(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
"I truly have been blessed with a great business," McFall said. "First of all, I give all glory and praise to God in Heaven, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through the Lord all is possible. My wife Mandy and I purchased the Malt Shop on Feb. 3, 1998, from her grandparents, Ray and Anna Beth Thomas. Ray stayed and worked with me for two weeks, showing me daily work routines. During those two weeks I carried a notepad jotting things down daily. Ray thought that was pretty funny and informed me if I stayed with the Malt Shop over a period of time, the notepad would fade away. Anna Beth worked with my mother, Betty McFall, in the kitchen sharing recipes and cooking."
McFall said he is fortunate to have the customers he has.
"Our customers are very dedicated," McFall said. "We have customers from the Buffalo Island area and the Bootheel of Missouri. Over the past 10 years I have met a lot of wonderful people. When I am out and away from the restaurant, it makes me feel good when people recognize me. I have even earned the privilege of calling a few ladies Mam-aw and Nan."
Through the years McFall has learned a lot about what his customers like and keeps a country style buffet with seven vegetables, four meats, two breads, two desserts and a salad bar Monday through Friday. Thursday night is rib night. He uses his homemade dry rib rub. On Friday night a catfish and seafood buffet with all the trimmings with regular desserts and sugar-free desserts added. In addition to the buffet, they have a menu of over 45 items.
Customers can dine in or carry out is available.
"Once again, I want to thank everyone for their business with the Malt Shop," McFall said. "Thanks to our customers we are here to celebrate our tenth anniversary in business."
McFall also praised his employees for all they do. The Malt Shop has four full time employees and three part-time.
McFall said he didn't plan to be in the restaurant business. He went to tool and dye apprentice school and received his journeyman in tool and dye. He worked at Colson Wheel Plant in Monette. Six months after he received his certificate, he was in the restaurant business.
"The restaurant business is a comittment," McFall said. "There is always something to be done."
The Malt shop has been around since the 1960s. McFall said he has been told it was once located near the state line and was owned by the Sharp family. It was moved to Leachville and has had a few owners including Ray and Anna Beth Thomas (twice), T.R. "Mule" and Alberta Kiry, and Jack McCoy.