Our Story

Welcome Message from Bill Kunz, Owner

H ighway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen was conceived during a trip on Highway 61 between St. Louis and New Orleans. This stretch is called “The Blues Highway”.  It originates in the agriculturally and culturally fertile land of the Mississippi Delta; it is said that American music, as we know it, traveled and developed up the river.  From the Zydeco and Jazz of New Orleans to the Urban Blues of Memphis’ Beale Street to the piano based St. Louis Blues, great music has spanned this route.   The combination of the rhythmic sounds of slaves and their instruments of the new world gave America its roots of unique musical styles that have topped the charts and soothed souls for centuries.

T he various cultures that created such distinctive and world-renowned music had other influences as well.  The food of this section of Highway 61 brings us the savory tastes and complex flavors that American’s hearts and palates have fallen in love with.  No one can resist the spicy étouffée or jambalaya from the Cajun and Creole kings of New Orleans.  The Delta brings us items like cornmeal breaded catfish, hot tamales and sweet potatoes.   As this culinary journey continues to Memphis, you will find mounds of slow smoked pulled pork and racks of seasoned dry rubbed ribs.  St. Louis, whose contributions include pork steaks, toasted ravioli and what was initially a mistake that has turned into one of the area’s most loved desserts, gooey butter cake.   These are just a few examples of the fine foods this rich region has contributed to America’s gastronomic lore.   We hope we have included some of your favorites on our menu and if you have a suggestion please let us know.

W e hope you enjoy our “Southern Roadhouse Hospitality” along with the food and music that we have selected from this section of Highway 61.  Whether it’s the great seafood and spicy Cajun foods along with Jazz and Zydeco from Louisiana, the soulful cooking and Blues from the Mississippi Delta, the Rockabilly of the Sun label as well as the Soulful sounds of the Stax and Hi labels as well as the mouth watering barbecue made so famous in Memphis, or, of course, our hometown greats Chuck Berry, Fontella Bass, and Ike and Tina Turner, and a mouth watering pork steak and gooey butter cake.  We promise to bring you the best in food and music that these areas have to offer.

Laissez le bon temps roulez, “Let the good times roll”

Bill Kunz, Owner

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