JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 10, 2019 – Less than a month after a fire destroyed the kitchen at Arrow Rock State Historic Site’s J. Huston Tavern, Missouri State Parks, in conjunction with the Friends of Arrow Rock, was host to a ribbon cutting ceremony at the historic tavern to officially open a summer kitchen, at 2 p.m., Friday, June 14.
“It was all-hands-on-deck to reopen the tavern as soon as possible,” said Ben Ellis, Missouri State Parks Director. “The Friends of Arrow Rock are doing such a fantastic job operating the tavern, we wanted to provide an alternative so they could continue to operate as we addressed the smoke damage in the historic dining area of the building.”
The Friend of Arrow Rock, who operate the tavern, will be using a mobile kitchen until a new kitchen is constructed. At present, seating for the tavern will be under a 30 x 60 foot, carpeted tent, which has been erected on a wooden platform that will serve 80 to 100 guests.
Once the tavern dining rooms have been cleaned of smoke residue and restored, dining will move back into the historic structure later this summer. The mobile kitchen will be used until the new kitchen is open, which is targeted for fall 2020.
Hours of the summer kitchen will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and it will be open during any Lyceum performance.
The J. Huston Tavern was established in 1834 to provide food and lodging for travelers along the Santa Fe Trail and has continued to operate ever since. It is the first building in Missouri purchased with public funds for the purpose of historic preservation and remains a centerpiece of the Arrow Rock State Historic Site.
Arrow Rock State Historic Site is located at 39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, west of Columbia. For more information, please contact Arrow Rock State Historic Site at 660-837-3330.