A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day
Spud Fish and Chips Coming to Edmonds WA
The Canadian Alger brothers introduced fish and chips to Seattle in 1935 when they opened their first stand on Alki Beach. Today there are a total of three Spud Fish and Chips, two in Seattle and one to the north in Kirkland, WA. A fourth Spud is planned for next year, further north in Edmonds, WA at the Salish Crossing development. Joining them in the new development will be a new Top Pot doughnut shop.
KC’s Golden Ox Has Closed
It was May 1949, and the Kansas City Stockyards were booming. That’s when The Golden Ox restaurant opened in the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange, in the midst of the action. The Golden Ox was THE place for cattlemen to gather to do business, to celebrate, and to enjoy the finest beef. As business slackened off at the stockyards, the Golden Ox saw a similar reduction in traffic, and when the stockyards finally closed in 1991, the Ox was gored. Business, and quality, suffered. We visited a few years ago and, while we loved the look and the history, we also experienced some pretty dismal steaks.
Last Saturday was the end. The restaurant finally closed. Bill Haw, the owner of the Livestock Exchange Building and landlord for the Golden Ox, owns the brand and keeps open the possibility of a reincarnation at some point in the future. But the Ox as Kansas City once knew it has probably been laid to rest permanently. Read more about the closing of the Golden Ox, the closing of other iconic Kansas City restaurants over the years, and the longtime Kansas City survivors, in this Kansas City Star story.
First Vegas Shake Shack Opens Monday
The first Western Shake Shack opens Monday at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Part of the fun of a new Shack is hearing about the location-specific concretes that will be introduced. For Vegas, the new concretes are: All Shook Up (vanilla frozen custard and chocolate toffee bits blended with a slice of banana peanut butter cheesecake from local bakery Gimme Some Sugar) and Jackpot (vanilla frozen custard, Belgian waffles, strawberry purée, marshmallow sauce, and rainbow sprinkles). Read more here.
The Last Days of Cafe Edison
Cafe Edison in New York’s Edison Hotel finally served its last customers on Sunday. The petitions, protesters, and lunch mobbers were not able to budge the tide. Customers famous and not so famous paid their respects over the final days: