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Toast Johnny's Place Goodbye

Operations for this full-service restaurant in Eureka were closed Monday night by its owner.

Johnny's Place owner Terri Kettenbrink is known for wanting to make customers happy with her good food. She worries about plate presentation and whether customers are enjoying themselves. But last night was a tear-filled one for Kettenbrink, who had to shut down her restaurant operations, due to not enough business.

Johnny's Place was a family-friendly restaurant with flat screen TVs, an outdoor patio and private party room.

Kettenbrink re-established herself not long ago to the Central Avenue location from Washington, MO, to create an American cuisine menu in Eureka.

She supported city events, such as Mardi Growl and most recently participated in the Wild Wild West Hoedown sponsored by Old Town Eureka merchants during the annual Eureka Backdraft Rodeo hosted by the Eureka Fire Protection Department.

She recently also had added live music and additional healthy options for menu choices, plus novelties such as fried potato salad. What she couldn't add enough of to stay ahead of maintenance bills was diners.

Kettenbrink told Patch Monday evening that she wished more customers somehow could be directed to Old Town Eureka restaurants, given the traffic nearer Interstate 44 and Fifth Street. She also said she was concerned about the overall number of restaurants that recently opened in Eureka, given family's tight economic challenges.

"Air-conditioning this building this summer really hurt my budget," said Kettenbrink, who said she will truly miss customers while she stood worrying about the employees she had to release.

"I would still like to cater, and many people like my chicken wings, so they can still contact me about that," she said.

For someone whose business motto was "Good Food—Good Times," Patch wishes Kettenbrink a good future.

Chris K October 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
sorry to hear this. we always enjoyed johnny's.
Barb Onken October 10, 2012 at 02:38 AM
We LOVED Johnny's!!!! I am sad.
Emily B October 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Wished I had liked my food the few times I went there but it just wasn't good ...
catherine miller October 13, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Having been to Johnny's several times, I can honestly say that I rarely saw the owner making sure the customers were happy. Many times she was sitting at the bar enjoying her wine and I had wished she would come around to check on her customers. Service was hit or miss...once, we had to wait 40 minutes for our meal while there was only 1 other table there. Other times they would be out of a certain dish. The food was fair to good but nothing really stood out as great. We would go there only because of location to home and was always a last resort...definitely saw the writing on the wall with this one...so hard to find a good restaurant in Eureka.
Krista U. December 04, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Service was very very slow considering we were the only patrons in the restaurant. We liked the outdoor eating area which is what brought us in. I ordered fettucine from the kids menu and was charged from the regular menu and they wouldnt adjust it because they already brought the food out.

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