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8/27/2013

SHUFFLING AROUND THE PALACE…

Thanks to the efforts of a lot of good friends, I’m settled into my permanent home at the Palace until such time someone determines I am unable to take care of myself and then they’ll haul me off to one of the other units under this big roof.   That will be an easy move although I hope to avoid it. Living here independently is incentive enough to get stronger, stay mentally alert and be active and involved.

Last Friday the maintenance crew from here moved all my furniture and heavy stuff.  It took them slightly less than 2 1/2 hours. They did a marvelous job.

On Saturday my friends arrived to tackle the hardest part of the move…shuffling  all the stuff that wasn’t moved on Friday.  That included everything in closets, kitchen and refrigerator plus books and odds and ends.  The problem with that was that I was moving in to smaller quarters which was not a good fit.

Greg and his granddaughter, Madison were first to arrive at 9 with Les, Bev, Audrey, Ally and Todd soon to follow.  They made trip after trip retrieving “stuff” from 402 and bringing it to 218.  It was exhausting work.  Bev and Audrey arranged my kitchen the best they could.  They finished with the last loads about mid afternoon.  It will take lots of rearranging on my part, but the move was completed very quickly.  That means I had a minimum amount of time that I was paying for two apartments.   I am so indebted to friends and family for helping me.

I have discovered this part of the Palace isn’t  quite as sound proof as the “tall building”….but it’s not a problem.  I could hear Mabelle’s church service on Sunday morning and Hazel’s TV last night.  Hazel has the apartment next to my living room and Mabelle is next to my bedroom. They are both hearing impaired so have the volume up on their TV’s.  It isn’t a bother to me.  They are both wonderful neighbors.

Thursday we are making another effort to have dinner at Pretty Boy Floyd’s.  We failed at the last attempt because Ellsworth was without power.  Today the sky is clear and other than being a little hot, we should have a good trip to Ellsworth.  Todd, Karen and Ally will meet us there to join us for dinner. Lew and Cindy are stopping by to say hello.  It will be a good experience for all and I’m looking forward to it.

The iron shots I had seem to have kicked in.  I’m feeling much better.  Or it may be that my Lupus has gone in hiding.
Thanks for tuning in …

6/28/2013

PALACE PEOPLE CAN ADJUST BETTER THAN MOST…

Yesterday a group of inmates from the Palace planned to go to Pretty Boy Floyd’s in Ellsworth for dinner.  Departure time was 4:15.  We were all very excited about the prospect of a wonderful dinner and sufficient libation to make it a memorable evening.

What was not expected was a blinding wind and rain storm.  Trees snapped in half, big limbs blocked streets, howling wind and blinding rain prevailed.   The bus carrying most of our group was buffeted along the highway, but Karen Larsen did an excellent job keeping it on the road and her passengers out of danger.  It was a harrowing experience for some of the group  who are not accustomed to experiencing such raw and exciting prairie weather.

At the appointed time of joining up with the bus people, and another car full of passengers, Ally, Todd, Karen and I stood just inside the door to Pretty Boy’s to harbor ourselves from the driving rain.  The power had just failed and the town was plunged into darkness, including  the underground cavernous rooms of Pretty Boy’s.  It was literally as dark as the proverbial  dungeon.  What to do?  I couldn’t lead 20 people down those stairs into total darkness and hope the lights came back on.  I lived there and remember what it’s like to get power restored and how long it sometimes takes.

Someone got on a cell phone and called the DQ to see if they had lights.  Yes, they did, and so did the Ellsworth Steak house, so off we went to the Steak House to see if they might save the day and save the day they did.  Tina and Rick Davis, one waitress and the bartender…plus the chef jumped into action and seated all 20 of us around a big table.

Then they brought some “snacks” to tide us over….glorious large platters of delicious sliced cantaloupe, watermelon, whole wonderful strawberries plus overflowing bowls of chips and salsa.  And, our need for libations were met.  It was “happy hour” and that pleased everyone.

