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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…



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


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.


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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