It’s impossible for many of us to remember what things were like in Stephenville 70 years ago, but one business has withstood the test of time and is celebrating its 70th anniversary — Jake & Dorothy’s Cafe. 

“I’m in shock. I grew up here so it’s monumental and historical,” said owner Kerry Roach, daughter of Jake and Dorothy. “I miss my mom and daddy, but I feel their presence here all the time.”

Roach has been running the cafe for 31 years and is celebrating with specials each day through Saturday.

Today's (Tuesday) specials are $1 burgers, $5 lunches and free coffee all day; Wednesday’s special is a $5 lunch; Thursday’s special is all-you-can-eat catfish for $6.95; Friday’s special is a sirloin for $6; and Saturday’s special is 70-cent hot steak sandwiches. 

Jake & Dorothy’s, which opened on June 12, 1948, not only serves up delicious diner favorites, but has always supported and given back to local students and sports.

“The Mayor (Doug Svien) is suppose to sign a proclamation that will call this Jake & Dorothy’s week,” Roach said. “It’s a big honor.”

Jake & Dorothy’s has been featured in TexasMonthly Magazine’s “The 40 Best Small-Town Cafes,” which raved about the pies stating, “(The) lattice-crusted cherry pies would do June Cleaver proud.”

The cafe also received the E-T’s 2018 Best of Erath County best diner award.