QUINCY — Six years ago, Michael Bayles was bored.
The Knox City, Mo., native had been retired for six years after having spent the majority of his earlier years working for a company that required him to travel extensively.
Fast forward to 2019, and Bayles says he is no longer bored. Since 2013, Bayles and his wife, Kathryn Goltz, have been co-owners of BoodaLu MuddyDog Steakhouse in Quincy. The husband and wife team are hosting an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the private dining room of the restaurant located at 117 Hampshire.
Patrons of the restaurant are invited to attend the open house, which will offer hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Reservations for the open house are not required.
In addition, Bayles said he and his wife will donate $5,000 to the Quincy Humane Society and the Northeast Missouri Humane Society in Hannibal, Mo.
“We just appreciate what they do to take care of the furbabies who can’t take care of themselves,” Bayles said.
Bayles said he hopes the event will be a celebration of the couple’s love for animals but also a celebration of BoodaLu’s anniversary. Bayles said this anniversary is especially notable because many restaurants don’t survive for more than three years.
“That’s something to celebrate,” Bayles said.
The two-story eatery opened on Hampshire Street in the former location of Jorge The Crook’s restaurant following an extensive remodeling of the building. The work — which included the installation of an elevator — was necessary, Bayles said, to make the building accessible to everyone.
The couple decided to name the restaurant after their beloved canine companions, Booda and Lulu, who were both border collies.
Since their opening nearly six years ago, Bayles says he has come to relish many memories of his time as a restaurateur in Quincy.
“You meet a lot of people,” Bayles said. “You have your regulars, but there is also no, or very little predictability. You’re always challenged each day in this business.”