Rooftops Restaurant – Hays, KS
Unfortunately this restaurant is no longer open.
If you’re in the western half of Kansas and you want to experience an atmosphere that is truly unique, I would suggest Rooftops Restaurant in Hays, Kansas. As the name implies, this restaurant is located on the sixth floor of the Emprise Bank building.
From their many viewpoints, dressed up in Italian Villa style, you can gaze out over downtown Hays, southwest across Fort Hays State University and eventually off into the windswept prairie.
I’ve had the opportunity to eat here twice, and both times I’ve had the place nearly all to myself. If you want to eat a pleasant and relaxing meal, this is the place. The very idea of this is in stark contrast to Hay’s wild and rough cowtown days. It occurred to me as I quietly dined on my Jack Daniels pork meal, that 150 years prior, there were whiskey fueled gunfights with the likes of Wild Bill Hickok in the streets below me. Those same streets below now make up the historic Chestnut Street District. If you like unique shopping, art and dining opportunities, this eclectic district is for you.
Until next time – Swine and Dine!