Category Archives: Food

New Hibachi/Sushi Restaurant To Open in Former Kress Building

Kasi and Aung Kyaw-Gates. Submitted photo.

Kasi, 23,  and Aung Kyaw-Gates, 29,  are working to open a hibachi/sushi restaurant in downtown Fort Scott at 17 S. Main.

They have named it Samurai Hibachi and Sushi and hope to be open in October following renovation and hiring of employees, Kasi said.

Sushi is raw meat with seaweed rice on the outside, rolled into a roll then cut into eight pieces, she said.

“We have salmon, shrimp tempura, eel, veggie, spicy tuna, and a crab salad,” Kasi said.

Hibachi is rice or noodles with meat, grilled on a flat top grill with a sauce, she said.

The couple ran a food truck on East Wall street earlier this year, but closed down when a partner left the business for a larger town, Kasi said.

Kasi and Aung Gates with Robert Coon, inside the former Kress Building. Submitted photo.

“We waited until we could find a place to open a restaurant and Robert Coon got a hold of us,” she said.

Coon is the owner of Coon Rentals LLC and recently bought 17 S. Main at a Bourbon County Commission auction.

“My husband has always wanted to open his own restaurant…and had worked in many restaurants and food places. He knows everything needed to open and succeed,” Kasi said.

Gates provided the following menus for the restaurant:

Kasi is a 2017 graduate of Uniontown High School and a 2019 graduate of Fort Scott Community College with a general science degree, she said.

Her husband, originally from Myanmar (Burma) has been in the U.S. for five years, ending up in Pittsburg, KS, where they met.

They were married in November 2019.

Aung is currently working in Pittsburg at a hibachi/sushi restaurant and Kasi owns the Third Fairy shop at 1 E. Wall Street.

“I sell incense, herbs, tarot cards, chrystals, and pagan and Wiccan items,” she said.

Kress Building, 17 S. Main, August 2020.

Coon said the first floor of the building will be divided, with the restaurant on the current kitchen side. He said an attorney has expressed interest in renting the other side.



New Service Station Opens on South Hwy. 69

K.C. Mart owner Harjit Kaur waits on a customer on Sept. 8.

A new gas service station/convenience store, K.C. Mart, has opened at 946 S. Hwy. 69, near the LaRoche Baseball Stadium, south of Fort Scott.

The station was opened August 23 by the owner Harjit Kaur.

In addition to gasoline, the station offers dine-in seating space for customers to enjoy food, beer, and soft drinks.

Offered also are off-road diesel fuel, regular diesel fuel and racing fuel (leaded 110), and Octane 93 premium fuel, Kaur said.

“Semi-truck parking is allowed in the back of the station,” Kaur said. “No prior arrangements are necessary.”

Semi-truck parking is allowed in the back of the K.C. Mart Station at 946 S. Hwy. 69.

Harjit and husband Binder Singh also opened a K.C. Mart at 2191 Soldier Road,  hear Hammond, north of Fort Scott in October 2020. KC Mart: Gas Station Service to Northern Bourbon County

“We wanted to establish more business,” Kaur said. “People would come from this area to our store near Hammond for Opie’s Pizza that we serve. We thought we would come here to provide it.”

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information or to order a pizza, call 620-644-9867.

K.C. Mart, 946 S. Highway 69, across from the LaRoche Baseball Stadium.


