The historic building in Baxter Springs, Kansas, best-known as the former home of Cafe on the Route, apparently has been put up for sale, based on a slick video and website touting the property.
The website’s name uses property’s address, 1101 Military Ave.
Moment Media, based in nearby Miami, Oklahoma, produced this well-made video, including drone footage.
The 9,000-square-foot building lists for $450,000, which includes the restaurant equipment. The restaurant and exterior underwent extensive renovations in 2015. The building, constructed in 1879, remains the city’s oldest brick structure.
The building became known for years as Cafe on the Route, where chef Richard Sanell served creative dishes that drew the attention of Guy Fieri and his “Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives” show on the Food Network.
But Cafe on the Route abruptly closed on New Year’s Eve 2012. Reports indicted Sanell became overextended after opening two more restaurants in the region that also closed about the same time. According to online property records, it was foreclosed in June 2014.
New owner Tim Potter of Miami, Oklahoma, reopened the restaurant in late 2014, but I’d heard it closed again less than a year later.
(Video-image capture of Cafe on the Route in Baxter Springs, Kansas)