Family Vows To Keep Old School Soul Food On Menu After Kansas City, Kansas Diner Owner Passes By | KCUR 89.3


They come from Johnson County, Kansas, north of the Missouri River, and out of state from this humble restaurant on Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas, in search of its authentic and plentiful food, for a reasonable price. .

“When looking for real old school soul food, you have to go to Ms. R’s Café in Kansas City,” a customer from North Dakota wrote on Ms. R’s Facebook page. have had the best black-eyed peas of my life and quite possibly the best baked chicken and dressing of my life. Luke had bones in his neck. Pizi had a barbecued turkey leg. Just omg.

Ruth Etta Scover, or “Ms. R,” as she was called, passed away on September 4, 2021 at the age of 64. She owned and operated Ms. R’s for 37 years, but she was also beloved in the community. for her warmth, generosity, mentorship and bubbly personality.

Rosette Scover, 41, the youngest of three Scover children, says her brother, Eddie, has been running the restaurant for the year and will continue to do so.

“The restaurant will remain as it was,” said Scover. “We stay where we are, no changes to the menu or whatever.”

If she wasn’t in the kitchen, Ruth Etta Scover would stand above one of the few tables in the dark but intimate space, checking in with her regulars and welcoming new arrivals.

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Ruth Scover’s family plan to keep her iconic restaurant open.

In an interview with KCUR in 2019, Scover, never one to brag, said she was always surprised when she received thank you notes for being a pillar of the community from people she didn’t know. not.

“I try to keep my prices low so that (my food) is affordable,” she said. “People always know they can go out and have a good meal here.”

She kept Ms R’s open over Christmas and offered a free dinner to anyone who stopped by.

She mentored young people and was always available to provide advice, encouragement or a helping hand as part of her continued interest in reversing economic decline along the spine of northeastern Kansas City, Kansas.

“I would like to see more businesses come to Quindaro Boulevard,” she said. “They arrive, but they take their time.

Gary Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Pizza and Grill, 1801 Quindaro Blvd., said he and Ms. R frequently share stories as fellow business owners and friends.

“I would go over there and eat with her,” Wilson said. “She was just a lovely woman, always nice to everyone.”

Former Kansas City, Kansas City Councilor and retired businessman Chester Owens got to know Scover through decades of visits to Ms. R’s for her favorite dishes.

“I love the liver and onions and hers tasted so good!” he said. “(Ms. R’s) was a place where you could get good quality food and great service, and she made people want to come back.”

Owens said Scover always had a family member by his side, teaching them how to duplicate his recipes or keep the books.

“Ms. Les R’s will stay because she’s had her kids by her side for years, and you know she had a system,” he said.

Scover attended Westport High School in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Kansas City, Kansas, Area Vocational School to learn business skills. Over the years, she has received accolades and awards, not only for her food, but for her service to the community, many of which are displayed on the walls and counters of the restaurant.

Rosette Scover says that as the only daughter and the youngest of the three Scover children, much of the responsibility for moving forward fell on her shoulders.

But she says she and her brothers share a commitment to keeping their mother’s legacy alive, not just through her cooking, but as a reminder that northeast Kansas City, Kansas not only has a past. rich, but a bright future.

“My mom was so trustworthy in this community not just for her service, but as a second mom, or aunt, to so many people who didn’t have that,” she said. “She was just a very positive person until the day she passed away.”

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