Historic Restaurant, Polar Freeze, to Close After 65 Years in Lawrence County

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Family members announced this week that the iconic Polar Freeze restaurant, located at 416 Highway 67 B in Lawrence County, will be permanently closing its doors at the end of the month.

A beloved destination for locals and visitors alike, Polar Freeze has been a cherished part of the community for 65 years. Known for its mouthwatering burgers, BBQ, milkshakes, and more, the restaurant has left a lasting impression on generations of patrons. On July 29, 2023, the establishment will bid farewell to its loyal customers.

The announcement was made by Kellie Allison Yates, the daughter of the late Jack Allison, who transformed Polar Freeze into a beloved tradition for many. Jack purchased the restaurant on July 1, 1958, from Thurlo Davis, who graciously allowed him to make payments as he could afford to. Under Jack’s ownership, Polar Freeze became a staple business in Walnut Ridge.

“For 61 years, Jack relished the fellowship with local customers and those from far and wide,” Kellie shared. “He never expected the tradition to last forever. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our customers for their unwavering support, loyalty, and friendship. We also want to express our appreciation to all past and present Polar Freeze employees for their dedication.”

Jack Allison passed away four years ago, and in a 2019 interview with KAIT, Kellie explained that the family didn’t want her mother, Jack’s widow, to have to shoulder the responsibility of running the business alone. Although the restaurant was put up for sale, it appears no suitable buyer was found, prompting the family to continue running the establishment until now.

Kellie also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of two long-serving managers, Pat and Darlene. Pat Murphy has been with Polar Freeze for an impressive 43 years, while Darlene has dedicated 35 years of service. The family extended their congratulations to Pat Murphy upon her retirement, recognizing her outstanding commitment as both an employee and manager.

As the cherished Polar Freeze prepares to close its doors, it leaves behind a legacy of delightful memories shared with its patrons throughout the decades. The impact it has had on the community and the hearts it has touched will forever be remembered.

Courtesy Kellie Allison Yates

Featured image source: Polar Freeze via Facebook

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