Rock Cafe in Stroud is for sale
BY STEVE LACKMEYER NewsOK.com
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
STROUD — The rumors started circulating Monday at the downtown coffee shop: Dawn Welch, who had turned Stroud's landmark Rock Cafe into an international Route 66 icon, was placing it up for sale.
City Manager Tim Schook was among those uncertain if the news was indeed true, at least until the “For Sale” sign appeared late Monday afternoon.
“The place is huge for our town,” Schook said. “I wish we had five or six Rock Cafes. There are a lot of people who stop in our town just to eat there.”
The Rock Cafe dates to 1939, and according to legend, for many years the management changed on a yearly basis. Welch bought the cafe in 1993 when she returned to Oklahoma to oversee her grandmother's nearby property. Over the next several years, as Route 66 nostalgia took hold in the age of interstate highways, Welch oversaw the cafe's transformation into an international top attraction.
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The Rock Cafe is a popular stop along Route 66. NewsOK.com