Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Wooden Spoke offers western flair

September 12, 2001

Dinner in Baldwin City now has the possibility of being a little more western than usual.

The Wooden Spoke Restaurant and Sports Saloon, 203 Ames, which opened last Wednesday, offers a western-type atmosphere, including decorations like a wagon wheel, miniature covered wagons and western paintings, to accompany dinner or drinks.

"We wanted to have something to do with the Santa Fe Trail, old wagons and stuff like that," Doug Cooper said. "It's a rustic theme."

Doug Cooper, and his brother, Kevin, opened the Wooden Spoke in Baldwin because they liked the community.

"We like small, quaint towns as compared to big cities," Doug Cooper said. "There's a lot friendlier atmosphere and you get to know people easier."

He said they also wanted to give Baldwin residents another option for dinner.

"The town was in need of a restaurant like this serving dinner," Doug Cooper said.

The restaurant, which is open every evening except Tuesday, offers a non-smoking family dining area and a smoking saloon area.

The saloon opens at 4 p.m. where patrons can watch sports events on the TVs and dinner starts being served at 5 p.m.

Kevin Cooper said the Wooden Spoke makes eating out for dinner more convenient for Baldwin residents.

"Now people don't have to drive to Lawrence, Ottawa or Olathe for a nice place to have dinner," he said.

The menu consists of items like steak, hot beef and chicken fried steak.

"We listened to a lot of the people in town on what they wanted to see on the menu," Doug Cooper said.

The western decorations, he said, will continue to be added to the longer the Wooden Spoke is open.

"We'll always be adding stuff to it," he said. "We're also going to do a lot of landscaping out front with the old-west theme."

Kevin Cooper said he hopes the old-west theme, the saloon, the family-dining area and the food will draw a lot of people in

"It's a fun place to visit, enjoy good food and socialize," he said. "Hopefully, this will become more of a place to meet friends and hang out."

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