HAYS, KS --- Expeditions, the restaurant of Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, reopens at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, said Bob St. Peter, the new operator of the restaurant.
The new Expeditions, he said, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Expeditions will open with "a greatly expanded menu," said St. Peter, who is the owner and operator of R & E Enterprises, a restaurant management and consulting company that runs three other Hays restaurants, Golden Ox Steakhouse, Golden Ox Pavilion and Arby's Roast Beef of Hays.
"It really, really addresses the luncheon clientele and the speed of service," he said. "Lunch is tailored to speed -- easy to prepare, easy to put out quickly."
However, he said, the luncheon menu will have a "couple of steaks and a couple of fish" dishes on them for people who are not so constrained on time.
"But mainly," he said, "lunch is geared for speed."
Marvin Pfannenstiel, chef at St. Peter's Golden Ox Pavilion, will also prepare special lunch entrees from Monday through Friday.
Changes in addition to the expanded and streamlined lunch menu include adding a full line of sandwiches, salads, steaks and fish. St. Peter will also be bringing to Expeditions three favorites from the menu at Maxim's, Ray Marefat's popular downtown Hays restaurant during the late '80s and early '90s: chicken curry, chicken tetrazini and chicken a la king.
Sandwiches at the new Expeditions range from a T-rex burger to a Philly beef and Swiss sandwich; fish and seafood include such items as baked pollock, salmon steak and shrimp; steaks go from an 8-oz. hamburger steak or a 10-oz. sirloin at the small end up to a 14-oz. prime rib for the larger appetites, with several different cuts and sizes available in between.