 1965. Situated on part of an original donation land claim that's been in Mardy's family for more than 100 years, the restaurant was known for taking orders from truck drivers over citizens' band radios.

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