Lights Out For Knotty Pine Cafe

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The Knotty Pine Cafe is closing and the new owners of the property plan to open their own restaurant at the location.

If you are hungry for a slice of homemade pie from the Knotty Pine Cafe, you are out of luck.

The historic restaurant, a fixture on the Beeline Highway for decades, won’t be opening after the Christmas holiday.

Owners Darla and Roger Annabel announced that the building’s owner recently sold the property. The new owners will open their own restaurant, but won’t use the historic Knotty Pine name.

The Annabels say they now plan to put all their efforts into the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport, which they also own.

Darla told the Roundup Monday that while they had wanted to buy the Knotty Pine property, they didn’t have the money.

They have operated the Knotty Pine for the last nine years, purchasing the name and business from previous owners. They estimate the Knotty Pine has been around for roughly 50 years.

Before that, the building was used for different restaurant fronts. The Sherlock family once operated Sherlock’s there, opening in 1955.

Then for 16 years, during the 1950s to the 1970s, the Jackson family owned three cafes in Payson, including the Knotty Pine and Beeline.

The Beeline Cafe’s present owners, the Sexton family, are the new owners of the Knotty Pine building, Darla said.

Darla said she is happy to know the restaurant is in the hands of a good family, but is sad to see the restaurant, an area landmark, close.

“The locals have been so supportive,” she said. She hopes patrons will now visit them at Crosswinds.

The couple just recently signed a new 20-year lease on the airport-front property.

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