Z Loft Hotel, Bar, & Grill- Saint Robert, MO.

By Laura Huffman

Gasser Tourist Court was a mid-century landmark in Phelps County on Route 66. The combination of a modern motel complex and delicious barbecue and chicken was irresistible to Mother Road travelers. Today, 15 miles west, Z Loft Hotel, Bar, & Grill in Saint Robert is a hip, colorful, sophisticated update that rekindles the spirit of Fred & Vernelle Gasser’s model.

Innovative Twists on Classic, Flavorful Cuisine

Just off Route 66, tucked into an Ozarks “holler”, Z Loft first opened its doors to the public in 2013. The Farris family envisioned an “eat, play, stay” concept between Saint Louis and Springfield, Missouri- and they succeeded. The family combined their culinary roots with their hotelier skills and Z Loft was born.

Z Loft Bar & Grill promises “innovative twists on classic, flavorful cuisine” and “expertly crafted cocktails served in just the right glass”.

Cosmopolitan Text

The menu presents an elevated take on typical pub offerings. For starters, take into consideration Santa Fe Egg Rolls, Pork Pot Stickers, and Hummus that is served with fresh vegetables and Focaccia Bread. The menu lists six salad options- including the colorful Shrimp Goat Cheese Salad. This salad is a feast for the eyes and a treat to the taste buds- grilled shrimp served with fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, strawberries, goat cheese, and bread drizzled with house dressing. Entrees range in price between $9 to $28 and each choice is packed with flavor. Quesadillas can be ordered gluten free/meat free or with traditional grilled chicken or beef. The Philly Steak Sandwich has been described as “money”, and that description is spot on. One of the most popular, and unique, items is the Infamous Bourbon Burger. This hand crafted, hand-pattied creation is glazed in a special mixture of sauces including bourbon & brown sugar. The menu attests that the Kansas City Strip Steak is cooked to perfection- and diners agree! Even beef lovers will enjoy Z Loft’s chicken, pork, and fresh fish entrees. Chef Mitchie shows off her talent and skill daily with a variety of special creations.

Elevated Take on Typical Pub Offerings

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You may decide to linger after your meal- consider moving the after dinner drinks and conversation to the outside patio. This area is welcoming year round and the comfy seating near the fire pit invites conversation and laughter.

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Comfy seating near the fire pit

Whether you need a dining spot during your Route 66 trip through Missouri, or are looking for a special place for the road to lead you to, make sure to add Z Loft Bar & Grill to your itinerary.

To learn more about Z Loft Hotel, Bar, & Grill please visit www.ZBarandGrill.com.
For a complete listing of dining and lodging options in Pulaski County, Missouri please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of December 7, 2015-December 13, 2015

December 11- “Holidays From The Heartland”
What: 399th Army Band holiday performance
Where: Baker Theater, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 573.596.1360

December 11 399th Army Band Christmas Program

December 11 & 12- Journey To Bethlehem
What: Old Bethlehem comes to life with over 100 different characters and live animals.
Where: Crocker Christian Church, Crocker
When: 5:00-9:00 p.m..
Cost: FREE
Contact: Larry Richardson- 573.736.5121

December 11_12 Journey To Bethlehem

December 11, 12 & 13- T’was The Night Before Christmas
What: Community theater production.
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday curtain at 2:30 p.m..
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & Under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Toni Rowland)- 573.528.4164

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents "T'was The Night Before Christmas" at Theater On The Square in Waynesville, MO.

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “T’was The Night Before Christmas” at Theater On The Square in Waynesville, MO.

December 12- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

December 12- Richland’s Annual Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade.
Where: Downtown Richland
When: Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m..
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (DawnElyn Schneider)- 573.765.3986

December 12 Richland Christmas Parade

December 12- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
What: Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas festivities in the park.
Where: Dixon
When: Parade steps off at 6:00 p.m..
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dixon Chamber of Commerce– 573.308.5259

December 12 Lighted Christmas Parade

Looking Ahead:

December 18 & 19- Route 66 Basketball Shootout, Waynesville
January 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
January 16- Missouri Boatride LIVE In Concert, Dixon

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of November 23, 2015-November 29, 2015

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! Our office will be closed Thursday, November 26th. We will reopen Friday, November 27th at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and will resume regular hours Monday, November 30th.

November 27-29- T’was The Night Before Christmas
What: Community theater production.
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday curtain at 2:30 p.m..
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & Under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Toni Rowland)- 573.528.4164

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents "T'was The Night Before Christmas" at Theater On The Square in Waynesville, MO.

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “T’was The Night Before Christmas” at Theater On The Square in Waynesville, MO.

November 28- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Looking Ahead:

December 3- Christmas On The Square
December 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
December 6- Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade
December 6- Holiday In The Park
December 6- Christmas on Main Street
December 11- “Holidays from the Heartland”- 399th Army Band
December 11 & 12- Journey To Bethlehem
December 12- Richland Christmas Parade
December 12- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
December 18 & 19- Route 66 Basketball Shootout

December 3 Christmas On The Square

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December 6 Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade

December 6 Holiday in the Park Flyer 2015

December 11 399th Army Band Christmas Program

December 11_12 Journey To Bethlehem

December 12 Richland Christmas Parade

December 12 Lighted Christmas Parade

December 18_19 Route 66 Shootout

Old Stagecoach Stop Open During NSS Convention

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile

Old Stagecoach Stop, on the Square, Waynesvile

The Old Stagecoach Stop, built in the 1850’s, is a 10-room museum. Each room is restored to a different usage or era in the building’s history. The facility has been a stage stop and tavern on the Wire Road between St. Louis and Springfield; a hospital during the Civil War; a hotel; a dentist’s office; and a boarding house for workers building Fort Leonard Wood in 1941.

