An iconic Benton restaurant is closing its doors this year.

 

Brown’s Country Store and Restaurant will be closing down with the retirement of its owners. Phillip and Cissy Brown announced that they would be retiring after 47 years of overseeing the Benton landmark.

 

“We have enjoyed serving local patrons, friends, tourist and celebrities over these many years. We have heard memorable stories from locals who have talked to people all over the world who have experienced Brown’s Southern hospitality and delicious food,” the Brown family said in a statement.

 

Brown’s offers a buffet that stretches more than 100 feet with a seating capacity of 400 inside the restaurant. There is also a two-story gift shop with along with a candy shop that features than 10 varieties of cream and butter fudge and more than 30 varieties of hand-dipped chocolates.

 

The I-30 restaurant has been a multi-generational family affair. The Brown’s daughter, April Brown Rye, took over the day-to-day operations of Brown’s Country Store and Restaurant after graduating from the University of Arkansas 23 years ago, according to the family’s statement.

 

Brown’s Country Store and Restaurant announced plans to cease operations on March 20 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the family says the gift shop will temporarily open once the public health emergency is lifted for a final clearance sale.