Archive for Thursday, January 2, 2003

Restaurant moving downtown

January 2, 2003

George Mills is moving his restaurant to downtown Basehor in about a month.

Mills, better known as the Brutie in Doc and Brutie's Pizza, closed his restaurant in Basehor Town Square shortly before Christmas.

In February, he'll re-open in a historic building that housed Basehor Cabinet Shop, until it was destroyed by fire in May 2001.

"Downtown has been neglected, and granted there's not much down there, but there is room for expansion and revival," said Mills, who will rent the first floor of the building from owner Dan Foy.

The building will be much larger than the restaurant's current location. The number of square feet will more than double, from 2,200 to about 5,000. The new restaurant will include a meeting room, and Mills hopes to expand the number of nights that live music will be played at Doc and Brutie's.

"I'm going to get a lot more exposure downtown than I will here. It's amazing how much traffic goes downtown on 155th Street."

Mills plans to expand the restaurant's menu to include pasta and barbecue, which is on the menu at the other Doc and Brutie's restaurant in De Soto.

"We just haven't had the room or the electricity here to swing that," he said.

Mills describes the barbecue as "three-finger pork." He said it falls off the bone.

"And you pick it up with three fingers," he said.

For the past eight years, Doc and Brutie's Pizza has operated at 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40, said Mills, a Tonganoxie resident.

Foy said he's rented a parking lot on the east side of 155th Street to accommodate vehicles for the restaurant.

Foy's been working to renovate the building, which was constructed by 1906, by the February deadline.

"We're saving this old historic building," he said.

He hopes to renovate the second floor of the structure for apartments or offices.

Mills is eager to reopen in the new location.

"It's going to be wonderful," he said. "We're going to be able to do the things that we've wanted to do."

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