Dry Wood Creek Cafe: New Business Owners at the Former Lyon’s Mansions

In front is Seraphine, with Jackson, Marty, Carrie, and Caleb Elton. Submitted photo.
A new family to Fort Scott has purchased the two former Lyon’s Mansions on National Avenue.
Marty and Carrie Elton moved their family into the north mansion on June 1.
The south mansion’s main floor, formerly known as Nate’s Place, will be a restaurant called Dry Wood Creek Cafe, Carrie Elton said.
The Elton’s will be offering delicious food, and a comfortable space to enjoy it, Carrie said.
“Marty has been in the restaurant business his entire life,” she said. “He has been both in the back of the house and the front of the house. He is past president of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and most recently the owner and operator of a successful catering company.”
Marty Elton. Submitted photo.
Carrie grew up north of Buffalo, NY among “amazing bakers and cooks” and desires to bring those flavors to the people of Fort Scott, she said.
The Eltons were looking for opportunities to move to a small town, she said.
“We found this property and immediately fell in love with it,” she said. “A perfect confluence of events made this dream a reality for us.”
“We are currently living in the former bed and breakfast with our three children and two dogs,” Carrie said. “Once the children are grown we may look at reopening the  north mansion as a bed and breakfast.”
They have been preparing to open the restaurant soon, possibly next week if staffing and licensing issues are resolved.
There is office space available on the second floor that they “look forward to partnering with someone as they begin their journey,” she said.
The third floor is a two-bedroom apartment that is currently a vacation rental on  Vacation Rentals By Owner, VRBO, she said.
The restaurant is slated to have hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact information for Marty or Carrie is 620.224.2970. Like the restaurant on their Facebook page, Dry Creek Cafe.
“We look forward to holding special events a couple of times a month, at night,” she said. “More information will be available on these once we get up and running.” 

The menu is taken from their Facebook page:

From the Dry Wood Creek Cafe Facebook page.

Register for Sept. 18-19 Multiple Sports Events at Gunn Park by This Sunday


Runners in the October 2015 Tri-Yak-A-thon.

Next weekend, two annual sports events will be combined: the Marmaton Massacre with the  Tri-Yak-A-Thon and additionally a separate golf disc tournament.

Local businessman and bike enthusiast, Frank Halsey is the organizer of the bike race called the Marmaton Massacre and the kayak-run-bike contest called the Tri-Yak-A-Thon.

The Marmaton Massacre is still seeking participants, according to the Gunn Park Trails Facebook page.

The deadline to register is this Sunday,  September 12, at midnight.

Frank Halsey, the event organizer, hugs his grandson following a first-place win in the kids’ race in July 2018.

“The Gunn Park Trail Volunteers (the sponsors of the events)are super excited! It’s going to be a very busy weekend in beautiful Gunn Park,” Halsey said.

“We’ve combined our annual Marmaton Massacre Festival and The annual Tri-Yak-A-Thon into a really fun-packed weekend, September 18th & 19th,”  Halsey said.  “In addition, Danny Craig is hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday, the 18th.

“We kick off the activities with the Tri-Yak-A-Thon, at 9 a.m. Saturday,” Halsey said. “This is our 8th year for this charitable fundraiser of running a 5k on the trails, kayaking a 5k on the Marmaton River, and finishing with a 10k ride on the trails.”

Participants may go solo, or as a relay team.

“Solo is for those hard-core athletes, while the relay team is not easy, it’s definitely easier,” he said. “I don’t run any longer, so my daughter, Libby, and I will be a team. Proceeds of the Tri-Yak-A-Thon are donated to proceeds go to Fort Scott Paws and Claws Animal Shelter.”

“At 1 p.m. the Massacre officially starts with the marathon race,” Halsey said. “This is a 3-hour race, where participants complete as many laps as possible on our trails.”

To participate in the events see the Gunn Park Trails Facebook page, registrations must be sent by Sunday, Sept. 12.

The whole community is invited to watch.

“While most of the events are not really spectator-friendly, we’d love to have the locals show up for the Saturday evening festivities,” he said. “These start about 5:30 p.m. with the always fun Kid’s Bike Race. We create an open course, through the park, so not on the trails, for kids 10 years old and under. This is a hoot watching these kids, and everybody cheering.”

At 6:30 p.m. a father and son, Ed and Exander Schilling, St. Joe, MO will give a demonstration on bike skills.

Halsey describes the two as “extremely talented.”  “Ed can do things on a bike that most can’t do on their feet, and Exander likes to get big air,” he said.

“Around 7:30 pm we have live music with DJ Brown & The Bourbon County Revival performing until about 9 or 9:30 p.m.,” he said.  “They are a local band, that plays a little bit of everything.”

