and Lisa Vines were both born in California in towns about
325 miles apart. Kenneth, born in the town of Ceres, about 100
miles east of San Francisco, doesnt remember too much
about California since his family moved to Paris when he was
four years old. Lisa, born in Inglewood near Los Angeles, moved
to Paris when she was 11. They became high school sweethearts
and married in 1976.
Kenny says, after marrying, we decided to try the big
city. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Kenny
worked in a fiberglass factory with Lisas father. After
about 9 months, Kenny decided that the big city life
was not for him and was not a place to raise a family. They
consequently moved back to Paris, started a family, and as Kenny
says, worked at about every kind of job there was: on the dairy
farm with his dad, at the local John Deere dealership, selling
Purina feed, driving a truck, and selling cars at Paris Ford.
Lisa, meanwhile, worked at Tastee Freeze, the John Deere dealership,
an abstract company, and of course, became the mother of 6 little
1990, Kenneth proposed the idea of putting a restaurant in the
building that was once the 22 Café to his
sister Linda. She proceeded to let Kenny know just how crazy
he was and the subject was dropped. About 3 months later, Linda
decided that just maybe it wouldnt be such a bad idea.
After all, where could you get a good home cooked
meal in town? And as they say, the rest is history!
Of Course, at the time, neither Kenny nor Linda knew that she
would be moving to Fort Smith within a couple of years.
remodeling of the old 22 Café building took about one
year to complete. The entire building was gutted and the interior
was started from scratch. The Grapevine Restaurant opened for
business on the February 12, 1991 at 11:00 am. Menus were still
being put together and handed to customers pouring in the door.
strides have been made since that day, and The Grapevine Restaurant
provides a great family atmosphere with an excellent menu. Features
include a semi-circle bar, a banquet room perfect for meetings
and gatherings, meats smoked on the premises, and the finest
homemade bread youll ever eat. The Vines family invites
you to join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner Tuesday through