Antler's Restaurant In Young 'An Experience'

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Connie and Mike Hendrick were newlyweds when they purchased Antler's Café and Bar in Young five years ago.

"It's been an experience," Connie said. Before buying Antler's, Connie owned a bar and Mike owned a roofing company in Levine.

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Connie and Mike Hendrick bought the Antler's Café and Bar in March 2001 in order to live in Young full time. The restaurant is located on Highway 288 in Young. The restaurant is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bar is open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Call (928) 462-3265.

"Levine was growing so big and didn't have that small town atmosphere anymore," Connie said of her hometown.

Baking day is Connie's busiest day.

She spends it filling the restaurant's display case with pies -- apple, cherry, blueberry, peach, coconut cream, raspberry, pecan, blueberry and caramel apple.

Connie calls them "sweet endings."

She also makes cookies, bread pudding, blueberry and cherry cheesecake.

She is well known for her peanut butter cheesecake pie and her chocolate turtle cake.

The restaurant experiences frequent waitress changes, as adults retire or high school students move away to go to college.

The building has stood since 1948 when it was an appliance store.

The wooden exterior is hung with memorabilia of the ranching community it serves, complete with hitching rail for horses.

The couple's day begins early, when the coffee drinkers show up. Business continues all day as patrons are served rib eye steaks or the restaurant's signature "antler burgers" with chili and cheese on grilled sourdough bread.

A long bar divides the restaurant from the dance floor with its two pool tables at the back and stage up front, and a buck with a huge rack overseeing the revelers.

"We have fun," Connie said -- especially on the busy karaoke nights hosted by bartender Gail Marshall. "Whatever they want to sing, she's got it."

From Payson, Antler's is 26 miles off of Highway 260 and a few miles through the town of Young.

Hardy ATV riders can take the Chamberlain Trail off of Colcord Road for a scenic route to Young where Antler's is a welcome respite from the trail.

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