There have been good times and bad since the dusty days of 1896. Several restaurant owners that have kept the stockyards theme alive and way too many steaks served up hot on a platter to count.
The South Side’s Hoof & Horn restaurant has literally served millions of steaks, beers and baked potatoes in the last 120 years. Now, a new owner is wanting to capture the rich heritage of the past while adding a few new items.
Restaurateur and co-owner Austin Stock has reopened the restaurant after a change of ownership and a previous fire that gutted the building on Illinois Avenue.
“The other owners had the building, and they were looking for someone to run it, and they found me, and I thought it was a great opportunity,” Stock said. “I knew the heritage and the history of the Hoof & Horn. The kitchen was in a little rough shape, so we decided to do a complete overhaul of the kitchen. New plumbing, new floors and all new electrical.”
Stock has tried to return the dining areas to a period look from the early days of “The Hoof” by adding trophy animals to the walls and accenting with pictures of the once-booming stockyards and packing houses. The business has also brought back some old menu favorites, Stock said.
“I tried to leave a lot of the steak options on the menu, but we got rid of a lot of the fried food from the old menu,” he said. “I also brought in a lot of new items from other venues I have worked at. We have the spinach salad, daily prime rib, we’re doing a chicken-fried chicken. We also have some new salads — salmon & brie salad and steakhouse salad. “
The Hoof & Horn is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday evenings, reservations are recommended.