I'm new to this site and I think it's awesome. I came across the Kansas City fried chicken topic and noticed there were a few folks who mentioned Boots and Coates as a place in KC that did fried chicken up right.
Oddly enough, my uncle was Boots brother and I used to go in there quite a lot as a kid. Any time I would fake being sick as a kid, my Aunt would come pick me ups since my folks worked and take me on her errands for the day which typically included a bowling league at Ward Parkway Lanes and a follow up trip to see family at the Boots and Coates.
Anyway, I talked to my Aunt today and "Chicken Betty" (the head chef who originally came from Strouds) has passed away. My Aunt wasn't sure what she did immediately after B&C closed but that my unlce's brother was fortunate enough to get the recipe before she passed.......that said, my Aunt doesn't know it although I asked her to check.
B&C decided to close its doors when they were offered a lot of money for the land. I guess the purchaser of the land was the guy who owned Van Chevrolet, hence the reason for all the car lots there now.
Boots is 87 now and still lives in south KC.
I'm not sure that this post deserved it's own topic but I thought since there were a few folks asking about it I would start one so the reply wouldn't be buried.
My Aunt was pleased to hear that people still mention it and was going to call Boots to let him know.
Cheers to everyone!