best of Kearney

Voted Best Italian Restaurant Since 2019!

Currently Best Steak!


Welcome to “Joy’s Table”, formerly “SOZO American Cuisine”.  Owned by the Klute family since 2016, the devastating flood in July of 2019 presented us with the opportunity to bring a more family focused, fine dining experience to Kearney.  In addition to the new name – you’ll find a newly designed dining room, new menu, new drinks with the same focus on the freshest locally produced ingredients.  We are pleased and honored to continue our service to the Kearney community and visitors.




Joy (Bailey) Klute was a special lady.  Not only was she a farm wife and mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many, she was also a gourmet cook before that term was widely used.  Growing up in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, Joy knew how to make delicious meals with everyday ingredients.  In 1947, Joy moved from Bartlesville, Oklahoma to marry Herbert Klute, a widower with four young children.  Another five children were born to the family, who made their home on a farm near Hampton, Nebraska.  Joy not only prepared three meals each day for the family, but also took morning and afternoon lunch to the men in the field most days. Her specialty was Southern panfried chicken, mashed potatoes and white gravy, served with homemade bread and jam–and usually dessert.  Joy’s Table is a place where her name and way of doing things continues to touch the lives of central Nebraskans and other folks who are just passing through.

ribeye with bacon bleu cheese
Cobb salad
sea bass
pepperoni pizza


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Monday – Thursday:

 DINNER 4 pm to 9 pm

Friday – Saturday:

 DINNER 4 pm to 10 pm