Chuckwagon Diner receives high ratings
By Sparta Live | February 22, 2006 12:00 am
Chuck Armstrong is an aviation mechanic by trade, but always had a dream of opening a restaurant.
Armstrong opened Chuckwagon Diner two weeks ago, and the restaurant has already received a 96 rating by the health department.
Armstrong opened Chuckwagon in Smithville about a year ago, but decided to relocate to Sparta because he lives here. He also feels it is a better location.
Chuckwagon serves breakfast, lunch and supper and is open from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
They offer a steam table including two meats and eight vegetables to choose from, and they also have a grill.
They grill steak, shrimp and hamburgers to name a few of the selections. A salad bar is also available every day.
Chuckwagon is a non-smoking restaurant
“The only thing I want people to smell when they come here is food,” said Armstrong.
His main goal is to provide good service, good food at a reasonable price and a clean environment for customers.
“Anyone is welcome to visit my kitchen at any time,” said Armstrong
Armstrong has about 14 on staff, including three full- time cooks and one part-time cook.
e is planning to have a lighted, covered deck area by spring so patrons can sit outside and enjoy the weather while they eat.
Sunday lunch at Chuckwagon includes varieties like pot roast and fried chicken with several vegetables. Chuckwagon plans to help the community by giving 5 percent of church group sales back to the church they attend.
Chuckwagon used to be the Buckboard Restaurant a few years ago. The Buckboard was the last restaurant Armstrong and his dad ever ate at before his dad passed away a few years ago.
“It is fitting that I should have my restaurant here,” said Armstrong
Armstrong also operates a full-service aviation maintenance business at Smithville Municipal Airport. He was trained as an aviation mechanic in the military. After returning home from active duty in 1978, he decided he wanted to open a restaurant but couldn’t afford to.
“When I came home in 1978, I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, and aircraft mechanics is what I knew how to do,” said Armstrong.
After many years he is finally living his dream as a restaurant owner.
Chuck’s wife Kay is an oncology nurse at Vanderbilt Hospital, in Nashville. They have two sons, Chuck and Eric.
They are both in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Chuck [son], a full-time college student, is working on his pilot’s license and is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq, in June.
Eric is in boot camp at Paris Island.
Chuckwagon Diner is open seven days a week from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. They are located at 115 Mayberry Street and can be reached at 837-9114.