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Checking out Mac Daddy's in Big Stone City

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The KSFY News Simply South Dakota crew won't visit a new community without highlighting some of the local favorites. Boy, do we have a good one in Big Stone City.

For anyone who is from the area, anyone who is hungry for a burger, maybe some fries or soft-serve ice cream, Mac Daddy's is known to hit the spot.

"It's a good atmosphere. A good 60s diner, good variety, good 'ol fashioned variety on the menu," regular customer Tom Hrdlicka said.

There are countless ways to describe a trip to Mac Daddy's in Big Stone City. Just take it from some of its regulars:

"I come here at least once a week, for lunch or bring the family back for supper either food or ice cream," Hrdlicka said.

Jim and Karen McFarland are the two people, the owners, behind the name.

"It's more of a fast food place than conventional cafe type. Food is fast, it's good and really nice and clean, easy access in and out," Jim McFarland said.

And they say business, now complete with a gas station and convenience store, couldn't be better.

"There had not been a gas station for 15 years in Big Stone. When we added that on, our business just sky-rocketed. Our business is 20x we used to do with just the diner," Jim said.

That's great for its customers, they say, that come during peak season. The McFarland's take a break during the winter closing the restaurant from October-February. Otherwise, it's been a hoppin' place for many years.

"We do the soft serve, shakes malts, hamburgers, fries. Our number one items through you back to the Happy Days, we have the American Graffiti movie poster. It's our era, we kept it that way. It's fun!" the McFarland's said.

Jim and Karen McFarland plan to retire in the next couple of years. They said while business has been really good to them, they're looking forward to taking some time off, spending time with their grandchildren and traveling. They plan to keep Mac Daddy's in the family by handing off the reins to their son. 

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