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July 20, 2013

Wally Kennedy: New owners take over Colonel’s Pancake House

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Colonel’s Pancake House, a Range Line Road original since 1960, is under new ownership.

Phyllis Pearce, the owner since 1982, has sold the property to Kelly and Jonah Weaver, of Joplin. They have experience in the restaurant business. Kelly Weaver’s parents own Stogey’s Coney Island on East Seventh Street, which is one of my favorite restaurants in Joplin.

The Weavers intend to operate the restaurant in the tradition that it has been operated. That was important to Pearce.

“I’m thrilled. They’re going to refurbish it like it used to be years ago,’’ she said. “When we closed on the property last Friday (July 12), they sent me flowers. It was so sweet. They knew what this place means to me.’’

The Colonel’s Pancake House is one of the oldest businesses on Range Line Road that is still in its original location.

“I’m really excited about this,’’ said Kelly Weaver. “We have lost so much and so many locally owned restaurants, I did not want to lose another one. There is so much nostalgia to this place — I wanted to keep it open and reinvent it.’’

The restaurant at 842 S. Range Line will be closed for about two weeks so that some remodeling can take place. In the meantime, Weaver is looking for original photos of the place from the 1960s.

“I want to hear the stories, too. I want to incorporate everybody’s memories,’’ she said.

The Colonel’s, which will be a nonsmoking establishment when it reopens, will still offer a great breakfast menu, but the lunch menu will feature more soups, salads and sandwiches. The menu generally will have a new look.

At one time, the Colonel’s was one of only a couple of places on Range Line where you could get breakfast. That has certainly changed.

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