Although some of the staff’s faces are familiar, everything else at 1810 W. State Highway 76 on the Strip is brand new.
“We are now a family-owned and operated, clean, family-friendly restaurant,” said Leah Kendall, co-owner.
“We want families to come here, where we bring our families, to eat good, homemade food and have a great time.”
Co-owner Bill Kitchin is the chef. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and was the personal chef for Ann-Margret Olsson, better known as actress and entertainer Ann-Margret.
Kitchin makes everything on the menu from scratch, utilizing his own personal creations or recipes that have been handed down through the owners’ families for generations.
Every steak is hand-cut premium beef, aged 21 days. Seafood, poultry, pork, pasta and desserts are all available and options are as varied as they are delicious. The green bean casserole, a Branson’s Center Stage Grille & Bar favorite, is made with fresh green beans and homemade mushroom soup.
Kitchin, who is of German descent, also offers homemade German cuisine certain to please even the most discriminating palate. Schnitzel and hot German potato salad are a couple of items Kitchin offers.
Gluten-free menu items can now be had in the restaurant, as well.
Kendall’s younger sister Amber Brown has been working hard to open the Kaffee Haus at Branson’s Center Stage Grille & Bar in the front portion of the restaurant, adjacent to the patio.
Gluten-free products are a must-have for Brown, who said she has had trouble finding such options in the Branson area.
“I had to go gluten-free for health reasons,” she said. “I had to go home and bake gluten-free for myself.”
“Now she has to come here and bake gluten-free,” added Kitchin with a laugh.
An extensive supply of gluten-free options will be onhand, as well as pastries, muffins and treats, most of which come from recipes handed down from generations of Brown and Kendall’s family. One is a German apple pastry with sharp cheddar cheese handed down from the ladies’ “Nana Bea” Adams.
“Pie without cheese is like a hug without squeeze,” Adams always said.
The coffee house will feature the Namaste Coffee Pourovers and Blooming Teapots, prepared at your table, and local coffee beans.
Kaffee Haus is also now the exclusive distributor of Paul Wohlfeil’s Costa Rican specialty coffee, used in the coffee pourovers and benefitting Noah’s Ark Foundation. Noah’s Ark develops free professional mental health, substance abuse and legal services to promote healthy Costa Rican families and individuals.
Blooming Teapots are simply amazing and most assuredly a sight to see.
According to coffee/tea.com, flowering teas are typically made of tea leaves that have been sewn by hand into a shape. When flowering teas are infused, they open into flowers that have been sewn into a strand or garland that opens quickly, popping out of the tea leaves once the leaves have been softened and opened enough by the hot water.
Branson’s Center Stage Grille & Bar also highlights live music on its center stage.
Local entertainers with their original music grace diners with the sounds of their dreams while guests enjoy dinner and a cocktail, if they wish.
The music is loud enough to be entertaining, but not so loud that conversation with companions cannot be enjoyed.
All in all, many changes have taken place at this venue on the Strip and should be experienced.
Branson’s Center Stage Grille & Bar is at 1810 W. State Highway 76 on Branson’s famous Strip.
Visit bransoncenterstage.com, Branson’s Center Stage or Kaffee Haus on Facebook or call 417-320-6079 for more information.