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Lawson’s Family Restaurant hits the spot

All-day breakfast and more

THERE ARE NOT MANY RESTAURANTS THAT FLIP PANCAKES and omelettes while also flipping burgers—but they do at Lawson’s Family Restaurant near Campbellsburg, right off Interstate 71. The menu boasts 14 breakfast plates—like Piggy Tater Bowl, The 6 a.m. Breakfast, Farmer’s Plate—plus 14 sides. Or, have lunch, dinner or the homemade daily special.

Owners Paulette and James Lawson opened the restaurant in October 2019. “We had a lot of help from our daughter Morgan Sprague, assistant manager Missy Clutts and Fran Johnson (shown serving at left),” she says.

Paulette learned to cook growing up in her parents’ Louisville restaurants. Mom Juanita Hargrave Burden is now 85; dad, Jesse Paul Hargrave, passed away in 1974. “I appreciate them beyond words,” says Paulette.

Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Lawson's Family Restaurant
Photo: Anita Travis Richter

“Our food is what grandma used to cook and like Momma used to fix,” she says. Try Momma’s meatloaf and Grandma’s homemade chili or vegetable beef soup, which sounds exactly like what my mom—and I bet your mom—also cooked. Can you smell that old-fashioned vegetable beef soup?

“Our concept is developed around God, the American farmer and the American patriot,” Paulette says. “You will always see the American flag in our restaurant and signs about prayer and God.”

Lawson’s Family Restaurant, served by Shelby Energy Cooperative, 10621 Campbellsburg Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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