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New Beatrice restaurant serves cattle drive cuisine
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New Beatrice restaurant serves cattle drive cuisine


Very befitting of the location at the Beatrice 77 Livestock Sales building, a new restaurant in town is cooking some cattle drive cuisine.

Jason Williams, the owner of Bistro 77 said he and several volunteers started doing cattle sales for the auction house around two months ago, and decided to work full-time in late November.

Williams said the menus are still being worked on, but he calls the style cattle drive cuisine and explained that it is similar to Tex-Mex.

“We still do the classic stuff where you get two or three eggs however you want them,” Williams said. “But we also do huevos rancheros, I do migas street tacos, different kind of style of French toast, and just try to bring everything a little more upscale, above the norm, and try to be different.”

According to the Kansas Historical Society website, northern states had a shortage of beef after the Civil War. Texas ranchers had an abundance of cattle and they decided to ship them north – largely to Kansas cities, where they were dubbed cowtowns – and the cattle would be exported across the country from there.

"It pulled from all of these different ethnic groups, because all the immigrants were coming over… So you have a lot of Hispanic influence, and then you have Irish, Italian, Czech, German- you have all of these different ethnic groups that kind of influence the food.”

Bistro 77’s current hours are Thursday through Monday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Williams said on adding evening hours in the future, as well.


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