New owners sear up a successful first day

By Kassidy Christensen

February 23, 2017 12:00 AM

HERE'S THE BEEF Perry Miller, left, and his wife Jo are the new owners of KC's Steakhouse & Lounge. With new management and a new menu, guests can enjoy home-cooking style meals that are made mostly from scratch. KASSIDY CHRISTENSEN LLS PHOTO

KC's Steakhouse & Lounge under new ownership, opens after long closure

Under new management and hosting a new menu, KC’s Steakhouse & Lounge will be serving up home-cooking style meals made mostly from scratch.
The grand opening took place Feb. 20, and Jo and Perry Miller, the new owners of the restaurant, said opening day went “pretty good.”
Sticking with the same name as the previous restaurant was a choice made by the Millers since everyone is familiar with the name and the location.
“The second part we changed from ‘Family Restaurant’ to ‘& Lounge’ because we want people to realize we’ve opened up the lounge,” Jo Miller said.
“It’s still a family restaurant.”
Jo said KC’s Steakhouse & Lounge will be something a little bit different than what everyone is used to.
With the help of head chef Becky Bonner, Jo said the “old school” home-cooking style food is made mostly from scratch, stating it’s healthier and guests will walk away full and stay full.
“We use the fresh herbs, fresh spices, it is (mostly) right from scratch,” Jo Miller said.
Providing a wide variety of options to suit any tastes, Jo said the menu is comprised of recipes from her own repertoire and that of head chef Becky Bonner’s.
From donairs to steak and lobster, Jo said the menu is for everyone.
“The word no is not used (here). We will get whatever they want,” Jo said.
Even those with dietary concerns will be able to find a warm meal to their liking, and as Perry Miller explained, KC’s Steakhouse & Lounge offers gluten-free products.
“Lots of people have gluten issues, and they’re always looking for a place that can cater to them and we’ve done that,” he said.
Boasting reasonable prices on their menu, Jo said families do not need to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy a meal.
“We’re family people. We are really genuine family people,” she said. “It’s going to be for everyone.”
With a trained staff ready to serve, KC’s Steakhouse & Lounge is proud to offer an “old school” dining experience, Jo said.
“You can actually come in to the restaurant and be seated, be babied,” Jo said. “It’s nice to go out to a restaurant and relax and actually see a waitress around when you want something.”
The restaurant is currently employing a full staff, but Jo said anyone is welcome to drop off their resume.
“We don’t know how busy it’s going to get … if it gets busier then we’ll need more staff,” Jo said. “That’s why I’m telling anyone, ‘Hey, if you want to bring in your resume, great!’”
After working in the restaurant business off and on for the last 30 years, Jo said owning a business is a dream of hers.
“I wanted to do it my way,” she said.
“It’s just a dream … the three of us teamed up and I do the floor, she (Becky) does the kitchen, and Perry does all the maintenance and the booking and the money end of it, and all three of us are a team and here we go,” Jo said.
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Border City residents can make a reservation by calling 306-825-2400.
“We say sit, relax and enjoy,” Jo said.

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