Judy’s Place is a friendly, locally owned establishment inside the heart of Devil’s Elbow. It is known for its hometown charm!
Judy Dye owned Judy’s Place for 28 years before her passing in 2015. Judy worked as a bartender at the old Hide Away bar in Devil’s Elbow for years before owning her own bar. Her love of bartending and the pleasurable interactions with patrons led her to open her own bar in 1987.
Judy’s daughter, Amy Krantz, wanted to continue her mother’s legacy and keep the establishment running. Many “regulars” and staff encouraged and supported Amy in the take-over of the three decade long business.
Amy was born and raised locally. She grew up on a farm in Waynesville and graduated from Waynesville High School. Amy met her husband, Lonnie, locally in 2005 and married in 2006. Lonnie is an Army Veteran and continues to work for the Department of Defense on Fort Leonard Wood. They reside in Waynesville with their three children, Tesla, Kaylin, and Joloni. Amy also juggles another full-time career along with managing and maintaining the bar.
When Amy took over her mother’s business, there were many obstacles that came with the ownership. Amy shared, “When taking over the bar I had to learn all business aspects of running the bar.” She continued, “My mom was a very independent woman who ran the business by herself, for the most part, until just a few months before her passing.”
When asked what advice she would give to future entrepreneurs, Amy responded, “seek as much advice and knowledge from a mentor. In my case this was my mom plus a few other successful business owners, close family members, and friends.”
Judy’s Place hosts an annual celebration of life in memory of Judy Dye where friends and family gather to celebrate and remember. Judy’s Place also hosts several potluck parties for special events and holidays throughout the year. “It is a place where friends become family.”
Amy is very involved within the Pulaski County community and enjoys giving back. Every year, her and her staff make Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners free to those who don’t have families. This is something that her mom started several years ago when she realized some of her customers did not have a family to celebrate with.
Judy’s Place is open seven days a week and has a happy hour on week nights from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The establishment has two very well maintained pool tables, karaoke nights, pinball, and friendly bartenders. Judy’s Place is primarily a beer bar but just recently started to sell wine. Pizza, chips, soda, snacks, and t-shirts are also offered for sale.
Judy’s Place strives for a family oriented atmosphere with the cheapest prices in town. Amy shared, “We make every effort to run a clean and respectable business where you can meet and spend time with great friends.” She continues, “We also have the coldest beer at the cheapest prices, around.”
Judy’s Place is located at 21754 Teardrop Road in Devil’s Elbow. You may find additional information and event notifications on the Judy’s Place Facebook page.
Judy’s place offers fun entertainment to its blend of customers including military veterans and the local community. The motto at Judy’s Place is “may all who come as guests, leave as friends!”