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Ad Astra Food and Drink will reopen next weekend

The new owners of Ad Astra Food & Drink will re-open the restaurant on Nov. 13.
The new owners of Ad Astra Food & Drink will re-open the restaurant on Nov. 13. Courtesy photo

Ad Astra Food and Drink, the popular Flint Hills restaurant that closed in August will re-open next weekend, starting on Nov. 13, with a reservation-only event.

The new owners of the Strong City restaurant are inviting people to come to a party where they will serve appetizers from the menu and will have a cash bar. There are three time slots, and the 6 to 8 p.m. is already sold out. Tickets still are available for the 4 to 6 p.m. slot and for the 8 to 10 p.m. slot. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. The restaurant will officially resume on Nov. 14, and its hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Gwen Shirkey, one of the several partners who took over the restaurant from Amanda Hague, said that most of Ad Astra’s popular dishes will remain on the menu, including the Brussels sprouts, Ad Astra chips, fried pickles and rib-eye. They’ll also offer nightly specials and will add a few new dishes and more charcuterie plates and may start offering theme nights, where they serve Italian, Latin or other types of cuisine.

The interior is mostly unchanged, Shirkey said, but they’ve added some seating in the front of the restaurant where people can wait for tables. Shirkey encourages those who want to make reservations for Nov. 14 and beyond to visit Ad Astra’s Facebook page and use the “book now” button at the top of the page.

For tickets to opening night or to make a reservation, call 620-273-8440 or stop by 318 Cottonwood St. in Strong City.

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