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Couple opens restaurant on Plainview's golf course

PLAINVIEW, Minn. - Troy and Joy Stock are working hard to make their newest venture a success.

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Troy and Joy Stock own the Stumble Inn2 on Piper Hills Golf Course in Plainview. They also own the Stumble Inn in Millville and Stock Yard and Sod Service in Elgin.

PLAINVIEW, Minn. - Troy and Joy Stock are working hard to make their newest venture a success.

"We're serious about it, we want to make this place work," Troy said. "Every customer to us is very valuable."

The Elgin couple officially opened Stumble Inn2 on the Piper Hills Golf Course in Plainview on Oct. 1.

They first looked at the restaurant four years ago. They had an interest in buying it, but the timing wasn't right. They made an offer last year that was rejected, but worked out a deal toward the end of summer.

They spent the next couple months cleaning and remodeling. They moved the bar across the room, installed a dishwasher and ice machine and added a second corn/wood pellet stove. They took the tablecloths off to reveal lovely tables underneath and put ceramic napkin holders on each table. Joy and her friends added their decorative touch.

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"We changed a lot of things," Troy said.

They also installed a lighted display case along one wall. The case is filled with clothing designed by Joy. The T-shirts and hoodies are embroidered with Stumble Inn2 and also the Plainview-Elgin-Millville mascot, the Bulldog. Joy also runs a specialty photography products business.

They opened quietly on Sept. 24, giving themselves time to work out the kinks before the official opening.

"We thought we knew what we were getting into, but in hindsight, we didn't know much," Joy said.

The couple have been in the bar business for over a decade, marking 11 years of owning the Stumble Inn in Millville on March 1.

The food service business is a challenge, Troy said, but he thrives on challenge.

"It's the hospitality industry, I enjoy it and I love being behind the bar," he said. Troy grew up working at his grandparents' bar in Hammond. His grandparents are Freddy and Adeline Sheik.

Both Joy and Troy tend bar at the Stumble Inn2. Joy spends most of her time at the Stumble Inn2, while Troy splits his time between the Stumble Inn and Stumble Inn2.

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The Stumble Inn2 offers two popular buffets.

Their Friday Night Buffet, offered from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., includes broiled and batter fried fish, shrimp, potato, baked beans, meatballs, chicken and a full soup and salad bar. There are eight hot items, Troy said. Cost is $11.99 for adults, $5.99 for ages 5 to 11 and free for those younger than 4.

"This is not your average run of the mill fish fry," Troy said.

They also offer a Sunday morning brunch served from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It includes a full soup and salad ball, eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza, cinnamon rolls and bars. Cost is $10.99 for adults, $5.99 for ages 5 to 11 and free for those 4 and younger.

People who come to the Stumble Inn2 want a simple, plain meal, Troy said. The open-face pot roast and country fried steak are popular lunch specials. They also accommodate special dietary needs.

They are proud to serve butter from Plainview Milk Products, Troy said.

During the winter, several snowmobilers stopped in and the couple hope golfers will stop by as the golf season begins. The dining room has big windows that provide a wonderful view of the course.

The Stumble Inn2 is the site of two upcoming fundraisers. On April 9, the PEM Quarterback Club and Track Backers will have a fundraiser for new bleachers and a press box at the field in Elgin.

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On April 9, the Lion's Club will host their 17th annual ladies night out from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. "The Women of Wall-Mart" is this year's theme. Tickets are $35 and available from Lion's Club members or the bartender at the Stumble Inn2.

- Janet Kubat Willette

Cutline: Troy and Joy Stock own the Stumble Inn2 on Piper Hills Golf Course in Plainview. They also own the Stumble Inn in Millville and Stock Yard and Sod Service of Elgin.

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