OZARK, Mo. (Press release edited) – Finley Farms announced that the Ozark Mill restaurant overlooking the Finley River will open on Friday.
The cuisine is farm-to-table inside the restaurant. In addition to the quaint riverside restaurant, The Ozark Mill’s first floor also features a general store with pantry basics and a one-of-a-kind event venue, the Hawkins Hall. Reservations are currently required for dining at The Ozark Mill Restaurant. To make a reservation or view the restaurant’s opening hours, visit finleyfarmsmo.com.
“We are very honored to reopen the historic Ozark Mill,” said Megan Stack. “Countless hours have been devoted to the restoration of the mill to create a place of gathering and celebration for the community. We are grateful for the hard work and passion that our team, mill experts, historians and community members have helped to preserve this special space and we look forward to sharing it with locals and visitors. additional gathering spaces, both honoring the legacy of Ozark’s famed Riverside Inn. Located on the lower level, The Riverside Room will be a gathering place for wedding receptions and special events and The Garrison, a turn-of-the-century underground bar, a space for craft cocktails and social gatherings. A self-guided tour of the property will also be available later this year, where guests can learn about The Ozark Mill’s rich and vibrant history.
Plus, guests will be able to connect with nature by taking a stroll over the historic Riverside Bridge to the Chapel, a wooded location on the banks of the River Finley, across from The Mill. Both sites are now booking events for 2022. A big opening celebration for The Ozark Mill is scheduled for this fall and the dates will be released in the coming weeks.
A Vision Comes to Life In 1993, famed environmentalist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris purchased The Ozark Mill with the goal of preserving the building’s historic structure and reopening the Ozark Monument as a riverside restaurant. In 2016, his daughter Megan Stack got involved in the project and developed a larger dream for an urban farm, cafe and trails. Together, Morris and Stack, along with key local residents, have worked to make Finley Farms a historic destination and reopen The Ozark Mill as a centerpiece of the Ozark community.
The rich history of the Ozark Mill
Originally built in 1833 and carefully preserved, The Ozark Mill is the heart of Finley Farms. The flour mill was located at the confluence of the River Finley and the Ozark Trace, the mail delivery route through the region. As well as being a gathering place for the community, The Mill served many essential colony functions, such as the post office for receiving weekly deliveries. In 1992, the structure retired as the last commercially operated watermill in Missouri before being purchased by Morris. With the help of talented engineers and construction workers, the entire mill was removed from the River Finley so that its foundation could be restored in 2018. It was repositioned to the waterfront and gates flooding have been installed. Thanks to mill experts, historians and the local community, the Ozark Mill has been authentically and authentically restored for all to enjoy.
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