About The J. Huston Tavern

Step back in time to Arrow Rock’s frontier heyday when you dine at the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The tavern was built in 1834 by Joseph Huston, Sr., an early Arrow Rock settler and civic leader from Virginia. Built as a four-room, two-story brick structure with a summer kitchen, it was originally the Huston family home. Thousands of immigrants heading west passed by the tavern and Huston began offering lodging and meals to travelers and local citizens.

By the mid-19th century, a mercantile store and ballroom had been added, followed by a large dining room and modern kitchen in 1955. Visitors today can enjoy a drink in the mercantile store, otherwise known as the Tap Room and dine in one of three dining rooms: The Sappington Parlor, the Huston Room and the Bingham Room. Diners are welcome to explore the museum spaces in the building to see firsthand how the Huston family and their customers lived during the 1800s.

The tavern is the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River with more than 180 years of continuous service to the public. It is the centerpiece of Arrow Rock State Historic Site and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Our Staff

Meet Our General Manager

Karen Avery Miller is an Arrow Rock resident. She brings many years of business management experience and a passion for Arrow Rock history to her role as general manager. Karen is also a talented artist and a renowned expert in genealogy.

Our Staff

Meet Our Kitchen Manager

Janet Carmack earned a devoted following for the excellent food and friendly service she provided at her II Palms restaurant in Boonesboro. She has a flair for country cooking, and we're delighted she'll be bringing her "Best in Missouri" pork tenderloin sandwich to the Tavern menu!

A New Partnership

Arrow Rock’s J. Huston Tavern, reputed to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi, will begin a new chapter in its storied history when the Friends of Arrow Rock takes over the operation in January.

Under the terms of a cooperative agreement with Missouri State Parks, Friends of Arrow Rock Inc. will manage the J. Huston Tavern beginning Jan. 1, 2109. The organization anticipates opening the restaurant for the 2019 season in March.

The Friends of Arrow Rock was established in 1959, with dual missions of preservation and history education in the National Historic Landmark village of Arrow Rock. The organization currently owns and maintains 13 historic properties in the town and entertains and educates thousands of visitors each year through tours, workshops, school programs, lectures and events.

“Our organization is deeply committed to the preservation of Arrow Rock's historic treasures and certainly the Huston Tavern is no exception,” says Chet Breitwieser, vice president of Friends of Arrow Rock. “Members of our board of trustees were united in their strong desire to keep the Huston Tavern operating in addition to expanding hours, offerings and hospitality.”

The J. Huston Tavern was established in 1834 to provide food and lodging for travelers along the Santa Fe Trail, and has continued to operate ever since.

The Tavern has special meaning for Friends of Arrow Rock. The organization was founded during a statewide meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution on June 14, 1959 ⸺ a meeting that took place at the J. Huston Tavern.

Join Our Team!

The J. Huston Tavern is looking for personable, professional, hardworking individuals to join our team. We have jobs open for servers and kitchen staff. Stop by the Friends of Arrow Rock office at 310 Main Street, or complete and return our downloadable application to PO Box 32, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

Attitude is more important to us than experience. If you have the service-minded spirit we're looking for, we'll train you to be successful in your job.