Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Historic Galvin's Dinnerhouse gets fried, owner says he'll re-open

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:45 AM

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The way it was...

Next month, the venerable Galvin's Dinnerhouse -- a family-style fried-chicken restaurant on the outskirts of St. Joseph -- would have turned 70 years old. Yesterday morning, the old brick building was nearly consumed by fire -- "an electrical problem," according to the local St. Joseph newspaper which quotes the owner, Bill Grace, as "vowing to re-open."

And to think, it all started 70 years ago...as a gas station.

In 1940, the original owners of Galvin's earned a little extra money by selling "chicken in a basket" to bus passengers traveling west to Kansas City (and beyond) on Highway 372. But over the past seven decades, Galvin's became a genteel, family-style restaurant serving platters of fried chicken, soup, salad, muffins, corn, green beans and freshly baked bread. Great home-made desserts, too.

The restaurant has stayed in the family all these years. Owner Bill Grace started working at Galvin's as a teenage busboy and dishwasher. The St. Joseph News-Press reported that the pastor of Bill Grace's church and family members were with Grace as firefighters put out the blaze.

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