Barto’s Idle Hour

201 Santa Fe St, Frontenac, KS 66763, USA

Ray Barto opened Barto’s Idle Hour in the early 1950’s to satisfy the need for what he deemed “a place to provide weekend entertainment.” Barto’s signature was the plethora of polka bands that performed there every Friday and Saturday night. In 1965, Ray opened a chicken restaurant right next door to the bar despite the presence of three other established chicken restaurants in the county– Chicken Annie’s, Chicken Mary’s and Gephardt’s. The popularity of the place grew because it offered a little of something for everyone — food from the descendants found in Frontenac including the strong Italian presence, German and Slavic influence, polka music, and a social spot for all ages. A variety of local polka musicians continue to perform live every Friday and Saturday night.


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