For Joe Chambers and his daughter, Kim Perraut, Joe's Place Bar and Grill is not only their business but it's also where they feel at home. So do many of their customers.
On a typical day at lunchtime, several regular customers are likely to gather around a table at Joe's Place. Sometimes Joe joins them.
Regulars like Mike McKinney, Gary Evans and Bill Denkins don't even have to place an order; employees at Joe's Place know exactly what their customers want to eat and drink.
Retired since 2000, Dr. Richard Allen comes with friends for lunch almost every Wednesday.
"I have a garden, and I like to eat at home. I don't eat many meals away from home. I like to fix what I eat and knowing what I have eaten. . . ," Richard says, but Joe's Place "serves decent foods, not greasy, simple and they just taste good."
Growing up in Cynthiana, Mike McKinney has known Joe since their teen years. He is a construction worker and one of the regulars at Joe's Place. "This is like home away from home," Mike says. "My favorite food is the fish fry, and I walk out not hungry."
Joe, 74, opened Joe's Place Bar and Grill 11 years ago. Every Thursday, Joe caters to the community by holding a pool tournament at his place.
For over 30 years before opening his place, Joe was a truck driver. His current day job is selling and servicing septic systems. Kim worked at the 3M factory in Cynthiana for 15 years. Ten years ago she started working for her father at Joe's Place where she feels her main contribution is serving her community. A year ago she took over ownership of Joe's Place.
Kim's daughter, Sydney Perraut, 20, a nursing student, often comes to the restaurant to help her mother. She's keeping the family tradition going at this place many call home.