It’s back!

Some of this year’s hottest food news in Kansas is becoming old news, but it’s still good news, so I am excited to share it.

Mo’s Place in Beaver has re-opened!

The bar and grill has long been on my top three list of my most favorite Kansas places, mostly because of the plucky story associated with it. Len and Linda Moeder, the original owners of Mo’s, as the tale goes, left a high-stress lifestyle in California to realize their dream of opening their own microbrewery and restaurant in an old metal-building beer joint … in the shadow of a Central Kansas grain elevator.

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I was so excited to get inside that I didn’t notice that this photo was crooked. Just focus on the “open” sign. And the grain elevator. Kansas!

The Moeders retired in 2014. They’ve since sold the building and the beer brewing equipment to Austin Bell and Dale Kaiser, who will now call it Beaver Brewery.

My 90-year-old grandfather and I recently made the trek out to northern Barton County to check it out. While some things remain exactly the same – including the red-and-white-checked tablecloths that cover the tables – the menu received a serious upgrade of freshly prepared classics: burgers, hot dogs, chili, and a fried bologna sandwich.

 

We both ordered the Hickory Burger – a fresh ground beef burger with BBQ sauce, cheese, bacon and an onion ring – and split a basket of hand-cut fries. We should have split the burger, as the portion sizes are clearly aimed at the local contingent of hungry oilfield workers and farmers with whom we dined.

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Old and new, all in one photo.

I can’t wait to go back to try the beer. Bell said they were waiting on the final necessary approval from the various governmental agencies to fire up the brewing operation – hopefully by May of this year. Until then, they have a full cooler of all the local favorites, including Bud Light and Coors Light.

Beaver Brewery at Mo’s Place, 1908 Elm Street, Beaver, Kansas. (620) 587-2350. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/beaverbrewery/

(This review appeared first in Hawver’s Capitol Report on April 27, 2016. HCR is a great source of news from the Kansas Statehouse.)

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