The lights went out, so once again we were at the mercy of whatever they could prepare with one hand tied behind their backs.   They could not have done better.  Tina explained what they could serve with their limited resources and everyone got something that was exceptionally good….salads of every type and a wide variety of Mexican food.  There was more that enough to fill the ravenous appetites.

Then on top of that, she had a wide assortment of homemade pies.  A piece de resistance.  They are wonderful.  I think Leslie Brooks makes them for the Steak House. You’ll never find a more delicious piece of pie than one of hers.  Everyone is still raving about the pie.

The day was filled with excitement, more than 90 year olds are used to, but they shouldered it very well and want to return.  A couple said they would check the weather first.

I can’t speak for the Manor, but I do know that Kim Fair, the marketing director, was well aware of the storm as she lives north of Brookville and was caught in the height of it.  She tried repeatedly to reach the drivers to warn them of the severity of the storm and tell them not to leave Salina….or turn back if they had departed.  She couldn’t reach any of them.

The trip turned out all right.  Everyone was safe although some were a little shaken from the harrowing experience.  It’s probably the most exciting thing to happen to some of us in months.  Mostly we experience someone playing a saw or a harp and call it a day.  I loved the storm…love to be out in it.  One just can’t overlook the  forces of nature, respect and enjoy them.  We all slept like rocks last night and required naps today.

I can’t say enough about how accommodating Rick and Tina Davis were.  They were simply amazing in what they did for us.  Everyone wants to go back again…on purpose this time, so I hope we can.

Thanks for tuning in…

5/7/2013

SOMEONE MUST THINK THERE ARE GHOSTS IN THE ELLSWORTH UNDERGROUND? HUMMMM… :)

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Pretty Boy Floyd's — Peg Britton @ 10:52 am

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Salina Paranormal Investigative Research Team
Saturday via mobile
Good evening Stalkers…..We are almost done setting up equipment at Pretty Boy Floyd’s Restaurant in Ellsworth Kansas. This is located in one of the historic underground districts in downtown . We are honored and excited about the opportunity to investigate here.

Salina Paranormal Investigative Research Team
SaturdayHello Stalkers…….We are within a few hours of the exciting investigation for tonight. The SPIRiT Team will be traveling to Ellsworth Kansas (One of the oldest cow towns in Kansas) and investigating one of the lost treasures of the city. Our entire team, including all of our newest members, will be making this trip. We can’t wait to see how the “Newbies” handle the excitement. We have been told of Full Body apparitions of a Woman in White and the sounds of times past. Poltergeist activities abound!! Who knows….maybe we will be the first Paranormal Team to document a full body cow apparition????

Stay tuned tonight via facebook…..We will be posting live updates of how the night goes. Any pictures and audio that we can clip and clean up we will do our best to share with you. Happy Hauntings to all!!
So…what were the results?

Now we can go have an excellent dinner and maybe glimpse an apparition…you think?  I can guarantee the food will be excellent….after than, no guarantees.
Thanks for tuning in…

10/19/2012

HELP ARRIVED… GRANDCHILDREN ARE WONDERFUL…ON TO PRESBYTERIAN MANOR

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This picture of my grandson, Tyler Britton,  and me was taken by Kim Fair, Marketing Director at Presbyterian Manor in Salina October 17th after I signed up to live there….forever.

I’m back to apartment living as I was in 1950 after graduating from KU and beginning a job with Edward Tanner Architects in Kansas City. This apartment at the Palace is different in that it will soon feel like home as it fits my needs perfectly which was not the case while living in the Ambassador Hotel apartment.  I’m looking forward to living in Salina, visiting with old friends and making new ones, but my heart will always be in Ellsworth.

My grandson, SSGT Tyler Britton, surprised me last Saturday night when he arrived after a full day’s drive from Cincinnati. In typical fashion, he didn’t alert us he was coming. He took a week’s leave to come home and help me move and that’s a monumental sacrifice for a serviceman with precious little vacation time.  What a help he has been.  I appreciate every minute of his presence.  After a week of his help, I can see that I will be able to rid myself of a lifetime of possessions and place them in other hands.  I feel really good about it since most of the family treasures are in the hands of family members.  Some things just had to be disposed of.

