STILLWATER — The restaurant famed for its cheese fries, burgers and animated characters is still offering a unique atmosphere for all ages.
Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W Elm in Stillwater, opened July 21, 1975, by Stan Clack and Steve File, originally opened as a bar.
It wasn’t until 1984, when the legal drinking age was raised from 18 to 21, that Joe’s became a full-service restaurant.
Clark, who is now the sole owner of Joe’s, said File created the name, while Clark was a little leery. But that all changed when the logo was created.
“Once we got our logo, it was designed by a freshman commercial art student, I fell in love with the name because it fit so well with ‘Eskimo Joe’ and ‘Buffy,’ ” Clark said.
“The thing that I think is so special about it is that ‘Eskimo Joe’ has that great big smile and I think that can draw you in and its very warm feeling then of course it’s a boy and his dog.
“That ‘boy and his dog’ theme has universal appeal. Whether or not you can read the words ‘Eskimo Joe’s’ in the English language, I think that logo draws you in. The No. 1 seller is the Joe’s special, which includes the famous burger and fresh cut fries.
“It’s a simple menu but what we focus on is fresh food made from scratch,” Clark said. “The idea of it being the best it can be in its category is what we’re all about, so not necessarily the most complicated just good, simple foods prepared fresh.
Clark said people should come to Joe’s because “they’re going to have a good time.”
“We’re all about smiles here,” Clark said. “It’s our core product. You can buy a hamburger a lot of places but you can’t replicate this experience anywhere. We’re all about good times. I think anyone and everybody will find that they’ll have a nice time at Eskimo Joe’s.”
The restaurant offers a variety of specials all week long including the Hump Day special, which offers $4 domestic beer pitchers. Food specials change from month to month, Clark said.
Inside the building also is a store where patrons can buy a variety of Eskimo Joe’s apparel.
11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday