Bob Lux is no outlaw but he owns an astonishing restaurant called the Outlaw Pizza, standing on the legendary site where famous outlaws like Jesse James and Kid Wade stayed.
The Outlaw Pizza features its specialty called the Six Shooter Pizza containing scrumptious toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, beef, mushroom, onion and black olive.
For other outlaw inspired pizza options, they have an all meat “Gunslinger Pizza,” vegetarian “Drifter Pizza,” pepperoni-filled “Swindler Pizza,” “Desperado Pizza” with its beef, black olive and onions, and of course, they also have “The Outlaw,” consisting of pepperoni, beef and bacon.
On side orders, burgers, wraps, and melts are available but the Jalapeño Cheese Sticks are the most popular and the most mouth-watering, layered with cream cheese, peppers and 3-cheese pizza blend and baked into goodness.
"The cheese sticks have been popular, as have our full line of chicken pizzas," Lux said.
At 48, Bob Lux found his business from scratch as a result of his employment loss. After 23 loyal years in the rent-to-own job, a year of job search, he finally decided to put up his own business.
"People thought I was crazy because, No. 1, I was going into the food business, No. 2, it was in a small town." Lux said.
So far, business is good to him as customers continue to come back and locals become extremely loyal within those 3 pie making years. The Ponca State Park has also helped in the continuous growth of the business.
"I had a friend tell me the other day that he saw 'park people,'" Lux said.
Ponca State Park attracted 850,000 visitors last year and continues to increase every year through its cabins, golf courses, and $5 million Missouri National Recreational River Resource & Education Center.
"If they come here with any questions about the park, I give them all the information I have. The fuller the park gets, the fuller I get. Having park visitors here in town is like the icing on the cake." Lux indicated.
Seems like the job loss was a blessing in disguise for Bob Lux as it not only helped him financially but it has helped him grow as a business man, making his own decisions and having no bosses. "I love making my own decisions with the business," he said. "I've always wanted to do something like this," he continued.
The down side in his new venture is the fact that it was time consuming, requiring him to be there seven days a week."If I'm not here, I'm probably shopping for the groceries it takes to run this place," Lux said.
Though the Outlaw Pizza isn’t as old as the histories of the place, this pizza parlor seems to create its own legend as part of the outlaw trail experience!