The plans that Tyler and I have for moving are starting to materialize.  Everything in the garage was disposed of.  A huge pick up load that was really dump material went to the county.  Another load went to Mosaic…which, by the way, has been a lifesaver.   They will have many more things go their way that they can use and sell.  Our books went to Ad Astra in Salina and the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.  Furniture has found its way into the homes of family and friends.  Today more things are going to be sorted and boxed for new locations…. mostly Mosaic.

Ryon came with a friend and equipment and along with Tyler’s help, managed to get the million pound safe out of the house and the large, heavy TV in Ryon’s truck.  They carried the sofa and desk to the garage and got the dang heavy barbeque grill off the deck and into the garage. Those were huge items to leave the house.

Tomorrow Tyler and Todd are driving back to Cincinnati with Todd’s truck packed to the brim and Tyler’s car towed behind, also packed to the headliner.  They will stop in O’Fallon to see Mackenzie and Ty for a short visit to drop off her things then they’ll continue to Cincinnati.

I’m really going to miss Tyler and his help.  He’s done so many other things for me while he has been here.  I wanted him to see where I will be living and meet some of my friends so we did that.  We had lunch at the Palace with my best buds Ivy, Shirley, Ginny and Micki.  He also went to see the doctor with me and helped enormously in making some important decisions that needed careful thought.  And, he’s about to give Ringo a bath, then back to more packing.

The house will be quiet tomorrow after he leaves, but Sunday morning, Dawnae and Deneen are arriving to help.  When it comes to sorting, organizing and purging, they are in their element.  I’m so appreciative of everyone’s help.

Now back to the bubble and shrink wrap….how would we manage without it?

Last night Drew arrived from Boulder for an overnight on his way to Kansas City.  We took time off for dinner at Pretty Boy Floyd’s…which was excellent…and I saw the grandson I’ve worked to the bone completely devour a 24 oz. Porterhouse steak and every smidgin’ of everything else they put in front of him.  Drew was a close second.  The rest of us had the chicken fried chicken special which was delicious and friendly to the check.

Thanks for tuning in….lots more to come…

9/29/2012

MORE OF THIS AND THAT…PRETTY BOY FLOYD’S…

My friend, “Kim from the Palace”, and I went to Pretty Boy Floyd’s for dinner last night. She had never been there so I was pleased to expose her to an evening of good fun, food and drink. I made it down and up the stairs one more time and pondered each riser with effort. As luck would have it, Mark, Pretty Boy’s owner, assured me he’ll haul me back up to the alley one way or another if I need help.  Good food and drink lure me down, but  I need a lift for the trip back up. They are “easy” stairs but from the bottom of the flight they remind me of the Great Wall of China. I once climbed the west wall close enough to the top of the world to view Mongolia so you’d think these stairs wouldn’t be intimidating, but they are. Rest assured, the effort it takes to enjoy the pleasures of the Ellsworth underground is worth it.

The place was packed, as I understand it is every weekend…Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Congratulations to Mark and Josie for creating such an interesting atmosphere and maintaining a consistently wonderful presentation of delicious meals to assure its success. Their reservation calendar is filling with holiday parties and even includes a huge busload of people coming from the west coast for a meal and tour, which is exciting. That will be a busload of outside money to help the local economy.  That’s the best kind of economic development.

Pretty Boy Floyd’s salmon is particularly good and I usually order it with their signature salad as a dinner. My friend, Kim, had a rib eye steak, onion strings, carrots/corn/green beans and fruit salad.  She was very pleased with her dinner as well.  I know they serve dessert but I’ve never been tempted after finishing a meal.  Maybe some day I’ll just order Tito’s and dessert for my meal. Age entitles one to such pleasures.

