New bar and grill opens in Conway Springs

The Stock Tank Bar & Grill in Conway Springs opened its doors in late February.

By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

CONWAY SPRINGS – The Stock Tank Bar & Grill is now open for business in Conway Springs. The new restaurant and bar is located at 113 E. Spring Ave, where previous bar Au’Dean’s Den had been located until June 20, 2020. Tiffany Vaughn was working for Au’Dean’s when it closed abruptly.
“I felt lost and unsure of my future for my family. I knew then that with hard work and the blessings from a wonderful, gold-hearted woman by the name of Janet Loehr, that I would be able to buy a bar,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn went to work for Loehr, who owns The Other Place Bar and Grill in Garden Plain. From the beginning, Vaughn had told Loehr she wanted to be back behind a bar and learn as much as she could about bar ownership. She said she actually was torn between purchasing The Other Place from Loehr or buying the building in Conway Springs and starting her own.
“My husband and I decided the Conway Springs bar would better fit our lives and it is in the town where our child goes to school. Janet is completely understanding and helped us every step of the way,” said Vaughn.
The Vaughn family and community volunteers spent a lot of time working on the interior of the building and fixing it up the way they wanted it. A new sign has been hung on the building and the front door now dons the new name and logo. New paint and seating have also been added.
Customers will notice a few familiar faces while dining at The Stock Tank. Stephanie Wedman, a favorite cook who worked for the previous Au’Dean’s Den and other local diners is back working in the kitchen, along with Landon Wisely and Kade Carver. Bar and front help will include Vaughn herself and previous bar tender Crystal Baker.
“The Stock Tank would not be possible if it wasn’t for our wonderful staff making sure your experience with us is personal and satisfying every time,” said Vaughn.
Patrons will also notice some favorite menu items have returned to their local watering hole.
“The menu was created from several variations of other places where I have worked and narrowed down to what sells and tastes good. If you haven’t tried the avocado-poblano ranch dip or Steph’s famous Ray Sauce (named after her late brother) then, man, are you missing out,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn had planned to open on March 5, but with significant community response and support, she decided to open early. The Stock Tank was officially open for business on Feb. 26 for a “soft” opening and a grand opening proceeded on March 5.
“This is the first business we have ever owned and we did it so our children (Whitney, Jordan, Austin, Colton, and Mason) could someday take this business over if that’s what they want to do,” said Vaughn. “We are here to stay and glad to call The Stock Tank Bar and Grill in Conway Springs ours.”

Tiffany and Jesse Vaughn are the owners of The Stock Tank Bar & Grill.