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Lipe opens Sharky's Pub and Grub in former Rusty's location

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A new restaurant is now open for business. Sharky's Pub and Grub is located in the building that formerly housed Rusty's.
(Jason Silvers/Tribune)
Dave Lipe is bringing his knowledge of the restaurant industry and his experiences over the years back to his hometown.

Lipe, who grew up in Fort Scott and most recently lived in Kansas City, is the owner of Sharky's Pub and Grub, a restaurant and bar that recently opened in a building located at 16 N. National Ave.

The building previously housed Rusty's Sports Bar and Grill, an enterprise owned by Rusty Felt that operated for several years before closing late last month. Lipe said he purchased the business and building from Felt.

Lipe said he plans to continue operating the establishment as a sports bar and grill, but his business will have a "shark" theme -- complete with a large plastic shark above the bar and other images of sharks throughout the restaurant, as well as a planned aquarium behind the bar -- and other differences from the previous eatery including design changes and a unique themed menu.

"I want to create a different atmosphere, where you feel like you're walking off the beach," he said. "In a small town, you don't walk into these types of places every day."

Sharky's will be place where families can enjoy lunch or dinner during the day, but will become more of an establishment geared toward adults late at night. Some entertainment, such as live music and disc jockeys, will be provided during the late night hours, Lipe said.

Lipe said he had wanted to move his family back to Fort Scott and open a local business for some time and saw the purchase of the former Rusty's building as a perfect opportunity.

He said the deal to buy the building took about a year to complete.

Most of Rusty's staff, as well as a few new employees, have been hired to work at the establishment, Lipe said.

"We want to create some jobs here," he said.

Although the business' hours have not been officially set yet, Lipe said the current plan is to operate Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. the following day. Lipe said he also plans to keep the kitchen open late each night. He said the grill and pub are officially open to the public.

Not only is he the owner of the business, Lipe said he expects to be on hand to help each day throughout the restaurant, working in the kitchen or behind the bar, and wherever else he is needed.

Lipe, along with electricians and other workers, was inside the business Tuesday morning, working to make repairs and final adjustments to prepare it for its opening that afternoon.

Lipe grew up in Fort Scott, attending local schools and graduating from Fort Scott High School in 1991. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1997. He has owned bars in Manhattan and Lawrence and said he is still part-owner of a pub in Kansas City.

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get those police band radios charged up, folks

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 3:02 PM

Dont sound any different than before.

-- Posted by snakecharmer on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 9:57 AM

It was nice to be able to walk into a place at 10:00pm after Fort Scott Idol and order some great, hot food. A huge menu and decent prices. I think this place is a winner! Loved the food and the new feel in the atmosphere. Wish them the very best of luck!

-- Posted by FSCitizen on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 2:07 PM

A lot of hard work for sure! Keep it up. The Lipe family is doing GREAT.

-- Posted by ActiveOne on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 8:18 AM

The only thing I have to comment on is that we ate there and they need to use seasoning on their burgers

-- Posted by ksgirl1957 on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 8:34 AM

Good Luck Sharky's hope you are able to stay a while.

-- Posted by MyVoiceCounts on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 9:54 PM

Glad Rustys is gone they didnt run a very good business, treated customers like crap.

-- Posted by SLap SHOt on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 12:21 PM

Have eaten there twice and it's great! Loved the fact that they carded and enforced a dress code for their late night DJ crowd Saturday.

-- Posted by GrowFS on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 7:38 AM

Welcome Home & welcome to downtown Fort Scott, David!

We look forward to enjoying Sharky's!

-- Posted by Fort Scott Friend on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 8:17 AM

Ate there today and menu is great and food was okay but it took AN HOUR AND A HALF to get served!!

-- Posted by FortScottie on Fri, Jun 17, 2011, at 2:02 PM

All I have heard is good things about the place.

-- Posted by SLap SHOt on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 5:46 AM

Sharky's is a positive addition to the community of Fort Scott. A mere resturant/bar, with new owners, and a face lift, doesn't make it so. People of character, David and Tina Lipe do. They have a comittment to customer service,community,and people that is seldom experienced these days.How appropriate, that we celebrate "The Good Old Days" here in Fort Scott, and people with that spirit come here to start a new life. I welcome David and Tina and their family to Fort Scott, and wish them success, and happiness........

-- Posted by Marlan on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 12:53 AM

Amazing place for food and great atmosphere. Manager at the Fort Scott Inn and suggest this place to many customers coming in and they all thank me for suggesting Sharkey's due to the food and the workers and the entertainment on the weekends. I must admit I go about 3 times a week and the owners Dave and Tina are very nice. They are doing a great job with this business and hope the best for them. Thanks

-- Posted by zander5888 on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 10:35 PM

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