Scruffy’s pleases the hungriest customers

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Photo by Suzy Smith

The interior of the Scruffy’s has plenty of entertainment, including pool tables and an arcade game, and plenty room for guests.

Photo by Suzy Smith

The interior of the Scruffy’s has plenty of entertainment, including pool tables and an arcade game, and plenty room for guests.

Penny Poston is all smiles as she runs the cash register at Scruffy’s.

Photo by Suzy Smith

Penny Poston is all smiles as she runs the cash register at Scruffy’s.

Ron and Penny Poston stand outside their new restaurant, Scruffy’s on U.S. 411 South

Photo by Suzy Smith

Ron and Penny Poston stand outside their new restaurant, Scruffy’s on U.S. 411 South

Great food, great location and a great name, what more could a person want in a restaurant?

Customers should come hungry to Scruffy’s, a new locally owned restaurant. Menu items include handmade and hand-patted hamburgers on toasted buns, cooked to order sandwiches such as fried bologna and BLT, old-fashioned crinkle-cut French fries and onion rings, just to name a few.

Save room for dessert because customers are going to have a hard time saying ‘no’ to the homemade hot fudge cake or fresh banana pudding. Treat the kids to the hand-dipped ice cream or a milkshake. If you are in the mood for a taste of the festival or the county fair, Scruffy’s has hot funnel cakes and 32 flavors of shaved ice snow cones.

They also offer cream to pour over the snow cones, which allows for limitless flavor combinations, like cappuccino and cream, one of the favorites of co-owner, Penny Poston.

Penny Poston and Ron Poston, also known as “Scruffy,” opened the restaurant earlier this summer. They chose the spot because of the location, at the stop light at U.S. 411 South and William Blount Drive, just down from the Maryville Wal-Mart.

“This area of town is shooting out,” Scruffy Poston said. After being in the business more than 35 years, he said the restaurant business gets in the blood. Penny Poston said she tried a desk job for a while, but she needed to be up and around on her feet.

“She loves to get out and talk to people,” Scruffy said. Penny added that Scruffy is a bit of a talker, too, which makes for a friendly atmosphere. The pair say they aim to provide friendly and personal service that a customer might not find at fast food establishments.

That doesn’t mean the service is slow. “We cook it to order, and we try to get the food out quick,” Scruffy said. Penny Poston said a lot of their customers come for their lunch break.

The restaurant offers curb-side service and call-ins are welcome. When customers come to the restaurant, one of the things that will catch their eye are the wooden picnic style bench tables. Scruffy Poston said they built the tables themselves.

Another feature the customers at Scruffy’s can enjoy is the jukebox that has 25,000 songs. Customers can also enjoy a game of pool while they wait for their order.

Future plans include installing a couple of arcade games.

According to the Postons, customers are already becoming regulars and are telling their friends about the burgers. Scruffy Poston said that a customer picked up a Hickory Burger to go. About a half hour later, the customer called the restaurant and complimented them on the best hamburger that he had ever tasted.

The restaurant is open from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is closed on Sunday.

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