Red Oak II reopens this summer April 4, 2007Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Businesses, Restaurants, Towns.
The visit to Red Oak II comes at an exciting time as renovation work nears completion on the Black Hen Restaurant, which will reopen this summer.
Larry Frickenschmidt, who purchased many of the Red Oak II buildings from Lowell Davis, said weather permitting, he hopes to have the restaurant open by June 1 as a key part of the attraction’s rebirth.
Frickenschmidt and his wife, Lois, have overseen renovations of many of the buildings they now own, which includes the blacksmith shop, restaurant and trolley car, town hall, feed store, wren house and corral and marshal’s cabin.
“We have spent a year and a half remodeling all the buildings,” said Frickenschmidt. “They are built to last.”
He said he wants Red Oak II to once again be a family place, where local residents and tourists traveling Route 66 can go to dine and enjoy some quality time seeing the sights.
Red Oak II was artist Lowell Davis‘ tribute to his hometown of Red Oak, Mo. The property has a Phillips 66 station, old schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, feed store, general store and several houses. It’s like a town that’s frozen in time just before World War II.
Red Oak II closed to the public several times because of financial difficulties and Lowell’s divorce. I’m glad it’s apparently getting another life.