Mad Toppers, Downtown Chillicothe's Newest Restaurant!

by Ben White, Director 6. August 2018 16:11

Main Street Chillicothe welcomes Mad Toppers to our downtown Main Street family.  The restaurant is owned by Mickey and Chrisi Criner.  They have three daughters, Jaime, age 19 who attends college at Northwest Missouri State University;  Madeline, age 17, will be starting her senior year at Chillicothe High School, and Emily, age 11 will be going to Chillicothe Middle School. Mad Toppers is located at 455 Locust Street, Chillicothe, MO, across the street from the library. 
The Criners moved to this area from Flagstaff, Arizona seven years ago to be closer to Mickey’s mother, Sandy Rowland, who had moved from the state of Arizona ahead of Mickey and Chrisi. 
The Criners are “Foodies” and they felt there was a need for good food made from scratch in their area. Never being in the restaurant business, their new venture was the purchase and opening of the Chula Bar and Grill in 2015.  Chrisi stated that learning the business came through trial and error by finding out what worked and what didn’t.  Currently, their Chula business is closed and undergoing renovation but will be reopening around Halloween of this year.
Because of the success of the Chula Bar and Grill, they wanted to expand into the Chillicothe market. When looking at available spaces, they fell in love with the Winkelmeyer Building.  In mid-April of 2018 they started making the building theirs.  Most of the work has been done by Mickey and Chrisi. They had a soft opening on the night of our May 18th wine walk.  The art work on the wall as you enter the inside has been done by the Criner’s two oldest daughters, Jaime and Madeline. They will be able to change out the art work from time to time. When asking Chrisi how they came up with the name Mad Toppers, she stated “we wanted a name that represented our food and we are crazy about our toppings”.   
For the Chillicothe location, Mickey’s and Chrisi’s first thought was to serve pizza only, (home of the 28” pizza) but the demand for serving more of their Chula foods has been great so they are meeting those requests.  On Mondays they will be serving the one half pound hamburger, made to order. Currently they are serving wings with 4 different sauces, which will eventually be part of their buffet, and the Chula tenderloin is soon to be introduced.  In 7-10 days they will be receiving their liquor license. Mickey said they will be serving a wide variety of craft beers.
Mad Toppers will be expanding their hours, Monday – Saturday will be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sundays, 11 a.m. – 12 am. .  
A question was posed  to Mickey asking if a person came to talk to them about wanting to start a restaurant and had no prior experience, what would he say to them?  His response: “Keep family first and don’t overdo yourself.  If you try to do too much early on, you will burn yourself out. Big menus all at once not good.” Crisi added, “Listen to people’s comments and reviews, good or bad," “Should there be a not so favorable comment on their Facebook page, they will talk to their staff, and respond to the customer”.
Main Street Chillicothe welcomes the Criner family and their restaurant, Mad Toppers to Chillicothe, with wishes for much success.


Wine Walk and Concert

by Ben White, Director 6. August 2018 16:10

You asked and Main Street delivered by bringing back the MEMBERS ONLY -THE 80'S TRIBUTE BAND to entertain you.  They are going to compliment our October 5, 2018 wine walk, by performing at our beautiful Silver Moon Plaza stage in downtown Chillicothe. 

Members Only is the nation's premier 80's tribute band playing your favorite classics from the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, Atari, and BIG HAIR!  Members only has been playing regionally since the "Summer of 69" (no wait, 2008) with experienced musicians Brent Thornton on lead vocals, Sam Adkins on bass guitar, Will "The Prodigy" Clark on the keys.  Seth Jaeger and Zach McClease playing guitar, and Justin Gabossi keeping the beat on the drums.  Members only is a high-energy band from Springfield, MO, that is sure to get you in the party mood.

Their high-energy, trademark performance merges an incredible light show with music that spans the decade: Journey, Michael Jackson, Def Leppard, Prince, Bon Jovi, G&R and many more artists.  So put on your party gear, and let these masters of the 80's remind you that the 80's will always live on.

The wine walk begins at 4pm and ticket sales end at 7:30pm. The cost of a ticket is $20.00, and you may purchase advanced tickets by going to or calling the Main Street Office to guarantee your spot on the wine walk.  We have 300 spots available. You may pay over the phone with your debit/credit card or pay for your reservation the night of.  Walkers will receive an engraved wine glass along with a map of the merchants participating in this event.

