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By Amanda Cole
A new restaurant has rolled into Casey County.
The Wagon Trail, a walk-up window restaurant, opened in early June on South Fork Creek Road.
The family owned and operated business offers burgers and sandwiches on homemade buns which are baked fresh daily, along with pizza, hot dogs, salads and desserts.
“Everything is made from scratch,” said Amy Sizemore, who owns the business with her husband, Nathan.
Sides include coleslaw, french fries, potato chips, sauerkraut and baked potatoes.
The restaurant features various desserts such as four-berry sundaes, brownies and a variety of homemade pies offered daily as specials. Fruit shakes are available in season.
Sandwiches range from $3-$5.75. A kids’ meal is available for $3.50.
The Sizemores decided to venture into the food industry after Nathan lost his job in December.
“We were looking for something we could do as a family,” she said.
The Sizemores have eight children from 1-19 years old. Some of the children help out with the restaurant.
“Rebecca is our main baker; she loves it and she’s excellent,” Amy said.
Produce is purchased fresh at Laverne’s Produce Stand just down the road.
The couple settled on the name The Wagon Trail for a number of reasons.
“We live in the Mennonite area and all the wagons go right down here, so it’s kind of the wagon trail,” Amy said. “A lot of people walk up because they want to sit and watch the horse and buggies go by.”
Secondly, Nathan, originally from Oregon, and Amy, from Danville, moved here from the northwest state seven years ago.
The western-theme building has four covered picnic tables in front. A corn hole game is set up and horseshoes will be added soon.
Business has been going really well. Around 600 customers came in the first three weeks.
“It’s been really busy,” she said. Most customers heard about the restaurant from friends and family members.
“We’ve had mostly local customers,” Amy said. “We thought it was going to be tourists coming along this road.”
The Sizemores plan to have the restaurant open year round if they get enough traffic. In the winter, soups, chili and cornbread will be added to the menu.
The family is enjoying the new business.
“We love it,” Amy said. “It’s the most fun you can have working and we get to meet new people every day.”
The Wagon Trail accepts cash only and is located at 730 South Fork Creek Road, past the Casey County Produce Auction. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. To find out about daily specials or to place a takeout order, call 706-5334. The Wagon Trail is also on Facebook.