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St Joseph Memory Lane website gets a face lift

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been giving the St Joseph Memory Lane website a face lift, a new look. I am far from done but it is a good start for now. It’s been a very time consuming process.

I added a couple dozen new photos but then decided to hold off adding more until I was finished with the face lift.  I have lots of new photos yet to add that were donated by John Fulmer, but I wanted to do the face lift on what I already have before adding the new photos and information. There are well over 1500 photos currently on the St Joseph Memory Lane website.

I have also revamped my personal homepage, Rick’s Harley Stuff. I have added lots of personal photos in my photo album. I have added a link to Rick’s Harley Stuff on the St Joseph Memory Lane page.  All links to St Joseph Memory Lane and Rick’s Harley Stuff are accessible from the blog. All links can be found at the top of the blog header.

 

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Ender’s donut shop opens at 3506 South 22nd Street

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Randy Flatt wasn’t a pastry chef when he and his wife, Wendi, set out to open a doughnut shop.

In fact, Mr. Flatt said he didn’t know a thing about making donuts until a few days before the couple opened Ender’s Donuts at 3506 S. 22nd St.

“When we opened up on Jan. 9, it was a Wednesday. I didn’t know a damn thing about making donuts before Monday,” Mr. Flatt said. “Not one thing.”

The couple had tried a lot of donuts in the area and weren’t impressed. The frozen-to-oven taste wasn’t the same as the fresh-fried sweetness of a homemade donut.

Everything in the case at Ender’s is fried — from the apple fritter the size of a go-cart wheel to the popular blueberry and long johns.

The eatery also has a breakfast item that’s not necessarily sweet. The bratwurst wrapped in donut dough is baked. Mr. Flatt fried them at first, but a customer suggested to bake them, like they do in Texas.

Mr. Flatt had worked in corporate America for years before suffering a heart attack. He lost his job and struggled to find work in the two years that followed.

“I finally decided to quit looking,” he said. “I’m done looking. It’s time to do my own thing.

“When we started this idea, we were trying to cater to this part of town. There’s not a lot of donut shops (around here).”

The bakeries are popular in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla. “You can’t throw a dead cow without hitting 15 donut shops in Oklahoma,” Mr. Flatt said.

The name, Ender’s, lends itself to the area as well. It’s short for South-Enders. The owners hope to inspire friendly competition in the future with another location in the north side of town, dubbed north Ender’s.

The business already has familiar faces. Besides the regulars, it has become a haven for the neighborhood kids.

The bus stops right in front of the store. The kids come in, buy a donut, get a glass or milk or coffee and keep warm, waiting on their ride to school. “It’s kind of overwhelming at times,” Mr. Flatt said of the success. “I think, ‘How am I going to keep up?’”

It’s a family operation that includes the Flatts’ children, Jessica and Nicholas; brother-in-law, Travis Whitchurch; and mother, Donna Daugherty.

Ender’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6 a.m. until the donuts run out. It is closed Mondays. For more information, call (816) 676-8467.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

The New Golden Corral is a smashing success (IMO)

I personally think the new Golden Corral is a smashing success. It will be a great asset for St Joseph. We won’t have to drive to Kansas City or Lincoln anymore just to eat at a Golden Corral.

St Joseph has been without a Golden Corral for many years now.  A brand new Golden Corral has just been built on the southwest corner of the East Hills lot, just south of the Texas Roadhouse. It is located where East Hills Animal Clinic used to reside. The only problem I can see is that the parking lot is pretty small for the amount of business they do. Unfortunately, it sits way below the East Hills parking lot, it sits ground level with the Belt Highway, so their customers can’t take advantage of the big East Hills parking lot above. I guess people could always park in Godfather Pizza’s lot and walk over crossing the 2 driveways that exit onto the Belt Highway.

We have eaten there twice now since it opened a few weeks ago. What an eating experience!  They have just about everything anyone could want to eat. If you don’t see an item you want, just wait a while, it will most likely show up somewhere on the buffet. When one item has been totally consumed, another item usually replaces it, many times it is a different item all together.

