Buckskin Bar and Grill welcomes new chef

Over the years, the Buckskin Bar and Grill has established itself as a well-known restaurant.

By Andrew Frost

Special to Dunn County Herald

 Posted Sept. 7, 2012

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Pratt, Kansas, native Jared Shafer has been hired on as the head Chef at the Buckskin Bar and Grill in Killdeer. Shafer graduated in the top 15 in his class at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Over the years, the Buckskin Bar and Grill has established itself as a well-known restaurant. Owner Eric Kehr has updated the façade, much of the interior of the restaurant and has renovated the dance hall area. Another important update has been the addition of Chef Jared Shafer.

“I was working down in Galveston, Texas, and Eric and I started talking about his restaurant in Killdeer,” Shafer said. He went on to say that over a period of time, Kehr convinced Shafer to come to the Buckskin.

Shafer graduated in top 15 of his class from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., and has many years of experience working in restaurants.

“I’ve worked all up and down the east coast… I’ve worked everywhere from mom and pop greasy spoons to three star restaurants,” said Shafer.

Shafer is originally from Pratt, Kansas, and has recently relocated here with his wife and two sons.

Shafer says his time in Killdeer has been good. He grew up around ranching and farming, and coming to a place like Killdeer was “almost like going home.” In addition to enjoying his position at the Buckskin, he also wanted his children to attend a better school district than the one offered in his town in Texas.

Buckskin owner Eric Kehr said that Shafer is “very efficient.” Kehr said Shafer’s efficiency may allow him to be able to lower menu prices and still produce high quality food.


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