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The Barn Named Finalist In Kansas Restaurant Competition

Posted 4/6/2017

THE Barn in Burrton was recently named a finalist in KANSAS! magazine’s Best Local Eats competition. Co-owner Lesley Matlack said when The Barn first opened 17 months ago, she never would have predicted how popular they’ve become.THE Barn in Burrton was recently named a finalist in KANSAS! magazine’s Best Local Eats competition. Co-owner Lesley Matlack said when The Barn first opened 17 months ago, she never would have predicted how popular they’ve become.BURRTON—Less than a year-and-a-half after its grand opening, The Barn in Burrton has already built up a far-reaching reputation as a unique restaurant serving delicious meals, and that reputation is only growing.

Diners now have the opportunity to show their love for The Barn by voting for it in KANSAS! magazine’s Best Local Eats competition.

In mid-March the magazine released its list of finalists of top local restaurants in the state. The Barn is competing against 52 other Kansas eateries for one of 25 spots in the winter 2017 issue of the magazine.

Co-owner of The Barn, Lesley Matlack, said she is growing accustomed to her restaurant’s popularity and that news of the nomination didn’t come as a huge surprise to her.

“These days nothing surprises me anymore,” she said. “Not that I expected it at all, but I know that our name is getting out there. Our name is traveling across the state, for sure.”

Matlack said she only wants people to vote for her restaurant if they feel it’s truly deserved. She said she doesn’t plan to campaign for the contest.

“I know that everyone has their opinion, and that’s fine,” she said. “Good, bad or ugly, I’ll take it.”

Matlack said she wasn’t sure what effect being featured in the magazine would have on business.

“I don’t know if it will actually draw more people or if they’ll just be like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ve already heard about that,’” she said.

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