Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant Will Open in May at 17 S. Main

17 S. Main is being remodeled into Mi Ranchita Mexican Restaurant.

The Historic Downtown Fort Scott building at 17 S. Main has seen many different businesses but is known by the residents as the Kress Building.

A new restaurant is slated for opening there whose most recent business was the Pizza Republic, which closed in January 2024.

Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant is anticipating an opening  in May, said Robert Coon, who along with his wife, Kim, are the Coon Rentals LLC owners of the building,

Robert and Kimberly Coon. Submitted photo.

There is 5,000 square feet of restaurant, 4,000 square feet of seating space, and a 1,000 square feet kitchen.

“They are remodeling to suit themselves,” Coon said. “They are adding a bathroom and  redoing the kitchen.”

“I want to see the business succeed,” Coon said. “I would say Mr. De La Torre ‘s (the restaurant owner) restaurant background is superior.”

The owner of Mi Ranchito is Rulber De La Torre, from the Kansas City area. He has two restaurants in Olathe, two in Overland Park, one in Lenexa, one in Mound City, and one in Gladstone, MO. according to the business’s Facebook page.


Rulber and wife,  Ana Lilian De La Torre. Submitted photo.
Rulber and his children: Teresa, Yareli, Rulber Jr., Nicolas, Rulber, Samantha, and Nereyda De La Torre. Submitted photo.

“We will employ 20-30 people,” De La Torre said. “We are a full-service restaurant. I will hire all of them from Fort Scott and bring trainers to train for 2-3 months to our standard.”

“There will be a full-service bar,” De La Torre said. “My margaritas are exclusive to Mi Ranchito, a flavor you won’t find anywhere.”

His most sought-after dish is his cream cheese chicken enchilada, he said. But he will also serve American fare: hamburgers and a Kansas City Strip Steak Plate.

To view the menu from Mound City’s Mi Ranchita:

Mi Ranchito Mound City Menu 2023

De La Torre will be celebrating 20 years in the business this year in August.

Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. (depending on the business flow he said). Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m., depending on the business.

De La Torre said he chose Fort Scott because it’s close to Mound City where he opened a restaurant two years ago.

“I have people come from Fort Scott to that restaurant and wished they had one here,” he said.

Robert Coon contacted him about opening his restaurant here in Fort Scott, he said.

Some of the equipment left from the last restaurant will be utilized by De La Torre,  “but he has an astronomical amount of equipment he is bringing,” Coon said.


Looking through the kitchen to the southwest door of 17 S. Main on February 26. Remodel work was going in the kitchen and bathrooms.

The second floor of 17 S. Main has been renovated for professional space, Coon said. “It has 2,500 square feet in space.  With two offices, a board room, and a huge foyer.”

One thought on “Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant Will Open in May at 17 S. Main”

  1. OMG! I love LaHacienda and its owners , but I welcome MiRanchito! Ate there in KC for several years and loved their food. Very similar to the Mex I got in Arizona. Pandemic stopped that and I seldom get up there, but I will DEFINITELY dine here! Welcome to Fort Scott!

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