The Golden Ox (1600 Genessee Street, #100) opened its doors in 1949. And this Saturday, December 20, it will close them for the final time.
The venerable steakhouse began in what was then known as the Stockyards District. It was a place where ranchers and farmers could sit down to enjoy a steak — the symbol of the cattle industry that powered the West Bottoms. Over time, the steakhouse became an homage to its patrons and the allure of life on the ranch. A mural depicting the wide open spaces arrived behind the bar a decade after the Golden Ox opened and oxen yoke dotted the walls.
If you’ve never been, go for lunch. Let yourself sink into the leather and dark wood and just for a moment consider a career as a cattle rustler. Then remember you’re a fine upstanding citizen with a line of credit and use some of that to order the prime rib sandwich.
After that all you have to do is wait for a slab of slightly pink prime rib to arrive — the sandwich open-faced to let you know that the meat is why you’re here at the Golden Ox. Pick up your fork and knife and dredge bread and steak through the salty au jus.
How will you say so long to the Golden Ox?