Tour guides reveal the history of the building, which tells much of the story of the growth and development of Pulaski County.

Normally open only on Saturdays, the Old Stagecoach Stop throws open its doors to Welcome the National Speleological Society Convention in July. The Museum will be open Tuesday, July 14th and Thursday, July 16th from 5-8 pm.

There is no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to tour the Old Stagecoach Stop during this time.

Don’t miss the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, trout fishing, and downtown shopping & dining while you are in Waynesville!

http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org #NSS2015

Korean War Monument Dedication Held in Pulaski County, Missouri

Patriotic Pulaski County has a long and proud tradition of patriotism. Another symbol of our patriotic pride was unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The Pulaski County Korean Association dedicated their gift, the Korean War Memorial monument to gathered onlookers and dignified guests in a ceremony that started at 9:00 a.m..

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

The monument is a tribute to the 358 soldiers from 62 counties surrounding Pulaski County that gave their lives during the Korean War.

Speakers included Charles G. Baxter (Director, Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood), 1SG (Ret.) Walter B. Dixon (Former POW/MIA- Korean War), Kyong Rainbolt (President, Pulaski County Korean Association), Stan Baughn (Director, Missouri Cemeteries Program- Missouri Veterans Commission) and Jin-hyun Lee (Consul, Korean Consulate in Chicago).

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Distinguished guests included Steve Lynch (State Representative District 122), COL Bjarne M. Iverson (Chief of Staff, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), CSM Terrence Murphy (Command Sergeant Major, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), George Sanders (Mayor of Saint Robert), Luge Hardman (Mayor of Waynesville), Dr. Virgie Mahan (President, Assistance Association), Members of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49, and Pastors of Korean Churches.

After the unveiling and acceptance of the monument Mr. Lee expressed appreciation for all those who served in the Korean War and Mrs. Rainbolt described the war as “America’s forgotten victory”. Both Mr. Lee and Mrs. Rainbolt reminded those in attendance that “Freedom is Not Free”. 60th Anniversary coins were presented to the Korean War Veterans in attendance by Mr. Lee.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.

Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon issued a proclamation that was read by Charles Baxter. The proclamation recognizes that “trade and economic development, tourism and educational and cultural exchanges advance our peoples and peoples around the world and promote peace” and also commended the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago “for honoring Korean War veterans and their families and friends”.

Governor Jay Nixon's Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Governor Jay Nixon’s Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.

The Korean War was fought from 25 June, 1950 until an armistice was signed by South Korea and North Korea 27 July, 1953. The United States sent 480,002 troops to aid South Korea against the North Korean invaders. Of these, the United States had 36, 503 casualties and 92, 073 wounded. The sacrifices made by American troops greatly helped South Korea and its people, and also helped to stop the spread of communism.

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to include this newest monument, a gift from the Pulaski County Korean Association as a stop on our Veterans Memorial Tour. This self guided driving tour directs visitors and tourists to nine tributes to our veterans that are in Pulaski County, Missouri. For your complimentary brochure call 877-858-8687 today.

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association.  #PulaskiCountyUSA #PatrioticPulaski #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

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Pulaski County USA is proud to announce our new, ongoing project thanking our Veterans, #VeteranThanks

Pulaski County USA is proud to announce our new, ongoing project thanking our Veterans, #VeteranThanks

#VeteranThanks Project

Pulaski County USA is the first Purple Heart county in Missouri. We are known for our patriotism. The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to announce the launch of a new project, #VeteranThanks, to respectfully honor our nation’s veterans. You may submit your photographs to us for inclusion in this campaign. This is not a contest, simply an invitation to show your appreciation and share your photos with others through social media… including our newly created Facebook page that is just for honoring veterans and on our other social media accounts.

Each day, year round, we will be uploading photos of Veterans to our blog at http://www.veteranthanks.blogspot.com. Submitted veterans photos will be searchable by last name or branch of service. We will be regularly adding your submitted photos. Let us thank your veteran! Start digging through those scrapbooks, as we will always be needing photos to add.

Simply email your photo of your uniformed United States veteran, any branch of service, any era of service, any geographic location to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com. You can also tweet them to @PulCoUSA. THANK YOU to all of you who have defended our freedoms! #VeteranThanks #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA

Please give this new page, http://www.facebook.com/VeteranThanks a “like” by visiting and clicking the “thumbs up”.

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#Throwback Thursday- E.A. Steckel & Ozark Springs Resort

Edmund Albert Steckel, founder of Ozark Springs Resort at Turkey Ridge, Missouri, in #PulaskiCountyUSA

Edmund Albert Steckel, founder of Ozark Springs Resort at Turkey Ridge, Missouri.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday is a tribute to #PulaskiCountyUSA’s busiest man, Edmund Albert Steckel. During the years of his constant flurry of activity, 1909-1928, E.A. Steckel opened Ozark Springs Resort in 1922. The old resort property is still a destination today as visitors, tourists, and curiosity seekers travel to The Cave Restaurant & Resort to enjoy a meal in the restaurant that is located inside a pre-historic cave that overlooks the Gasconade River.

To learn more about E.A. Steckel, Ozark Springs Resort, & Turkey Ridge, please refer to the 2011 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/E.%20A.%20Steckel%20Ozark%20Springs.pdf

If you like our blog, you will LOVE our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA