CONWAY SPRINGS: North Forty adds to local bar and restaurant scene

North Forty Bar & Grill is located at 114 E. Spring Ave. in Conway Springs.

By Sam Jack

Joe and Lynette Friess are the owners of North Forty Bar & Grill, the Conway Springs establishment that opened this January. The two are pleased with the community support the bar and grill has received, they said.

That support was on display on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, when a pretty good crowd turned out to eat corned beef and cabbage and watch KU, Wichita State and K-State teams play in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Both Friesses have prior experience working at bars, and Lynette managed one for several years.

“We just had an opportunity, and people around town saying we needed another bar,” Joe Friess said. “One thing kind of led to another, and we got to talking to the guy that owned the building and decided to take a plunge and try it.”

The North Forty name, the decor and even the phone number – 620-456-FARM – contribute to a farming and agriculture theme.

“Being from a farm, I had an idea I wanted it to be a little rustic, so we got tin and barn wood,” Joe Friess said. “That’s the way I remodeled my house, and I figured, if we were going to spend a lot of time here, I wanted it to have a homey feel.”

In addition to a full-service bar, North Forty’s kitchen serves up American cuisine favorites, including burgers, sandwiches, chicken fried steaks and a range of fried appetizers.

Drink and food specials are frequently offered and announced on the North Forty Bar & Grill Facebook page. Saturday, April 1, will mark North Forty’s first barbecue event.

North Forty’s kitchen hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a limited menu is offered starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays. The business is located at 114 E. Spring Ave.