Archive for Saturday, May 30, 2009

Restaurant owner wins bid for lodge

Bed and breakfast with rich history bought for $149,600

May 30, 2009


Jack Cronemeyer returned to the restaurant business a few weeks ago.

Now, he and his wife, Mary, plan to open a second bed and breakfast.

Cronemeyer confirmed Friday he was the winning bidder in an online auction for Amanna élan, a bed and breakfast in Tonganoxie.

The winning bid in the auction, which ended Tuesday, was $149,600.

Cronemeyer and his wife, Mary, have owned and operated Circle S Ranch and Country Inn north of Lawrence the past 10 years.

Jack Cronemeyer, who formerly operated Badd Jack’s Southwest restaurant in downtown Tonganoxie, reopened a restaurant — West End Cafe — at the same location roughly a month ago.

As for the bed and breakfast, Cronemeyer said he did not purchase any of the items inside the Amanna élan that were sold in a separate online auction.

However, the historic locale, which was said to inspire Kansas playwright William Inge’s “Bus Stop,” will continue as a place for lodging and special events, he said.

“We’ll keep it as a bed and breakfast,” Cronemeyer said. “We would like to do wedding receptions, sort of similar to what we do now, just a smaller venue.”


angelmom 8 years, 7 months ago

I'm happy to hear that a local bought it. Keep up the great work Jack.

Scott Kaiser 8 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations, Jack. I worked on some remodel jobs with Jack years ago when he had a dog named Pepsi. Irish setter, I believe. Way to go Jack!

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