“The Beech Street Eats food truck will be onsite for refreshments,” Halsey said.

“This is a great family atmosphere, and we hope the people of Fort Scott, and the surrounding area, will bring their lawn chairs, kid’s bikes, enjoy the evening in beautiful Gunn Park,” he said.

“We could not do this without our volunteers and our generous sponsors, including:

  • Eric’s Bike & Board of Overland Park
  • The Lockton Companies
  • UMB Bank
  • Sharky’s Pub & Grill
  • Cheney Witt Funeral Home
  • Sonic and Typhoon Bay Car Wash
  • Landmark Bank
  • City State Bank
  • Keys
  • Mid-Continental
  • Brock Electric
  • Labconco
  • Ward Kraft
  • CK Pro Photography
  • New Wave Broadband”


Drive-Through Soup Lunch Oct. 15

The First United Methodist Church, 301 S. National, will host a drive-through soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021.

  The soups available to order will be potato, chicken noodle, and chili with cake for dessert. 

Any free will donation received will be used by the Hospitality and Outreach Committee for their programs in the community and the church.  

Meals will be served under the drive-through of the building.


Submitted by Marla Gorman,Administrative Assistant, First United Methodist Church


Volunteers Are the Mainstay of The Beacon


Wib Mowen and Joe Lee stand in front of the new sign at The Beacon. Submitted photo.

The Beacon, a local helping agency, depends on volunteers.

The Beacon organization was established in 1985 to serve Bourbon County residents in need.

Volunteer donations of services and talents are what it takes to make the Beacon a more attractive and inviting place for clients and the community, according to Carol MacArthur, chairwoman of the Beacon board.

“Joe Lee is a local artist who has worked inside and outside the Beacon volunteering his talent,” MacArthur said.  “He does the signs and has painted a beautiful lighthouse mural inside the building.”

Lee recently created a new sign for the front of the building to replace one in need of repair.

Other  Beacon volunteers include Wib Mowen who volunteers carpentry skills and helps with many other tasks, including helping Lee with his sign.

Hi wife, Patty Mowen is the assistant director of the Beacon.

This summer,  Bro’s Cleaning Services, Fort Scott, power washed the whole building for free, MacArthur said. “The siding absolutely looks new.”

“Philips Lawn Care has mowed the last three years–again for free–to keep up the yard,” MacArthur said.

“Then we have Dave Gillen’s wife, Debbie,” she said. “Dave is the director. Debbie is the main coordinator for the signups for Adopt a Child.”

The Beacon is funded by donations from churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals.

Also, each year the Beacon applies for various grants to help with food and monetary assistance.

They serve approximately 960 individuals a month and if a person is on food stamps, they are automatically eligible for services.

In addition to food packages, The Beacon provides non-food items like blankets, toiletries, laundry powder, and diapers.

To receive assistance, individuals must be willing to share information about their current income levels and proof of Bourbon County residency. Families in crisis are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact info:

525 E. Sixth Street, Fort Scott; phone 620.223.6869.


Old Settler’s Picnic Is On for Sept. 3-6

The Boy Scout Pack and Troup 114 and Girl Scout Troup 71650 lead the children’s parade in the Uniontown Old Settlers Picnic festivities in this 2019 photo.
Uniontown’s Old Settlers Weekend is on for Sept. 3-6 after a hiatus of one year because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
There will be three rodeos, a kids fishing derby, a community church service, and a family game night preceding the day of the annual picnic on Labor Day.
Olson Ranch Wally and Jennifer Olson,
Travis and Kellie Duncan pose following a win at the 2019 Old Settlers Ranch Rodeo. Submitted photo.
On Labor Day, vendors will line the town’s square, including food vendors to feed the crowd that usually shows up for the parade at 10 a.m.
The event has been going on in the small town of about 300 people for 115 years.
“The theme for this year is Hats Off For Hometown Pride,” said Shayla Knight, president of the Old Settler’s Picnic Committee, which meets year-round to plan the event
“We have rolled the theme over from last year,” Knight said.
“We are excited to be having Old Settlers Picnic this year.”
“All of our traditional events will be taking place, she said. “Saturday morning is the kid’s fishing derby.”
“Sunday at 10 a.m. is church in the park with Uniontown First Missionary Baptist Church hosting our community. As always donuts and coffee will be available. Sunday evening at 6 p.m. we will be hosting a family game night in the park. Two years ago we started this and for the first time, it went very well. There is something for everyone on family game night! Cornhole, bubble gum contest, watermelon contest.”

