By Joy Wilken
Special to The Free Press 

Viking Drive-Inn survives challenges


Last updated 1/4/2024 at 5:33pm

Joy Wilken

Sheila Martin and Linda Johnston have kept The Viking Drive-Inn alive in Sprague during a difficult five years.

SPRAGUE – Two local women have combined their efforts over the last five years to keep a restaurant open in the wake of COVID shutdown mandates and challenges finding employees.

Sheila Martin and sister-in-law Linda Johnston took over The Viking Drive-Inn in 2019, following the death of Martin's husband, Gary Martin. You can find them at the 209 E. Fourth St. restaurant daily. Sister Barb Shafer also helps out.

The biggest challenge since the end of the pandemic shutdowns, according to Martin and Johnston, is finding and keeping good help willing to work regularly and do a good job.


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