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BEANPOT RESTAURANT & COUNTRY STORE DEMOLISHED

Here today-gone tomorrow. That’s what people in Cumberland County are saying about the disappearance of one of their favorite landmarks. The Beanpot Restaurant and Country Store had been closed for over 5 years. This past weekend saw the destruction of the dilapidated structure which had been a place where people could satisfy their late-night hunger cravings and tourists could buy everything from fireworks to toy tomahawks. No one knows the actual date when The Beanpot opened, but the original owner, Jim Flynn created the slogan “always open” and it stuck. The restaurant was famous for its menus which were translated from Hillbilly slang: One could order “aigs, taters, and sumpthin’ to warsh it all down with.” The facility was also home to a small country store, had a full ice cream parlor and large souvenir room. The 24-hour stop also sold gasoline and was located just off the Peavine Exit of Interstate 40. Jim and Charlotte Jones bought the business in 1989 bringing it into the 21st century. After over half a century of serving vittles and pumping gas, The Beanpot shut its doors on Feb.11, 2012. The antique player-piano rolled out its final song, and the old manikin who use to sit in the rocking chair waved his final farewell to the last customer.

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