There will be concessions available through the UHS Cheerleaders and other organizations and vendors.

The Uniontown High School Class of 1959 wait to board their float for the 2019 Old Settlers Picnic Parade.
“Monday are our traditional events featuring the baby contest, kid parade, parade, drawings, and kids games,” she said.
Alicia Jackson and Alan Shinn were honored as Grand Marshalls in the 2019 Old Settlers Picnic Parade.
“Also this year will be the 2nd annual Dale Jackson Memorial Car Show,” Knight said. “Two years ago there was a great turnout and this year we are hoping for even more. Cars are welcome to participate in the parade if they choose to or just in the car show. Sara Roufs has been solely committed to the car show since day one and has exceeded all expectations. We as a committee appreciate the wonderful addition to the Old Settlers Picnic.”
Uniontown High School Cheerleaders board their float for the 2019 Old Settlers Picnic Parade.
“In addition, we will have bounce houses available for the kids,” she said. “We are still currently looking for volunteers to help man them. All volunteers must be 18 or older. We have a sign-up link on our Facebook page if anyone is willing to volunteer for an hour.”
“Overall we are happy to be able to hold this event this year and look forward to the fun weekend,” Knight said.
Contacts for the events are the fishing derby-Shayla Knight at 224-8493 or Kyle Knight at 224-8436; the rodeos-Wayne Hall 363-4206; vendor and craft registration and the baby contest-Hope Workman at 224-8196; the parade line-up- Becky Shinn at 223-9532, family night games and the children’s parade lineup-Rhonda Dewitt at 215-1939; kids games-Candice Clayton at 224-8945.
Flyers are available at Union Station, Uniontown City Hall, Uniontown Post Office, and HB Salon.
Those helping with the event are Shayla and Kyle Knight, Hope Workman, Tammy Davidson, Rhonda DeWitt, Wayne Hall, First Missionary Baptist Church, Marty DeWitt, the City of Uniontown, Bobby Rich, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, and Uniontown Ruritan Club.

Sharky’s Pub Open Today from 11 a.m to 2 a.m.

Let’s Celebrate!
Sharky’s Pub & Grub Will Open this Saturday, August 7th(11 am until 2 am)
Dave & Tina would like to extend their gratitude & say “Thank you” for the overwhelming community support during the unfortunate event of the adjacent historic Eagle Block building ultimately being demolished.
The Lipe family looks forward to seeing everyone!
FORTSCOTT.COM | 620-223-3566

