north south cafe

Summer 2013 - Genuine Kentucky Online Review

The "Truck Stop" Story

Our Unique History

                            An American Family Business                            

Why do our patrons call us "The Truck Stop"?

Prior to the installation of the Pennyrile Parkway in October 1969, US Hwy 41 was the main highway for all traffic and big rigs.  As such, North South Truck Stop was the best and most accessible 24 hour truck stop and filling station for decades, until the early 1980's when the truck stop portion was closed.  To locals, we have remained affectionately known as "the Truck Stop" even though we are now a family friendly café.  We've undergone countless changes through the years.  But "not fancy, just good food" still holds up to this day. 


"Johnny Truckstop" has been North South Cafe's fun-loving Owner/Manager since the spatula was passed to him in 2005.

Esther Frederick owned and managed the Truck Stop for decades before passing the mantle on to her son, Johnny.  A family affair, her children and grandchildren have been deeply woven into the memories and culture here at NSC over the years.  Esther is shown below at her 80th birthday celebration with four of her five children.  (From left to right: Francene Brantley, Frankie Musarra, Esther Frederick, Angie West & Johnny Musarra.)

Generations of blessings.

Part of our friendly waiting staff:  Missy & Ernie


Enjoy a casual atmosphere with our truck stop family.

North South Cafe
EST. 1956
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