Corner restaurant open again under new ownership in McLouth
by Dennis Sharkey
Once again a restaurant occupies the northeast corner of Union and Lake streets in McLouth but will it stay open?
New owner Jeffrie Bross believes so and says his family’s experience and know-how will keep it open.
Over the last two years the building has been open under one name or another. In late 2009 it was opened as the Davis Family Restaurant but by July of last year the restaurant was closed.
About two months later the building’s owner, Butch Bartlett, rented the building to his son and daughter-in-law who opened Skeeters. That operation lasted until this past spring when once again the restaurant shut down.
Bross said he has something that neither of the previous owners have in experience. This will be the ninth restaurant that Bross or his family has operated in the last 40 years. Bross’s mother waited tables for 45 years and taught her son the business.
The Bross family has operated restaurants in places like Adrian and Butler Mo.
Bross, who has spent much of the past 18 years traveling around with a construction company that erects cell phone towers, was in town earlier this year visiting his fiancee’s parents. Bross said he saw the building on the corner sitting empty and began inquiring.
The phone calls were made and now Bross has a one-year lease on the building that is now known as the Red Barn Restaurant.
“I didn’t like the blue building,” said Bross who admitted that red is his favorite color when coming up with the name. “It fits with the white trim and what more do you have of in the country than red barns.”
Although the restaurant is still being pieced together it is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Bross is still putting some things together and looking for help staff.
The menu features Americana items such as sandwiches and fries but also offers items such as steaks and chicken fried steaks. Bross said the restaurant’s feature item is a handmade breaded pork tenderloin.
Each day there will be a lunch and dinner special and coming soon will be a lunch and dinner buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner. On weekends there will be a breakfast buffet.
Bross is originally from the Bonner Springs area and currently lives near Linwood with his fiancee.
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