What’s Happening in Fort Scott Aug. 6 Newsletter

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!
August 6th ~ Weekly Newsletter
August 6th thru 8th
Thank you to the Participating Retailers!
Every Friday & Saturday!
50-minute Narrated Trolley Tour
of Historic Fort Scott. Every hour on the hour. Depart from the Fort Scott
Chamber at 231 E. Wall St.
Friday hours: 11 am until 3 pm
Saturday hours: 10 am until 3 pm.
$6 Adults & $4 for 12 yrs & under.
FREE – See more details below.
Friday, August 6th thru August 8th
Click here for flyers & participating retailers.
8/6 – Friday Night Concert in the Park – Excited to bring Cherry Grove Baptist Church f to the Heritage Pavilion Park. Click here for info.
8/6 & 8/7 ~ Fort Scott Livestock Sale. Click here for info.
8/6 – 8/12 – Fort Scott Cinema. Now showing:
The Suicide Squad, Jungle Cruise & Space Jam. Click here for more showtimes and upcoming movies.
8/6 – Boiler Room Brewhaus: LEFT TO CENTER BAND!7 PM. Ghetto Food Truck will be serving from 5 pm until ?. Click hereto learn more.
8/6 – CORNHOLE FUN AT HOLMTOWN PUB, EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AT 6 PM. Click here for more information.
8/6- Farmers’ Market, 8 am to noon, Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort.
8/6 ~ 8/9 – The Lavender Patch Farm To learn more about events & hours open,click here.
July Hours open daily. Thurs. thru Mon.
8/7 ~ Fort Scott City Golf Championship Tournament. To learn more about events & hours open,click here.
8/7 ~ EKTEC Rodeo in Uniontown (Eastern Kansas Timed Event Circuit) To learn more about events & hours open,click here.
8/7 ~ Hollister Shooting Range Open 1st & 3rd weekend of each month. To learn more about events & hours open,click here.
8/7 ~ Memorial Bull Riding Benefit for Michael Jeffers Family at Bourbon County Fairgrounds. To learn more about events & hours open, click here.
8/13 – Bourbon County Arts Council presents “Flagship Romance Concert live” on the Patio at Liberty Theatre. starts at 8 pm, clickhere for more information with cost and location.
8/13 – Bourbon County Comedy Night Open Mic, click here for more info. 9-11 pm, new amateur comedian every 5 minutes, age 18+over.
8/14- Farmers’ Market, 8 am to noon, Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort. Bourbon County Democrats serving Breakfast on the Bricks this Saturday, click here for more info.
Downtown Fort Scott is booming!
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Fort Scott Area
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Chamber Highlights
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We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
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Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
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Many opportunities available!
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Many fitness options are available…
SPIN classesnow offered bySmallville Athletics, every Mon & Wed at 5:15 pm, and Tu & Thurs at 6 pm. $5/class or $50/mo. unlimited.
Total Body Fitness ~ M & W Karen Reinbolt at BRCC@
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Zumba~ M,W, F @ 6pm Monalynn Decker at BRCC $40 for a 12-week session.
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Beech Street Eats: A Full Restaurant on Wheels

From left: Chasi Pickert, Kenna Smith, John Alley and Christy Montogo man the Beech Street Eats food trailer at the Bourbon County Fair.

A new restaurant on wheels started on Memorial Day 2021 by Wesley and Kenna Smith, called Beech Street Eats.

“My parents, Kenneth and Calen Alley, owned the Riverside Cafe in Belltown for 15 years,” Kenna Smith said. “We kids worked there.”

“I managed the Best Western OFF Club and restaurant from 1986 to ’89,” Smith said.

Her brother John Alley works as the cook in the new food trailer venture.

“John was grill cook at Mercy Hospital for 20 years,” she said. “My dad was a cook in the navy.  We’ve always done food. We are a family of cooks.”

“We decided on a 30-foot food trailer, so we can travel,” she said.

The 30-foot food trailer is a restaurant on wheels.

When they first started at the end of May, they were asked to do weddings and graduation parties,  and even the Good ‘Ol Days Festival, but wanted to get a little experience in the food trailer business first, she said

They park their food trailer on the east side of Lockwoods Motor Supply, located at 1523 S. National Avenue, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“But we might switch that up in the future,” Smith said.

The employees are herself,  her brother, John, her daughter Chasi Pickert and Cristy Montogo.

Mark Brillhart, a Bourbon County Fair Board member, asked the Smiths to provide food during the fair last week.

They had a steady stream of customers.

On the horizon for the business is providing food for special events and festivals, she said.

Beech Street Eats Food Trailer menu.

Some of their crowd favorite offerings are street burritos, Philly sandwiches, and quesadillas, she said.

“The street burrito is a 14-inch shell filled with steak, chicken, cheese, guac, homemade pico, salsa with steak fries,” Smith said. “It’s one of our best sellers.”

“For the quesadilla, we make our own pico, fresh every day,” she said. “We try to get our tomatoes and onions from the Fort Scott Farmer’s Market.”

