Elevator Pub opens in Valley Falls
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
A turn-of-the-century upright piano was moved into the Elevator Pub last week, just days before Richard and Sue Allerheiligen swung the doors open on the new bar and restaurant in Valley Falls.
Richard bought the piano for $1 at an auction in Linn. It had been moved out of another bar and no one else wanted it. He’s pretty sure he can get a dollar’s worth of good out of it here.
The Allerheiligens have been residents of Meriden for 24 years and operated the Watering Hole for 10 years, selling it about three years ago. Sue has been working part time at ZZzzz Convenience Store at Meriden.
They will involve their three children and their daughter’s boyfriend in operating the pub, which will serve cereal malt beverages and meals. Sue indicated they might acquire liquor-by-the-drink licensing after Jan. 1.
The pub is equipped with pool tables, juke box, and games. An occasional live band and karaoke will be included in the entertainment fare.
The kitchen will have a complete menu of sandwiches and short orders with a mashed potatoes and meat special.
An outside beer garden has been developed, favored mostly by those who prefer to smoke.
The building is being leased from Matt and Sheila Frakes who operated The Old Elevator from the Maple Street location. Historically the building served as a feed store for the Holly “Jack” Reichart elevator.
The building has undergone a number of remodeling improvements.
Sue was born in Wisconsin but lived all over the world growing up since both her parents, the late William and Betty Rand, were in the military. Her father was a veteran of three wars, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam.
“We were living in Kansas when he was sent to Vietnam,” she said.
Richard or “Rick” is a Clifton native and has been with Hallmark Cards for 40 years. The last few years he has been on medical leave and is partially blind.
Their son, Chad, is a veteran of the Iraq war with a medical discharge and their son, Ryan, is a member of the Kansas Army National Guard. Their daughter, Ashley, is persuing studies to be a certified nurse’s aide and will go on to nursing school. Her boyfriend, Daniel Duncan, will be the cook.
Their hours starting out will be 11 a.m. to midnight and closed Sunday and Monday.
“We will be open to suggestions and will try to accommodate our customers,” Sue said.
“I never anticipated how much I’d miss the people when we sold the Watering Hole,” she said. “Getting to know the customers is what I enjoy the most.”
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