‘The Merc' is back in Kenton

by Clytie Bunyan Published: July 29, 2007
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5 m
iles east of the town.

Terry Collins said she and her husband operated a successful Tucson steakhouse — The Lariat — for 10 years before deciding to reclaim the ranch, which at one time had been a family operation.

"We bought it back from the man who my husband's uncle sold it to,” she said. "We wanted to do something a little more personal.”

The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday evenings.

The menu has three meat groups — steak, ribs and chicken — plus salad, and a sinfully good brownie dessert.

If you decide to stay overnight in Kenton, as I did last weekend, there are options other than camping.

Bobbie and Jane Apple of the Hitching Post Ranch also manage the Hitching Post Bed & Breakfast, which includes a house "in town” and a more rustic cabin at the ranch. There's the Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast, just before Robber's Roost, on the road to the mesa. And Collins said, beginning next weekend, two cabins at the Hoot Owl Ranch will be available.

The Merc also has three cabins available for rent, McBride said.

If you're expecting fancy, stay home. But accommodations are comfortable. You get clean sheets, indoor plumbing and electricity — plus a really good meal (I can vouch for the food at the Hoot Owl Ranch House and the Hitching Post).

Perhaps Terry Collins best explained the Kenton experience: "We want to be a destination. We don't want to be a necessity,” she said. "We want to be a place where people can come and enjoy the peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.”

by Clytie Bunyan
Director of Business and Lifestyles
Clytie Bunyan joined The Oklahoman in 1989 as a Metro desk reporter. She later moved to the Business desk to cover real estate and presided over extensive coverage in the 1990s about the then-uncertain future of the Skirvin Hotel. She also has...
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