In the Winter 2017 issue of Kansas Magazine, Fort Scott’s own Nate’s Place is third out of twenty Kansas favorite local eateries.
The restaurant located at the corner of Eighth Street and National Avenue was notified of the statewide contest in the fall.
“It was an online platform,” Nate Lyons, owner of the eatery, said. “We were told you could vote online and encouraged our customers to do it.”
Lyons didn’t know about the win until the publication of the magazine November 2017.
The restaurant is located in the southern mansion that is part of the Lyon’s Twin Mansions. Nate Lyons has been the owner since 2009.
General Manager Shawn O’Brien has been at Nate’s Place since August 2016.
Currently, soups are special lunch items at the restaurant.
“We make fresh soups every couple of days,” O’Brien said. “Homemade potato, vegetable beef, tortellini, fresh tomato soup… Facebook inspires me.”
“They are trying to get me to do dill pickle soup, but I’m not doing it for personal reasons,” he said with a smile.
“We are the only restaurant in town that serves breakfast all day,” O’Brien said.
The restaurant can provide fine dining experiences with reservations to groups from five to 60 people, O’Brien said.
“Groups come in to play bunco,” he said. “The Magazine Club meets here. It’s great during the summer to have a cocktail on the front porch.”
The restaurant also does murder mystery parties.
“The game is free and involves eight characters,” Lyon’s said. “They pay for the dinner, we provide the three-course meal.”
“For less than $50 per person you get entertainment and a three-course meal,” Lyon said. “There is special pricing for overnight stays.”
The Lyon’s Twin Mansions are a well-known local bed and breakfast.
The eatery is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is closed on Monday.
The Lounge at Nate’s Place is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., with happy hour from 5-6 p.m.
“We offer a heavy appetizer menu,” O’Brien said. “And liquor and wine for $5 each and beer $1 off.”
On Friday, lunch customer Carol Creager said “I like breakfast here. It’s such a nice atmosphere and the waitress Mary Ann is very friendly and accommodating.”