Kelly's Westport Inn, cont'd **May be NSFW**
And everything in between! There is so much history here, I learn something new every time I drop in.
George is seated in the middle. George had some medical issues that resulted in amputation of his legs. He said they were sending him to heaven one piece at a time.
George Wiedenmann Sr.'s ashes can be seen in a Ten High bottle above the front bar.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Collections
Michael Leahy worked at Kelly's from 1968-1977. He was a dear friend of the Kelly's and also the executive director of Welcome House, a halfway house for recovering alcoholics.
When Leahy passed away in 2002, Welcome House had his golf shoes bronzed as a tribute to Kelly's for their support of the House. When asked later in life what helped him Leahy replied, "First, my friends, especially the Kelly family, were always there for me, believed in me and never gave up on me. Second, I knew that when I died, I wanted others to remember me as a good person- someone who made a difference."
Leahy's legacy lives on in the countless number of people he helped.
Thomas Hart Benton's Persephone.
Only ten prints were produced. This one in Kelly's and the other nine are locked away in a bank.
Benton declared proudly that his art was better suited to America's bars than to its museums.
Kelly's Westport Inn, cont'd
I noticed one of the tv's was broadcasting the rooftop bar.
There was one lone drunk stumbling about.
"Red" wrapping up a few jell-o shots.
Kelly's Westport Inn is a historical gem. What really makes the experience is the people. Pat, Mitch and Colleen Kelly were on hand to pour drinks and have great conversation with. A few regulars were on hand to add to the experience. When you stop at Kelly's, you are never a stranger.
Rusted Root @ Knuckleheads!
Rusted Root @ Knuckleheads!; cont'd