Druther’s Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky

As soon as I found out about Druther’s Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky, I contacted them through Facebook. Until then, I thought all the Burger Queen and Druther’s restaurants had shut down.

Druther’s started as Burger Queen in Winter Haven, Florida. The first location opened in 1956. By 1981 they had changed their name to Druther’s (a play on the word druthers) to try and change the common belief that they only sold burgers. They were also well known for their fried chicken.

Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
The Current Druther’s Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky

After speaking to Druther’s owner, Steve McCarty, I learned that his parents opened this location as Burger Queen #18 back in 1970. It’s cool that Steve is doing his part to preserve burger history.

My book All About The Burger includes the histories of Druther’s and its predecessor, Burger Queen. So, it was a no-brainer to have a book signing there, assuming that Steve would have me.

Druther’s Meal Before the Book Signing

Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Druther’s Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky

Lucky for me, he was all about it. Before the signing commenced, we enjoyed a meal.

Marcela ate biscuits and sausage gravy with country ham and hash browns. As you read this, we’re still talking about the deliciousness of the country ham.

Breakfast from Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Country Ham, and a Hashbrown
Country Ham from Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Country Ham

It was tough to choose between the Royal Burger (Double Decker with lettuce, tartar sauce, and cheese) and the Quarter Deluxe (Quarter-pound cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion), so I won’t.

You need to bring someone with you so you can try both. The regular burger is a pretty standard-size patty. I sampled aka shared the double with cheese.

Potato Wedges from Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Potato Wedges

It’s fresh meat, folks, not the frozen pucks that pass for burgers nowadays. It was great and reminded me of what the Whataburger chain in Texas serves in look, taste, and texture.

Druther's Royal Burger from Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Druther’s Royal Burger with Lettuce, Tartar Sauce and Cheese
Druther's Deluxe Quarter Pounder from Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Druther’s Deluxe Quarter Pounder with Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onion and Cheese

It’s a historical spot with great food; what other reason do you need to stop here?

Druther’s
101 N Columbia Avenue
Campbellsville, KY
(270) 465-3870

Website – https://druthersrestaurant.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DruthersRestaurant
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/druthers_restaurant

Monday 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

Burger Beast Book Signing in Kentucky

All About The Burger book signing at Druther's Restaurant
All About The Burger Book Signing at Druther’s Restaurant

The book signing was a blast. I was happy to finally meet Brian Easley, Vice President of Druther’s Systems (which co-owns several Dairy Queen locations in Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia).

Brian Easley, Burger Beast, and Steve McCarty at Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Brian Easley, Burger Beast, and Druther’s owner Steve McCarty
Books and Stickers at Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Books and Stickers
Burger Beast Signing a Book at Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Burger Beast Signing a Book
Burger Beast and Druther’s Superstar Employee Destiny Atkinson

He was integral in helping me get all the historical facts for Burger Queen and Druther’s correct for my book. While on that topic, please get in touch with Brian if you have any stories, old pics, or memorabilia of Burger Queen or Druther’s Restaurants that you’d like to share.

He is currently working on a coffee table book about the company’s history.

Burger Beast and Jody High at Druther's Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Burger Beast and Jody High of High’s Trip and Roadside

One last shoutout to my bud Jody High of High’s Trip and Roadside Facebook page, who drove from Durham, North Carolina, to Druther’s for the book signing. It was great seeing him again.

2 thoughts on “Druther’s Restaurant in Campbellsville, Kentucky”

  1. I also think I trained Steve’s dad.for his franchise. His partner was Logan Crume and if I am not mistaken his dad had a limp.

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  2. I worked as manager for the 1st burger queen franchisee in Radcliffe Ky. Before that I worked for the company at the Okolona store which came after Middleburg store in east end. I also worked for corporate in the capacity of area supervisor and in training department.I also assisted in the writing of the 1st owners manual.Did you ever hear the name Mick Gannon. My knowledge of Burger Queen is abundant and I would be more than happy to talk with you about it. The Real story.I look forward to hearing from you.

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