My Kansas City niece, Ann, her husband, and other relatives from Hutchinson just stopped by for a quick visit, lunch and a turkey tour. I have very neat relatives and love it when they stop by for a chat. Ann saw Ally’s turkeys last spring when they were young chicks so she wanted to take another look to see what a ton of food every other day does to their growth pattern. They are getting to be impressive looking birds and approaching the dimensions suitable for Thanksgiving fare.

Ringo is over-guarding the house.  He barks every time someone approaches the house from the highway so this weekend he’s in a state of constant anxiety and barking. Our neighbor’s eldest son is being married and there is lots of activity in and around their house. Poor Ringo. Maybe tomorrow he can take a break from his watch dog duties.

Voila! Todd is here to mow my yard.  He does such a good job with it.  His dad is smiling on him.

Thanks for tuning in…

6/7/2012

IT’S OFFICIAL: PRETTY BOY FLOYD’S WILL OPEN JULY 5TH. RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR PREMIUM DINING 6FT UNDER…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Pretty Boy Floyd's — Peg Britton @ 10:35 am

CHARLES ARTHUR “PRETTY BOY” FLOYD
Born     February 3, 1904, Adairsville, Georgia, U.S.
Died     October 22, 1934 (aged 30), East Liverpool, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation     Gangster, bank robber
Spouse     Ruby Floyd (divorced)
Children     Charles Dempsey Floyd

“Pretty Boy” Floyd grew famous in the Midwest as one of a cadre of 1930’s badmen who used the lack of federal laws and strong local friendships to elude capture and prosecution.

The historic City of Ellsworth runs full to the brim with tales of bank robbers, horse thieves, cattle rustlers and other assorted people of note who have wandered this way.  One of the most famous was Pretty Boy Floyd about whom songs were written.

On the morning of June 17, 1933, a mass murder committed in front of Union Railway Station in Kansas City, Missouri shocked the American public into a new consciousness of the serious crime problems in the nation. I was five at the time of the massacre and well remember hearing accounts of it on the radio as my parents listened with rapt attention.  For years after it was the subject of conversations and news accounts across the nation.  It made Kansas City’s Union Station a famous destination to view the site of the murders.  The killings that took the lives of four peace officers and their prisoner are known as the “Kansas City Massacre.”

The Kansas City Massacre involved the attempt by Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Vernon Miller and Adam Richetti to free their friend, Frank Nash, a federal prisoner. At the time, Nash was in the custody of several law enforcement officers who were returning him to the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, from which he had escaped on October 19, 1930.

Click here for more about Pretty Boy Floyd’s run in with the law and how he became a legend.

Now that you have an idea of who “Pretty Boy” was, you can turn your attention to the new restaurant named after him that will open soon in the Historic Underground of old Ellsworth.  “Floyd” is also Mark Roehrman’s middle name, one that he never found any good use for until now. The restaurant will be outstanding in every detail, starting with the entry which is through the alley and reminiscent of early day speakeasies.

At the top of the menu will be certified Angus Beef of the highest quality.  Meat will be hand cut to order and will include Porter House, Fillet, K.C. Strip and Ribeye steaks.  There will also be certified Angus Beef chicken fried steak and burgers. Also on the menu will be swordfish, mussels and linguini, smoked cheddar salmon, roasted chicken halves, grilled chicken and prime roast of pork, all served with special homemade sauces.  I’m not sure what else will appear on the entree menu, but surprises are in store.

There will be appetizers, house and specialty salads and Cheesecake Factory and Chocolate Lava Cake.

On the drink side, there is a full bar with three price levels of liquor from which to choose:  well, call, and top shelf. With over 30 wines to choose from, as well as a large assortment of domestic and premium beer, they will be able to meet the needs of the most discriminating tastes.

To add to the luxury of fine food and wine service, tables will be set with linen table cloths and napkins, glassware and silverware with the restaurant logo.

I’m sure there is much more to add to this list.

