3 Sisters open for the season

Brandie Collins
Posted 5/16/24

NIOBRARA – A favorite stop for many Niobrara County residents has opened for the season. Three Sisters Truck Stop has fired its grill up once more to serve some of the area’s most beloved cuisine. “Three Sisters” Lori Carpenter, Shirley Bullock and honoree sister Darlene Adams have owned their restaurant since April 15, 1997. The sisters recently celebrated 27 years of business. This celebration comes in spite of the sisters’ efforts to retire and pass the popular restaurant along to new owners.    

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NIOBRARA – A favorite stop for many Niobrara County residents has opened for the season. Three Sisters Truck Stop has fired its grill up once more to serve some of the area’s most beloved cuisine. “Three Sisters” Lori Carpenter, Shirley Bullock and honoree sister Darlene Adams have owned their restaurant since April 15, 1997. The sisters recently celebrated 27 years of business. This celebration comes in spite of the sisters’ efforts to retire and pass the popular restaurant along to new owners.    

“For some reason, God does not want us to sell,” Bullock said. “We feel like we could retire and sit on the beach, but right now it just doesn’t feel like it is meant to happen right.”

Bullock and Carpenter have leased their restaurant out under contract many times throughout the years. This time though, it was different for Carpenter and Bullock. They recently reclaimed the restaurant and bar, which had been under the management of engaged couple Saydie Larson and Drew Hester. Hester and Larson procured the truck stop over in 2023, but eventually decided that they weren’t ready to take over. Capenter and Bullock told the Herald that the Hesters’ decision did not bespeak any personal shortcomings. Instead, the Hesters were good owners. They simply felt that the restaurant was too much to handle. Nevertheless, the Hesters’ tenure as restaurant owners gave the three sisters a much-needed break. Larson will remain on to bartend.

“Lori and I have worked every facet of this business, from cooking to doing the books,” Bullock said. “If one of us can’t be here, then the other will be able to do it. We’re just going to look at it a little differently than we have in the past. I don’t know why everything falls through. The place makes money.”

“A lot of people think that we get a lot of breaks because we’re like a C store, but things are expensive,” Carpenter said.

Three Sisters Truck Stop is known for using homemade ingredients in lieu of canned foods. Moreover, very few local establishments still serve homemade pies, a culinary specialty boasted by Adams at Three Sisters for nearly three decades.  

Of course, times have been tough and, predictably, Bullock and Carpenter have felt the financial pinch. They have had to adjust prices to compensate for higher employee wages. However, this higher expense has been a worthwhile one, as is evidenced by the fact that much of the regular staff have returned.

Summer hours for Three Sisters Truck Stop are as follows:  

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The restaurant will be closed on Mondays. The bar will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. until close. The bar will be closed Sunday and Monday.