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Homemade with a twist

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Mayberry Malt and Coffee Shoppe, Clay City, recently opened for business. The business, which is owned by two families (from left) Dan Webster, Jeff Fritz, Carol Fritz, Darcie Fritz, 13, Kacie Fritz, 16, and Bradie Fritz, 11, are inviting members of the community to see what the place has to offer. Jamie Webster was unavailable for the picture. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
While soaking up the sun this summer, take a break, drive to Clay City and experience a new spin on some homemade food.

The Mayberry Malt and Coffee Shoppe recently opened its doors. Located one block west of Main Street, directly behind the Clay City Pharmacy, and across the street from the town hall.

"We wanted to promote morals and values as well as provide a clean environment, with good food and fair prices," Co-owner Jeff Fritz said.

About two years ago, Co-owner Dan Webster and Fritz began to discuss locations and menu ideas. Fritz's dad owned a welding shop at the location, some years ago and both men agreed that it would be perfect.

"Everything has come into place," Webster said. "We used local businesses within the community for the renovation and the community has supported us."

Both men have also elicited the help of their families with ideas. The menu items come straight from the Andy Griffith Show, with names like Opie Taylor's kid's meal and Goober Pyle's Peanut Parfait, patrons can expect to be transferred back into an era of black-and-white TV's.

"We are the Mayberry of the Midwest," Fritz said. " It is only fitting that we promote those same values."

"We are both educators," Webster added. "It's really taking the character and the values we teach from the classroom to the public. It works well."

One of the goals of the business is to have a scholarship fund set up for Clay City Jr./Sr. High School.

To raise money for the scholarship and other events that take place through out the year in the community, the business is selling advertising sign space on the fence in the area of the drive-thru.

Fritz is also hoping to be able to have the Clay City Imperial Regiment perform in the parking lot sometime this fall.

"We couldn't have done this without the community and our families," Webster said.

One community businessman who helped the new owners was Jeff Nees, owner of The Freeze in Brazil.

"He was very helpful with ideas for the business," Fritz said. " He told us the mistakes he made so we wouldn't make them and we are grateful."

For those interested in something besides ice cream and food, coffee, flavored latte's or cappuccino's as well as frappes are available.

Local deliveries are offered for those who cannot make the trip, but it depends on the ice cream.

Gift certificates, T-shirts and mugs can be bought for a small nominal fee. The porch and outdoor seating can hold up to 80 people and reservations can be made for parties. To make a reservation, or place a call-ahead order, call (812) 939-3200.

There is a discount available on Tuesdays to senior citizens and a Wednesday night bible study discount available.

"We would like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy," Webster said. "The values from the Andy Griffith Show and that time era are almost gone, we are just trying to bring them back for everyone."

Down home restaurant

Mayberry Malt and Coffee Shoppe

Location: 709 Front Street, Clay City

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Closed Sunday

* Call (812) 939-3200 for more information or to make reservation.

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Went once and received poor, slow service. I will try again, and hope that a Saturday afternoon at 2:45 was a bad time. 15 minutes just to get a drink order, one hour from entrance to exit. Good Luck.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:06 PM

well I have been there quite a few times & have had good service.

-- Posted by confused33 on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:15 PM

Sounds like some cry baby Brazilians to me.

-- Posted by Jed on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 6:06 AM

Wishing you all a great success with your restaurant! Clay City is, as most of you know,

a designated Mayberry!!!! Hopefully everyone will appreciate the quaintness and down home

atmosphere!!!! Small town living is still the best.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 6:49 AM

I went once and the service was slow but I believed I was inundated with good morals and values. Aunt Bee would be proud. Teachers have some time in the summer and it seems like a nice idea. Will Dr. Buell endorse it since they work in the north?

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 11:43 AM

I wish the Fritz's and the Webster's the best of luck. I think it's great Clay City is opening some new doors for the community.

-- Posted by SURVIVINGMOM on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 4:28 PM

me and my kids read the article and went to clay city to try this place. not worth the money and definately not worth the drive. one or two catchy mayberry names would be fine for kids but to name everything something after the show made reading the menu very cumbersome. glad i tried it but doubt i will waste my time when I can get better food at the tasty freeze at half the price.

-- Posted by Lafin on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 6:19 PM

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