And finally, but not least, “Pretty Boy Floyd’s” is owned and operated by Mark and Josie Roehrman who also own the historic Wellington Building in which the restaurant is housed.  It will be located on the lower level of the Ellsworth Village Mall.

Mark, who is responsible for the restoration of several downtown buildings, lost all the tools of his construction business about a year ago when fire engulfed another downtown building he owned.  He and Josie  lost all of the contents of their residence in the basement, all the tools of his construction business and much of their future loft residence upstairs.  Rather than try to replace and rebuilt his full time construction business, he turned to something he has always enjoyed and felt was a good fit for him and Josie at this stage in their lives. Pretty Boy Floyd’s will be an outstanding addition to the food service they also offer on the main floor of the Village Mall.

PBF’s will offer fine dining and will be a positive addition to downtown Ellsworth.

Reservations are highly recommended.

5/31/2012

ELLSWORTH KANSAS IS A BOOM TOWN…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Child Care, Pretty Boy Floyd's — Peg Britton @ 3:14 pm

Child care center to fill needs of booming city

5/31/2012
By TIM UNRUH Salina Journal

Salina.com

ELLSWORTH — Electric saws and nail guns are setting the beats of progress in Ellsworth, where businesses are expanding or locating.

Projects and plans since 2008 and continuing until 2015 will result in more than 200 jobs, representing a fortune in investment in the town of 2,817 people.

Nestled into the growth is the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center, which opens Monday.

The $575,000 center is sorely needed, said Mark Parsons, president of the nonprofit Smoky Hill Childcare Foundation, which owns the 10,000-square-foot building.

“Day care has been great in Ellsworth. It’s just that there’s not enough of it,” said Parsons, owner of Parsons Funeral Home.

The child care center’s ribbon-cutting will be at 4 p.m. Friday.

There is room for 83 children, including nine infants and 10 toddlers, with lots of space for more, said Lainie Dauster, director. When the center is fully staffed, it will employ 13 people.

“It’s really hard to find child care, and with all the businesses coming in, it’s going to be even harder,” she said. “We can meet the immediate need and are also able to expand when the need comes about.”

The center is an economic boost for the town, Parsons said.

“With young people moving to town, and they see a center like that, they know their kids are going to get good day care,” he said.

Manufacturing and other industry is picking up in town, said Carol Kratzer, executive director of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re the place to be,” she said.

Location has been a contributing factor for the city, Kratzer said.

Situated at the intersection of Kansas highways 140 and 156, Ellsworth is a 15-minute drive from Interstate Highway 70.

K-156, a diagonal highway from Garden City to the northeast, “has become a major route through Kansas,” she said.

The town is also situated in the hub of two wind farms — Post Rock Wind Farm, the latest, is about to go into operation. Maico Manufacturing, a steel fabricator, snared a lot of business with its 60-foot-long press break, which puts longitudinal bends in steel, said Dave Cox, the plant manager.

“Most steel fabricators have 12- to 20-foot press breaks,” he said.

The equipment is capable of forming flat steel into multi-sided, tubular shafts.

Maico is making 30 1/2 miles of utility poles for the new wind farm, he said. The company, which employs 65 workers in two shifts, includes 12 hired in the past two to three months, and at least that many more openings.

“I’ve got a couple people weld testing as we speak. We’re trying to increase the employee base,” Cox said Wednesday afternoon.

“There is so much work that we’re turning it down. We just don’t have the manpower to keep up with demand,” he said.

Cashco, a valve manufacturer with a full-time equivalency of 178 employees, is building a new headquarters, “to allow additional room for our growth in our Ellsworth facility,” said Clint Rogers, the general manager.

Cashco has added eight jobs in the past six months, he said, and plans to hire another 28 in the next three years.

An early contributor to the boom was Salina-based Great Plains Manufacturing, which began making tillage equipment in Ellsworth four years ago. Of the company’s 130 workers, 40 were added within the past year, said Roy Applequist, Great Plains’ founder and president. The company is still hiring, he said.

