Fork in the Road: Hays House serves up good food and tradition

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. (WIBW)-- Nathan Adams doesn't have much down time as the manager of Hays House.

"Right now, it's pretty busy," he said. "We've got a 35 top upstairs and our regular diners come in, so it makes for a fun challenge."

And he wouldn't change a thing.

Not only Hays House delicious, it's the oldest continuously restaurant West of the Mississippi that attracts hungry people from all over the world.

Nestled in the quiet town of Council Grove, Kansas, Hays House is a restaurant that is proud of it's tradition.

Once guests step inside, they will find a busy restaurant anxious to please since 1857.

Guests can sample a bit of everything at Hays House, whether it's a tasty fried chicken sandwich, a Certified Angus beef Ranger Salad, or even a juicy burger.

Adams says consistency is what brings customers back.

"That's the number one key in a restaurant, that and a good atmosphere," he said.

Adams says for every guest, stepping into Hays House means treating you like family, inside the kitchen, and out.

Hays House is located in downtown Council Grove on 112 West Main Street. Hours are Monday through Sunday-Tuesday from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday until 8 p.m., and Friday-Saturday until 9 p.m.