For those craving a sweet dessert, they include homemade cherry cheesecake and homemade peanut butter pie to finish out a meal.

For more information or to phone an order: 620-224-8005.


Chasi Pickert and her mother Kenna Smith wait on customers, Lisa and Dale Griffiths, at the Bourbon County Fair on Wednesday. Griffiths is a member of the fair board.




Rodeo! At Bourbon County Fair Starts Today

It’s that time of year, spending time with family, friends, and neighbors at the Bourbon County Fair.
The fair showcases talents, and provides entertainment, and offers local products to buy. Local entertainers will be featured at the final event on Saturday night.
This year’s Bourbon County Fair starts this tonight at the fairgrounds located on south Horton Street, across from Fort Scott Community College.
“The rodeo starts Friday, July 9th (at 8 p.m.) and events continue clear till Saturday, July 17th,” Diane Brillhart, treasurer of the fair board, said.
Adult tickets to the rodeo are $12, kids six-years-old and up $7 and kids under 6 are free.

New this year is ‘Christmas at the Fair,'” she said. “Retail booths will be set up in the Merchant’s Building Monday through Friday from 4-9 p.m.  We have a great assortment of items.”

Hands-on activities will be happening in the 4-H Building, sponsored by Southwind K-State Extension, the Museum of Creativity, and the Bourbon County Conservation District.
A Decluttering Program by Starlite FCE, led by Glenda Miller, Karen Peery, and Terri Williams, will be presented Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Myers Building.
Food trucks will be onsite opening at 10:30  a.m. each day.  Breakfast will be available in the 4-H Building 7-9:30 a.m.
“We are having the Fair Finale on Saturday, July 17th,” Brillhart said. “D.J. Brown and the Bourbon County Revival along with The Barnstormers will be providing a great night of entertainment.”
  Gates open at 6 p.m. and music will start at about 7 p.m.  Tickets are $5.
In addition, there will be food trucks and refreshments available, she said.
Continuing this year is the draft horse pull on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and the 4-H Dance and Cornhole Tournament, Thursday, July 15.
“Ben Cole, the voice of the Bourbon County Fair, will be announcing our Market Livestock Shows,” Brillhart said.
A goat show at the Bourbon County Fair in 2017.

Bourbon County Fair Board Officers are President Dale Griffiths; Vice-President Mark Crystal ; Secretary Lynda Foster; Assistant Secretary Sue Reinecke;  Treasurer Diane Brillhart;  Assistant Treasurer Mark Brillhart; Grandstand Superintendent Stewart Gulager and  Assistant Grandstand Superintendent Bobby Reed.

Burke Street Parade at Noon on July 4

Burke Street Parade participants Margaret and Merl Humphrey and granddaughter Meg Normanin a previous parade. Submitted photo.

The 39th Annual Burke Street Parade is Sunday, July 4 at noon.

The parade starts at 10th and Burke Street and Frank Halsey will be leading the traffic control, according to a press release.

Steven Anthony in the Burke Street Parade. Submitted photo.

After the parade, refreshments will be at Michelle and Lewis Dunkeson, 1005 Burke Street.

“Everyone is welcome,” Margaret Humphrey, one of the organizers, said. “Please donate cookies to the Dunkesons, preferably on July 3.”

The Halsey family hosted the cookies in 2018.

“Please, no big vehicles and watch for the children, who are all over the place,” she said.

Burke Street Parade. Susan Foster and grandson. Submitted photo.

“Dress in patriotic attire or just sit anywhere on the street to watch and cheer the parade.”

Patriotic songs will be led by Abby Albright, Jill Gorman and Susan Foster, a tradition at the parade.

If any questions call  Humphrey 223.0388  or 620. 224. 7388 or Theresa Bahr 215. 2889 or  Barbara Albright, 224.7762 “who is the official distributor of information,” Humphrey said..

“Severe storms or lightning cancels the parade…but we have conquered the rain,” Humphrey said.

To learn more about the parade:

Burke Street July 4th Americana: Parade and Food