Repair work on the Bethel Dipper is complete and they are open for business once again.
The 50-year-old restaurant reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed a little over a week. The famous little eatery was hit by a vehicle on June 23, which caused extensive damage to the back wall.
The “Dipper,” as it is referred to by local customers, is located on Bethel Street. It suffered extensive damage when 20-year-old Betty Knight attempted to pull up into a parking space beside it and pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, causing her pickup truck to collide with the north side wall of the structure. When Knight ran into the Dipper it caused the wall to cave in causing an employee to suffer injury. This temporarily closed the restaurant.
“We are open,” said owner Nancy Powell. “It has been a little crazy, but we are so happy to be back to work.”
Powell said she is ready to start flipping hamburgers and making the Bethel Dipper’s Sloppy Joe’s.
Powell’s grandfather, Thomas E. Powell opened the Bethel Dipper in the mid-1950s. Fifty-plus years later, the Bethel Dipper continues to be a local favorite.
The Bethel Dipper has changed very little in appearance over the years and the food is just as delicious as it ever has been. The Dipper offers a selection of sandwiches including unbelievable cheeseburgers, scrumptious corn dogs, and sloppy Joe’s that are reminiscent of that local delicacy the “tasty” sandwich Russellville is known for. Old fashioned crinkle fries are served up in a red and white paper tray complete with a packet of salt and ketchup. And don’t forget the ice cream, which is overflowing with flavors, toppings and taste.
Powell wishes to thank all the customers of the Bethel Dipper for their concern, prayers and patronage.