Whatever the reason, Ellsworth is “a happening place,” said Karen Pestinger, one of the owners of Beloit-based Carrico Implement, which will open a new, 54,000-square-foot store in Ellsworth during July or August. Carrico will employ approximately 20 people, she said, and add a few more during the first six months in operation. When the Ellsworth store opens, Carrico’s Lincoln location will close, Pestinger said.

“Right now, there are six or seven construction projects that were either just completed, in progress or about to be started,” said Dave Brownback, president of Citizens State Bank & Trust, which has loaned money for some of the construction.

‘A lot of good things going on’

“There are a lot of good things going on here, more commercial activity than we’ve experienced in a long time,” said Brownback, a cousin of the Kansas governor.

Citizens State and Salina-based First Bank Kansas both have built new branches in northern Ellsworth, along K-140.

“We had just outgrown our building because our community has been so supportive with our branch here,” said Tami McGreevy, a teller and customer service representative at First Bank Kansas in Ellsworth.

The Kansas Department of Corrections expects Gov. Sam Brownback to sign legislation approving the purchase of the former St. Francis Boys’ Home property in Ellsworth, spokesman Jan Lunsford said.

Expected to cost $350,000 or maybe a bit more, he said, the former boys’ home will allow Ellsworth Correctional Facility to move minimum custody inmates there, freeing up medium-security space at the main prison campus. The former boys’ home has space for 95 beds, he said, and will be staffed by the equivalent of 15 full-time workers, Lunsford said.

He expects the expansion to open in September.

“They’ll have to make sure it’s up to code security-wise. They’ve got some adjustments to make there,” Lunsford said.

A new Subway restaurant is under construction and is hiring, said the chamber’s Kratzer. Subway management did not return calls Wednesday.

Pretty Boy Floyd’s, an “upscale steak house,” will open to the public July 5 in Ellsworth Village Mall, said Josie Roehrman, who co-owns the mall and the restaurant with her husband, Mark.

“It’s gonna be awesome,” she said.

The restaurant has hired 10 people, “and we need more,” Josie said.

To make a reservation, starting in about a month, call (785) 472-2183.

A Dollar General Store opened Feb. 14 and currently has three employees, manager Trasa Maguire said.

“We’d like to hire four to five more,” she said.

Ellsworth schools ended the school year with 575 students, not counting the St. Francis enrollment, Superintendent Eric Reid said.

In a Tuesday special election, voters will decide whether to absorb a property tax increase to build new classrooms, a new gymnasium, and do some remodeling, he said.

The $11.3 million project will add $20.12 a month to the taxes on a $100,000 home, if certain state aid is eliminated. If it survives budget cuts, the burden on the same home would be $14.14, said Jan Andrews, Ellsworth County clerk.

The district did not seek the upgrades in anticipation of population growth, Reid said, but the expansion projects shouldn’t hurt enrollment. The district has also added three teaching positions.

“I think we want to be prepared in case we go up and still serve our kids well,” he said. “We want to be prepared either way.”

More students will make the district budget rise, Reid said, but the new businesses and construction will raise the district’s valuation and spread out the tax burden.

The challenge, he said, is places for new folks to live.

“We’ve got to work on our housing needs,” Reid said. “Trying to keep some of those families here instead of commuting would be favorable for us.”

– Reporter Tim Unruh can be reached at 822-1419 or by email at tunruh@salina.com.

5/7/2012

ELLSWORTH’S “PRETTY BOY FLOYD’S” RESTAURANT TO OPEN…???

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Eat, Pretty Boy Floyd's, Mark Roehrman — Peg Britton @ 12:52 pm

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CHARLES ARTHUR “PRETTY BOY” FLOYD
Born     February 3, 1904, Adairsville, Georgia, U.S.
Died     October 22, 1934 (aged 30), East Liverpool, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation     Gangster, bank robber
Spouse     Ruby Floyd (divorced)
Children     Charles Dempsey Floyd

“Pretty Boy” Floyd grew famous in the Midwest as one of a cadre of 1930’s badmen who used the lack of federal laws and strong local friendships to elude capture and prosecution.

