By Joy Wilken
Special to The Journal 

Two women keep The Viking alive in Sprague

Owners cut back hours to survive challenges


Last updated 1/2/2024 at 10:08am

Joy Wilken| Special to The Journal

Sheila Martin and Linda Johnston have kept The Viking Drive-Inn open during challenging times over the last 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-In 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 with the business.

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 go...

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