Officially open since January, the Storm Cellar Pub and Grub hosted representatives of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.
The old Veterans of Foreign Wars post home, dedicated in 1940, provides a rustic ambience. For fun, there are two pool tables, a golf game and a jukebox. Serving is on two levels, downstairs for lunch, where the bar is located and upstairs for dinner. The menu includes burgers — ask about the EF5, going along with the storm cellar theme — and for dinner, entrees such as meatloaf, pork chops and chicken fried steak. Wednesday night is Italian night. They always have spaghetti, owner Wendy Askew said, and there is usually another Italian entrée as well.
The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
It’s family-run, and most everything is homemade, including their own barbecue sauce that is phenomenal, according to Chamber member Christina Howell.
“We’re all trying very hard to make it work,” Askew said.
She acquired the building last fall and worked for months to clean it up. One thing she hasn’t been able to accomplish is her own driveway. The restaurant is located on U.S. 54, and the Kansas Department of Transportation has not approved a curb cut.
The best way to get there is through the carwash driveway just west of the parking lot — the owner has given permission, Askew said — or by entering at the back from the intersection of Second and Rochester. Chamber member Deb Goyen encouraged those who come in the back way to drive around front, letting travelers know the restaurant is open and attracting customers.