When the stretch of Interstate 55 opened from Sikeston to Cape, the
volume of traffic on Highway 61 decreased dramatically. It became
clear that to survive, something needed to change. In 1967, my father
modified our home and opened it to the public as RAY'S HOUSE OF PIZZA
& STEAKS. By offering some of this areas best quality food in an
atmosphere so warm, he was confident this would attract people and
make our place a destination. He was right. It was here that a
reputation was made, and people did come from an easy 30 mile radius
to dine at our house.
We closed the business in 1976 because of Dad's health related
issues. Now after nearly 30 years, my wife, Cindy and I have rekindled
the fire, so to say. The house no longer stands, but the recipes and
philosophies I grew up with are not forgotten.
This building we are now in, was built in 1920 as the FARMERS &
MERCHANTS BANK of Kelso. The bank closed in 1927 after an embezzlement
scandal. My grandfather, Werner Ressel, bought the building in 1934
and operated it as a grocery store until the late 70's when he
retired. He leased it out to a couple other individuals who continued
it as a store until the late 80's. In the early 90's, my father moved
into this building and and made it into his woodworking and art
studio. He continued to live and work in this building until he passed
away in 2003.
Cindy and I decided to renovate and restore the building as close
to its original appearance of the 1920's. As you notice, we have
combined Art, Crafts and gifts within a dining room gallery
atmosphere. Today, much like 30 plus years ago, we are a family
operated restaurant. Our four sons, Greg, Michael, James and Jason all
work with us in building upon a tradition of excellence. It is our
goal that your dining experience be intimate, satisfying and
memorable. If for ANY reason it is not, please let us know.