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Kansas City pan-fried chicken icon Stroud’s brings its 79-year-old recipe to Topeka one evening each week

Blue Moose will offer the highly celebrated pan-fried chicken every Sunday evening, starting on July 7

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 28, 2019) – Stroud’s secret, pan-fried chicken recipe, which has never been modified in its 79 years, is making its way to Topeka by way of Kansas City, Stroud’s home base. The award-winning fried chicken will be offered at Blue Moose, located at 3030 Wanamker Drive, beginning July 7. Starting at 5 p.m. every Sunday, Blue Moose diners will have the option to order a three-piece chef’s choice chicken dinner served with green beans, skin-on mashed potatoes, Stroud’s gravy and a Stroud’s cinnamon roll for $14.99.


Stroud’s has received numerous accolades over its nearly 86-year history and has been featured on national TV shows, including “Man v. Food” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel, and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network.


Reservations at Blue Moose can be made by calling restaurant at 785-272-6800 or online here.


About Blue Moose

For over 17 years, the Blue Moose brand has endeavored to be the finest upscale-casual restaurant in the neighborhood. We remain dedicated to providing a friendly staff who serves hand-crafted cocktails and delicious fare from our scratch menus. We take pride in providing an atmosphere where our guests feel comfortable, worry-free and at home when visiting. Blue Moose is the perfect place to meet friends and family in the neighborhood. Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6pm with food and drink specials. We offer weekly Sunday brunch with a beautiful and tasty buffet, opening at 10 a.m. All day Tuesdays we feature 10 bottles of wine for $10 each. Don’t miss our thirsty Thursday special - $2 and $2.50 beers! Private Rooms for events are available at all locations. Blue Moose is managed and owned by KC Hopps, Ltd., and a group of local investors.


About Stroud’s

The year was 1933. Prohibition had just been repealed, we were between two World Wars and Stroud’s Restaurant was built. Stroud’s started as a BBQ restaurant by Guy and Helen Stroud on the county line at 85th and Troost. The road house remained a BBQ restaurant until World War II. During the war, because beef was being rationed, Helen Stroud started serving pan-fried chicken. The original chicken dinner was only 35 cents! In 1977, two Kelly’s Westport Inn bartenders, Mike Donegan and Jim Hogan, purchased Stroud’s. After inheriting a couple of Helen’s cooks and recipes, they came up with the menu we still serve today.


In 1983, Mike Donegan, his twin brother, Dennis, and Jim Hogan purchased Oak Ridge Manor in the northland. A third location in Wichita, Kansas, joined the Stroud’s family in 1992. The original Stroud’s location closed its doors in 2006, and re-opened in Fairway, Kansas, in 2008. The Fairway location joined forces with KC Hopps in 2013, and together they opened a location in Overland Park, KS. Through the years, Stroud’s has received many national awards including the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award for Best Restaurant. Stroud’s has been honored with appearances on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and No Reservations, Food Network’sThe Best Thing I Ever Ate and KCPT’s Check Please. Stroud’s has also been featured in several national and international publications. The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet Magazine, The New York Times, People Magazine, Esquire, Bon Apetite! and Playboy Magazine, to name a few.


Mike Donegan, along with his caring and professional staff, operate all of the Stroud’s locations with the same ultimate goal of serving delicious, home-cooked meals in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Stroud’s in Fairway and Overland Park, Kansas are also managed and owned by KC Hopps, Ltd., and a group of local investors.