The landmark Golden Ox steakhouse, located adjacent to the Livestock Exchange Building in Kansas City’s West Bottoms, was damaged by fire Monday afternoon. Grease in the vent above the kitchen grill caught fire, sending flames through the eight-story Livestock Exchange Building’s ventilation system.
Employees and customers were evacuated and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. No structural damage to the building was reported, but smoke damaged the restaurant’s kitchen. The Golden Ox is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month, and co-owner Bill Teel said he expects to re-open the restaurant this week after rebuilding the ventilation system.
The Golden Ox was founded by the late Jay Dillingham, former president and chairman of the board of the Kansas City Stockyards Company from 1948 to 1975.