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Attention all current and former Joey's staff!  Please join us for our 50th Anniversary Homecoming.  This free event will be Saturday, August 20th from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm at the Deep Creek Campground in Bryson City.  Lunch will be provided and we will have fun events for everyone.  All you need to bring is yourself, your family, some fun memories to share and a chair or blanket to sit on. Help us spread the word!  You can RSVP to reunion@joeyspancake.com or call 926-0212.  If you need directions just click here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 
 
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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...


 
 
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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.

 
 
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As we enter our 50th season of serving great food to wonderful guests we have decided to have our first ever Job Fair!  If you or someone you know is in need of a job, please come to Joey's at 4309 Soco Road in Maggie Valley on Saturday, March 26th from 8am until 12pm.  We will have immediate interviews and you could be hired on the spot!

We are hiring for...
  • Cooks
  • Servers
  • Hosts
  • Kitchen and Dining Support Staff

 
 
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If you've driven Soco Road from Maggie Valley to Cherokee you cant help but to have noticed a sign proclaiming "The Most Photographed View in the Smokies" which points to an impressive observation tower.  Soco Crafts was started in 1947 and offered visitors handmade crafts and souvenirs.  Over 40 years after opening the observation tower was added in 1988 to allow guest to view the amazing panorama from it's decks.  The tower served as a water tower for the town of Hazelwood before being moved to it's current home. Next time you are in the area be sure to pay the folks at Soco Crafts a visit and take in the view!  

 
 
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Jennie Reninger truly was a remarkable woman!  In her 94 years she was a rancher, real estate broker, world traveler, founder / director of a bank, newspaper reporter, tour director and in later life she became the  Good Will Ambassador and Official Greeter in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.  She and her family lost everything in the great depression and lived in a one-room shack. Jennie went to work for a newspaper where she wrote a very popular column titled "The Tattletale".  During the 1930's Jennie invested part of her wages in cattle and for two years rode alone from daylight to after dark tending to them.  If you would like to read more about the amazing Miss Jennie just click here to read an article from the October 7, 1984 Spartanburg Herald Journal.

 
 
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Not so long ago if you took a drive along Maggie Valley's Fie Top Road (the road to Cataloochee Ski Area and Smokey Shadows Lodge) you couldn't help but notice that a little bit of Japan had been transplanted to the roadside. 

Geisha Gardens was a tea room, gift shop and bonsai garden operated by our dear friends Hal and Jinny Jenkins.  Visitors came from all over the world to stroll the gardens and enjoy the restaurant which offered such delights as "The Glorious Geisha Burger" and "The Chunky China Dog" as well as authentic Japanese foods cooked on hibachis.  The gardens were gorgeous with huge lanterns, pools, Japanese style bridges, a gentle stream and if you were lucky you would see the occasional peacock! (see the photos below)  Hal, Jinny and Geisha Gardens are gone now but their spirit lives on in our memories and the stories we share.  Joey, Brenda and several of the current Joey's staff are happy to have called them friends.  If you'd like to read an article we found about Geisha Gardens in the Miami News from 1965, just click here. 

 
 
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Yesterday the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrated it's birthday. On June 15, 1934 the park was established and has since preserved both historical landmarks and a diverse wildlife population. We are proud to live near what has become the most visited National Park in the United States. Join with us to help promote and preserve this national treasure!

Click here to learn more about the park!

Click here to support the park through the Friends of the Smokies!

 
 
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We love getting visits from our elk friends!  This handsome guy paid us a visit yesterday and posed for some photos.  The guests and the Joey's team loved him of course.  The elk were reintroduced to our area back in 2001.  Only 25 elk were released but their numbers have grown and they continue to thrive.  Visitors to Maggie Valley and Joey's Pancake House are often treated to a view of these magnificent creatures.  For more information about the elk in our area click here.

 
 
Joey's and Maggie Valley welcome exchange students!
Joey's would like to welcome our exchange students Ilkham Osman from Kazakhstan and Timur Kakhkharov from Russia!  Ilkham and Timur are with an exchange program called Interexchange that allows students from all over the world to gain work and cultural experience in other countries.  These young men will face many challenges in our kitchen but thanks to our wonderful Joey's family, they will also have a Summer filled with fun and adventures.  If you see them be sure to say "Hello!" and welcome them to Maggie Valley!