Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lunch at the Long Horn in Forsyth!

Forsyth MO. - As it had been sometime since I'd gone out anywhere for lunch, I decided to visit the Long Horn Family Dining eatery located on Highway 160 in Forsyth Missouri on what was a rainy early spring day!

Prices were accurate as of March 2018
It would be very correct for me to state that I'm rather picky as to what I consider a good lunch food candidate. One of my definite favorites is a good old fashioned hamburger and fries! The Long Horn offers a 'Kountry Burger' menu item that is really your basic third pounder along with a generous serving of French fries! 

Great food and fair prices in a venue with a family ambiance.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Charlie's restaurant is for sale or lease!

Forsyth, Mo. - Strategically located near the intersections of Hwy 160 and Y is a  beautiful business that closed in December of 2017 and is currently available for sale or lease! Formerly, Charlie's Ribs Steak and Ale, this was a popular venue for over a decade. Today, in March 2018, it could be a great fit to the right business enterprise.

While, it's no secret that the large square footage proved to be something of a problem for profitability by the former management, the over all structure has been well maintained and perhaps with a little creative thinking, could be turned around quickly.

My thinking for this building would be of a divide and conquer sort of approach. That is to say, if one were to separate the interior into two businesses, then possibly it could work. I was thinking that one side could still be a bar/eatery while the other side could be turned into offices or possibly a 5 and 10 sort of store.

The property was currently being offered by KW Commercial and was represented by Jim and Chris Bolin who could be reached at 417-224-7445.

Update: As of mid July, 2018, the property is still available for $850K with leasing terms available.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter Dinner at the Mug!

Forsyth Mo. - Easter falls on Sunday, April the 1st which is also April Fools Day for 2018. (An interesting juxtaposition what with the celebration of the rising of Christ and all). At any rate, John's Frosted Mug will be serving up a great meal consisting of ham, scalloped potatoes, corn and a cupcake for just $7.50. However, two things are unknown at the time I posted this; what the serving times are that day and whether or not the venue will sub in something like spam for the ham. After all, it is April Fools Day!

You can find out for yourself by calling to check the serving time at 417-546-4149 or by stopping there anytime after 11AM. Their address is 15861 US Hwy 160 in Forsyth Missouri!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Frosted Mug on St. Patrick's Day!

Forsyth MO. - Saturday, March the 17th is Saint Patrick's Day for 2018! Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. But, for most Americans today, it is a time of celebration, green beer and lots of food food!

To that end, John's Frosted Mug will be offering up a great 'feast' that will include corned beef, cabbage, new potatoes, carrots and rye bread for only $7.50! And while I'm unsure as to the color of the beer, they do have a one of a kind Irish Elf which I've been told is 'well hung'!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Frosted Mug has an opening!

Egg prices have gone way up! Why?

Forsyth MO. – Anyone who may have desired to purchase a carton of eggs may also have been shocked by the recent rise in the price! Back in November of 2017, I bought a dozen eggs for at the Country Mart just seventy nine cents! Then right after the New Year, the prices shot up and to around $2.49 in mid march 2018! Wow. Why exactly is that?

Iowa State University professor Hongwei Xin, who directs the school’s Egg Industry Center, says domestic and international demand for U.S. eggs have been on the rise.

“We are at 273.7, about 274 eggs per capita per year,” he says of U.S. consumption. “This is the highest of the past 38 years.” And he says it’s expected to continue climbing.

So, increased demand is one factor! Another key factor relates to the Avian flu, which have decimated flocks world wide.

The good news is that U.S. egg producers appear to be increasing the size of their laying flocks, which ultimately will increase supply and potentially push prices down, this according to the USDA.

Xin also says it’s important to take the long view of egg prices. From 2010-2014, the average price of a dozen eggs in the first quarter was $1.22 per dozen. That was before the avian flu outbreak wreaked havoc on the industry, so the projection for the next few months is below what consumers have weathered in the recent past.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Shopping at Country Mart!

15720 U.S. 160, Forsyth, MO 65653 * 417-546-2101
Forsyth MO – It was a Friday and with a scrawled grocery list grasped firmly in hand, I headed out to the local Country Mart to buy myself a bit of food. The day was pretty typical for early to mid March; cloudy with a noticeable southwest wind that hinted at some rain later on in the day. I parked my aging Jeep in a spot far enough from the entrance to ensure I'd get at least some exercise that day.

The Country Mart is one of about four employee owned stores that exist in and around southwest Missouri. They offer a very satisfying selection of foods, liquors, Deli and pharmaceutical items.

The store in Forsyth MO. is nicely laid out and after having shopped there for a number of years, I've got it pretty well figured out. The employees there are a very nice bunch of individuals who always seem to make an effort at being cheerful and helpful. Randy, who manages the Produce Department is one of the hardest working individuals I've ever seen. (His produce is always very well maintained, fresh and inviting). The Deli area isn't too shabby either and in that spot you will often find the very good natured Sheila, who always seems to laugh at my inane comments. (I've never really figured out if she laughs because she thinks I'm funny or if she's just laughing at me...). Whichever, she's a good person and it shows!

On this day, my list was short for two reasons; lack of much money and the fact I'm on a perennial diet. I had it in mind to make up a batch of chili which I like to mix into a bowl of pasta for a sort of Cincinnati-styled dish where I'll add some minced onion and cheese to the affair. Interestingly, if you keep the portions of some sort of sane amounts, this dish is not a diet breaker. (It's not a diet fixer either, but at my age one does the best one can). In any case, I was able to locate all the stuff I needed very quickly and have always felt that the prices are better than what could be found elsewhere. Thanks Country Mart!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Issues at the Frosted Mug!

Forsyth MoJohn's Frosted Mug is a bar slash restaurant that has been an icon in my small town for a number of decades. When I was working, I'd often stop there for a couple of cold beers and maybe a game of pool after I'd get off. I started going there back in 1992 or so and feel that I know the venue fairly well.

That was then, and now is now, however. The Mug, in my opinion, faces a number of issues that could prove to be problematic for any long term survival. Let me list five of them here;

  1. I cannot remember when either the outside or the inside has last seen a significant effort at renovation. In 2018, it's now showing some clear signs of wear and tear that likely do little to improvement customer expectations.
  2. The Mug is a smoking only facility, meaning that there are no accommodations for non-smokers there at all! At a time where people have quit or are quitting in record number, this venue has become less and less appealing to larger and larger numbers of potential customers.
  3. The menu and especially the specials have become predictable and therefore uninspiring. While the quality of the food there is good, recent price increases may be playing to a smaller dinner crowd.
  4. The lone pool table has issues, (this according to a few avid players I've talked to). Apparently the rails have some dead spots that makes clean play a problem.
  5. Screaming infants really have no place in a smoke filled adult bar, yet they make regular appearances.

These are all problems that have pretty straight forward solutions. I decided to post this, not to condemn the establishment, but in the hopes that some needed changes can be made so that it will once again become a thriving and popular place to grab a cold one on a hot summer day.