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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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