In case you haven’t noticed, Maggie Valley’s iconic breakfast place — Joe’s Pancake House, is open for yet another season. But this year is a real milestone for owner, Brenda O’Keefe — it’s Joey’s 50th season.

Yes, it was the summer of 1966 (as in Route 66) that Joey and Brenda O’Keefe traveled the winding mountain roads to visit friends in Maggie Valley, fell in love with this quaint mountain community (just as quickly as they had fallen in love) and opened what would become Maggie Valley’s signature breakfast spot.

The two (Brenda and Joey) had met at the Fontainebleau Hotel, in Florida, where they both worked and cut their chops in the hospitality industry.

Click here to read the rest of the story courtesy Paul Viau via The Mountaineer...

It's hard to believe that we have reached our 50th year of serving great food to wonderful guests such as yourselves.  As this year progresses we hope to share some additional photos and stories from our history and we hope you enjoy.