About Our History

Sutton's Grocery 702 N Prince Street Princeton Indiana 1946

Sutton's Grocery

located at 702 N. Prince Street

Princeton, Indiana 47670

Dick Clark's Family Restaurant

Dick Clark's
Family Restaurant

located at 702 N. Prince Street

Princeton, Indiana 47670

Richard Clark Cutting Steaks at Dick Clark's

Dick Clark's Drive-in

In 1961, Sutton's grocery was closed and the ice cream shop took over the entire building, becoming Dick Clark's Drive-in. Curb service began and continues today. 
 In 1969, the building was extended creating room for 20 more seats. In 1982, a new dining room was added to increase seating to 150.


Richard Dick Clark, Dick Clark's Restaurant
Richard "Dick" Clark

While serving in the Philippines during World War II, Richard "Dick" Clark realized that coca-cola, ice cream, and short orders were going to be the rage. In December 1946, he purchased a Taylor ice cream freezer and 12 ice cream cans for $2,479.00 and began making ice cream. He set up the ice cream shop in a concrete block addition to his uncle's grocery store, Sutton's grocery, which is now Dick Clark's.


Edna Ma Clark Dick Clark's Family Restaurant
Edna Ma Clark

In front of Sutton's Grocery


Jeff Clark after the fire 2007

Jeff Clark

Just after the fire

On July 29 2007, at 10:21 p.m. Firefighters were called to the restaurant, the popular Gibson County establishment was gutted by fire owner, Richard "Jeff" Clark, vowed to reopen the restaurant as soon as possible. 

The Restaurant has become known to the locals as Dick Clark’s Family Restaurant and has been continually been operated by the Clark Family for the past (72) seventy two years. The Clark Family has expanded the restaurant several times over the years to now include meeting room and a large banquet room with a capacity of 200. The Clark Family invites you come visit the next time you’re in town and see where the locals eat.