After 4pm, they put on the steaks, which are about 1 inch thick, cooked to your satisfaction and delicious. They are rather small steaks but you can have all you desire, they definitely are not skimpy thin steaks. Both times that we have been there, the place has been packed. It is one busy place.

I need to take my camera next time and get some photos 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Check out the new Pepperjax Grille and the new Ground Round

Since opening this past fall, we have visited both the Pepperjax Grille and the new Ground Round location several times now. We love both eating establishments. I feared that Ground Round’s moving downtown to the 6th & Edmond location would hurt it’s business. The move seems to have at least doubled their business.

The Pepperjax Grille is located on the North Belt Highway across the Belt from El Maquey’s Mexican Restaurant. If I remember correctly, I think a Gym used to occupy the structure. Their Philly Cheese Steak is absolutely delicious.You can also have them turn it into a FIREBALL at no extra charge. They squirt some kind of liquid on the meat and let out a loud whoop announcing a Fireball has been made.

The first couple times we went to Pepperjax, I was afraid the FIREBALL would be too hot for my old taste buds but the last time we went there, I ordered a Philly Cheese Steak and told them to make it into a FIREBALL. Well, come to find out, it wasn’t hot at all, at least I couldn’t really tell any difference. The Philly Cheese Steak can also have additional seasonings added such as onions, green pepper and jalapeno peppers.

PEPPERJAX GRILLE

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The Ground Round moved out of their old East Hills location and now occupy a relatively new building on the northeast corner of 6th & Edmond that was previously El Chamas Brazilian Steak House. They really pack people in now, even more than before. They have one half of the building donated as the bar and the other half as the restaurant. The restaurant side has additional seating upstairs.  My favorite item is the Steak Fajita. So far, theirs (IMO) is the best in town.

NEW GROUND ROUND LOCATION

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Below is an old photo of the Herman’s Drug store that at one time sat on this corner at 6th & Edmond. It was torn down in the early 1960’s and another structure took it’s place, I believe as a part of Eshelman’s. Then after the big Eshelman Music fire a few years ago, El Chamas built the new structure shown above.

HERMANS DRUG STORE

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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Old photos of the Belt Highway (US 71)

St Joseph's 1st Taco Bell can be seen in the photo above, just north of 36th Street Restaurant

St Joseph’s 1st Taco Bell can be seen in the photo above, just north of 36th Street Restaurant

Aerial view of the old US 36 Highway Later to become Frederick Avenue and was renamed to US 6 Highway

Aerial view of the old US 36 Highway Later to become Frederick Avenue and was renamed to US 6 Highway

1962 AERIAL VIEW BELT HIGHWAY & FREDERICK AVENUE

1962 AERIAL VIEW BELT HIGHWAY & FREDERICK AVENUE

1977 News Press Photo showing the widening of the Belt Highway

1977 News Press Photo showing the widening of the Belt Highway

This is the original Cool Crest Garden Golf as it appeared in 1948 - The Belt Drive-in and Shangri La Motel can be seen top right of photo

This is the original Cool Crest Garden Golf as it appeared in 1948 – The Belt Drive-in and Shangri La Motel can be seen top right of photo

East Hills, Hobby Lobby & many other current businesses can be seen in this aerial photo

East Hills, Hobby Lobby & many other current businesses can be seen in this aerial photo

AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM FARAON CIRCA: BEFORE 1961

AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM FARAON CIRCA: BEFORE 1961

AERIAL VIEW BELT HIGHWAY & FREDERICK AVENUE CIRCA: BEFORE 1961

AERIAL VIEW BELT HIGHWAY & FREDERICK AVENUE CIRCA: BEFORE 1961

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Modifying South Belt Highway in 1951

1951 News Press article showing the south end of the Belt Highway where it ended. Highway 59 is on the left and highway 169/71 is on the right

1951 News Press article showing the south end of the Belt Highway where it ended. Highway 59 is on the left and highway 169/71 is on the right

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Looking north from Faraon & Woodbine – Circa: before 1961

AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM FARAON CIRCA: BEFORE 1961

AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM FARAON CIRCA: BEFORE 1961

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 
 
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