The historic City of Ellsworth runs full to the brim with tales of bank robbers, horse thieves, cattle rustlers and other assorted people of note who have wandered this way.  One of the most famous was Pretty Boy Floyd about whom songs were written.

On the morning of June 17, 1933, a mass murder committed in front of Union Railway Station in Kansas City, Missouri shocked the American public into a new consciousness of the serious crime problems in the nation. I was five at the time of the massacre and well remember hearing accounts of it on the radio as my parents listened with rapt attention.  For years after it was the subject of conversations and news accounts across the nation.  It made Kansas City’s Union Station a famous destination to view the site of the murders.  The killings that took the lives of four peace officers and their prisoner are known as the “Kansas City Massacre.”

The Kansas City Massacre involved the attempt by Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Vernon Miller and Adam Richetti to free their friend, Frank Nash, a federal prisoner. At the time, Nash was in the custody of several law enforcement officers who were returning him to the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, from which he had escaped on October 19, 1930.

Click here for more about Pretty Boy Floyd’s run in with the law and how he became a legend.

Now that you have an idea of who “Pretty Boy” was, you can turn your attention to the new restaurant named after him that will open soon in the Historic Underground of old Ellsworth.  Although there are finishing touches that need to be made to the lower level dining area, all new cooking equipment, menu and staff are in place.  It will be outstanding in every detail.

At the top of the menu will be certified Angus Beef of the highest quality.  Meat will be hand cut to order and will include Porter House, Fillet, K.C. Strip and Ribeye steaks.  There will also be certified Angus Beef chicken fried steak and burgers. Also on the menu will be swordfish, mussels and linguini, smoked cheddar salmon, roasted chicken halves, grilled chicken and prime roast of pork, all served with special homemade sauces.  I’m not sure what else will appear on the entree menu, but surprises are in store.

There will be appetizers, house and specialty salads and Cheesecake Factory and Chocolate Lava Cake.

On the drink side, there will be a full bar with three levels of liquor from which to choose:  well, call, and top shelf. With over 30 wines to choose from, as well as a large assortment of domestic and premium beer, they will be able to meet the most discriminating tastes.

To add to the luxury of fine food and wine service, tables will be set with linen table cloths and napkins, glassware and silverware with the restaurant logo.

I’m sure there is much more to add to this list.

And finally, but not least, “Pretty Boy Floyd’s” is owned and operated by Mark and Josie Roehrman who also own the historic Wellington Building in which the restaurant is housed.  It will be located on the lower level of the Downtown Village Mall.

Mark, who is responsible for the restoration of several downtown buildings, lost all the tools of his construction business about a year ago when fire engulfed another downtown building he owned.  He and Josie  lost all of the contents of their residence in the basement, all the tools of his construction business and much of their future loft residence upstairs.  Rather than try to replace and rebuilt his construction business, he turned to something he has always enjoyed and felt was a good fit for him and Josie at this stage in their lives. Pretty Boy Floyd’s will be an outstanding addition to the food service they also offer on the main floor of the Village Mall.

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Josie and Mark Roehrman, in their Village Mall.  Entry to the restaurant is through the alley.

By Dr. Kurt Williams, DDS:

Lucky enough to enjoy what will soon be Ellsworth’s latest establishment for weekend dining–Pretty Boy Flloyd’s–on Saturday night with some friends. We were “official” taste testers. Let me tell you, if what we experienced was indicative of what will be served, I will just have to have a standing reservation each weekend. They will be opening as soon as they get their tables in (always a glitch in the construction process). Very cool atmosphere, great service and great food. Their slogan is “Pretty Boy Flloyd’s, Steaks and Shine; Premium Dining 6 feet Under.” Their entrance is through the alley and it resembles a “Speakeasy” from the 1920’s.

Stay tuned for further details…


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