KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friday marked the first dinner service at the new Golden Ox in the Stockyards District.
Step inside the new Golden Ox in the West Bottoms and you’re overwhelmed with nostalgia.
“They’ve done a wonderful job of recreating that feel, “ Bill Haw, who owns the building that houses the iconic steakhouse told 41 Action News.
Haw worked with the new owners to retain some of the old artwork.
“You’d be amazed at how Kansas Citians had come to adore a lot of these things,” Haw said. “I kept it all, things like these bronze steer-heads [they] were starting to disappear so we had to put them under security until we used them again”
The original Golden Ox closed in 2014 after more than six decades. But soon the owners of Voltaire, Wes Gartner and Jill Myers, stepped up to the plate.
“They’re good business people. They know how to create the vibe and so when they expressed an interest in the Golden Ox I was delighted and jumped on the opportunity,” Haw said.
They spent two and half years making major renovations, including opening up the kitchen and cutting the space in half.
“I wanted to retain the look and the feel and attain intimacy by shrinking the overall footprint so I think that the guys did an incredible job of making that happen,” Haw said.
The reopening is happening as the Stockyards District is experiencing a revival, with the Hy-Vee arena set to go in the former Kemper Arena and new luxury apartments that will be built next door to the new Golden Ox.
“Almost everybody in Kanas City at one time or another has told me ‘Gee, when my dad used to bring us down here for every event.' They’re anxious to relive that experience,” Haw said.