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Sharky’s Fort Scott
History of Sharky’s
As stories go…There’s a middle, then there was the before and now the now… How we get to here, is what makes the world go ’round… Even here in Ft. Scott Kansas…It’s kinda like your Grandpa tellin you about the one that got away. So who better then to start this great “Fish Tale” of sorts with…Then a Bourbon County legend, the late, Great, John Emerson”Poppa Lockwood”
Now understand that John Emerson started in the restaurant business in the roaring, but very dry 1920’s…You see his dad, Charlie H. Lockwood, had Bourbon county’s very 1st Hamburger stand. It was these Happy Day’s working for his dear ol’ Dad, that inspired our “Poppa”, to open “Lockwood’s”, after WWII (where the current VFW is today)…Besides operating an occasional Honky Tonk or Diner on the side, while serving Bootlegger’s and their Juide…And allegedly Bonnie & Clyde… It eventually led to “Lockwood’s Steak House”… a well known Bourbon Co. favorite, until his passing in 1972. In fact, John Emerson was frying chicken, way before Annie, Mary, or the Colonel.
And skip the middle and go straight to the “now”. In the beautiful land of the Ozarks is where the current folks found the meaning of hard work and dedication to one another pays off….They spent some time in the big city and made MANY of dear friends that they will NEVER forget about (as they taught them all they know). After having a few little guppies of their own they decided that Green Acres is the place to be….So with the help of Mammie & Poppa, south bound this ship sailed.
Many thanks to friends & family who got us here. Much Love
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