About the Parkers

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Emily and I have been married for 15 years, have four children, and live just minutes away from Mahoney State Park in Ashland. We bought a failing restaurant in 2005 and struggled for years to turn it around. We knew we were doing the right things and paid attention to every detail. The food had to be delicious, the service attentive, and the ambiance engaging and comfortable. That only happens when it’s managed daily by owner-operators, which we did and still do…Everyday. You can never stop coaching!

We now have four restaurants. Parker’s Smokehouse in Lincoln, Ashland, and Nebraska City. And, of course, Mahoney Grille in Mahoney State Park.