BY RICK WRIGHT –
Scotty’s, located on Highway 71 South in Cove, has been serving up biscuits, chicken strips, burgers, fish and more for breakfast, lunch and dinner for many years under owner and founder, Terry Scott. That tradition of excellence continues under the present owner, Denise Provence.
Provence took over Scotty’s in June of 2015 and business has been great. “Basically the business was already set up, and we continued things the way Terry had set it up,” said Provence. “We run Scotty’s they way he ran it. I had managed this store before, so when I took it over, I was just carrying on with what they had started. Terry and Joan did an awesome job with the store. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am at now without them. I owe them so much.”
Scotty’s has world class chicken strips, burgers, and, don’t forget the fish. “These are our biggest sellers,” said Provence. “I hear raves about our food even when I go out of town.” Scotty’s daily specials are always among the local’s favorites.
“Our employees are the backbone of this business,” said Provence. “Without good employees, you’re not going to have a good business. I have some employees who have stuck with me, that had been here when I took over. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Scotty’s is a convenience store with, not only a full kitchen menu, but also gasoline, propane, oil and other automotive products. Scotty’s staff is able to fill RV propane tanks, outdoor cooker tanks, and just about anything that operates on propane.
Provence grew up in Watson, Oklahoma and started working for Terry and Joan Scott in 1999. “They were great to work for and I’ve been here ever since,” said Provence. “They’ve taught me so much. Like I say, I owe them more than I can say.”
“Growing up in Watson, Oklahoma my inspiration was Ronnie Johnson,” said Provence. “He is the Terry of Watson. So everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been around excellent people.”
Scotty’s has room to seat a lot of people. “On Sunday’s after church, people come here to get a big home cooked type dinner and we are usually packed out,” said Provence. “That’s one of our biggest days. Throughout the week our lunch crowd is usually very good. The store stays really busy. We have awesome customers. People sitting in here just drinking coffee, joking with us and socializing, it’s kind of like we are an extension of their family. We have B.J. and Charles Baker. When I told Terry I wanted to buy the business I told him I wanted to buy Baker and B.J. too. They are part of Scotty’s and have continued to be a part of it.”
Customers drive from Mena and De Queen just to eat a burger at Scotty’s. “I go all over and even at Fort Smith this weekend, I was told we have the best hamburgers and every time they come through here they stop and get a burger.”