MEMBERS ONLY will be doing a free concert and performing for three hours.  They begin at 7:30p and will play until 10:30p.  People may reserve priority seating for 8 for the evening by going to, for  $50.00.  Tables are already being reserved with a limited number available.   


It passed!

by Ben White, Director 25. June 2018 13:48

The Historic Preservation Ordinance passed at City Council on June 11! This is a HUGE deal for property owners and the City of Chillicothe. By passing this ordinance, Chillicothe is now eligible for grants through the State Historic Preservation Office for preservation planning, building renovations and more. This ordinance will:

  • Help Increase Property Values
  • Protect Historic Resources
  • Promote Economic Development in Chillicothe
  • Increase Tourism
  • Promote Historic Preservation Ethic
  • Provide Technical Assistance

Thanks for the City of Chillicothe and Downtown building owners for coming together to make this happen!


Farm to Table a Success

by Ben White, Director 25. June 2018 11:11

Main Street Chillicothe, in partnership with the Chillicothe Farmers Market and Uprooted Kitchen, held the second annual Farm-to-Table Awards Banquet Fundraiser on June 22nd on Webster Street in front of Silver Moon Plaza. Guests were treated to an all locally grown meal, catered by Uprooted Kitchen with Silver Moon Plaza serving as the backdrop for a beautiful evening.

Downtown Awards were given to supporters of the organization, businesses that have had a positive impact on downtown Chillicothe and for significant projects. Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you for making downtown Chillicothe a great place to live, work, play, and visit!

Promotions- Jersey's Sports Bar and Grill 

Economic Vitality- Lea Anderson, The Sip

Design- Beth Weidner, Weeds Greenhouse


  • Downtown Supporter- City of Chillicothe
  • Contributing Business- Uprooted Kitchen
  • Volunteer of the Year- Ed Robertson

Cooperative Spirit Award- Chuck Haney


Wine Walk

by Ben White, Director 9. May 2018 14:49

Main Street Chillicothe and Chillicothe Area Arts Council have planned an exciting evening starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.  This annual event starts in front of the Commerce Building at 514 Washington Street where you can purchase a beautifully engraved Main Street wine glass for $20.00.  You can register ahead of time on line and we will check your name off when you arrive. People can also call the Main Street office at 660-646-4071 to register.
Sixteen downtown merchants are participating in this year’s event.  A map will be provided to guide you to those businesses. The merchants also provide a food item that pairs with the wine they will be serving.  Merchants participating are:   Country Corner Craft and Antique Mall; Madison Avenue; Friends; Cliftons; Lauhoff Jewelry; The Sip; Sensenich Jeweler; Hometown Health Mart; Hometown Pharmacy; Beemers; Robertson Insurance; Cultural Corner and Art Guild; Coconut Grove; and the Mad Toppers. 
The wine walk runs until 8 p.m.  At 7:30p Abbey Road Warriors will be playing your enjoyment in our downtown Silver Moon Plaza.  This is a Beatles Tribute band that plays all of your favorite Beatles music.  They are a tribute band and not a look-a-like.  The band comes to us from St. Louis, MO.  They will be playing until 9:30p.  Jersey’s Sports Grill will be on hand in Silver Moon Plaza with a cash bar.  Hy-Vee will have their grill fired up. The concert is a free concert.  Should the weather not be cooperative, the backup site will be moved to Celebrations at the bowling alley.
People participating in the wine walk must be 21 years of age.


Great America Main Street Award Semi-Finalist

by Ben White, Director 20. September 2017 13:46

We are a semi-finalist for a national award! The Great America Main Street Award promotes and recognizes communities that have done an exceptional job in promoting downtown as a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It is because of Main Street Chillicothe's sponsors, partners, and stakeholders that this is even possible. This is exciting news for the community! Check out below what Main Street America wrote about our community and be sure to tune in next March to see if we are a winner!


Main Street Chillicothe (Chillicothe, MO) is a 2018 Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist!

Chillicothe, nestled in the green, rolling hills of Northern Missouri, is a vibrant community brimming with small town hospitality and charm—as well as all the amenities and conveniences of a larger locale. Did we also mention that it was the first city in the world to offer commercially sliced bread to the public in 1928?

Main Street Chillicothe attributes its many successes to strong partnerships with local government, the business sector, and community stakeholders. For example, Main Street partnered with the Chillicothe Farmers Market on Sliced Bread Saturday to help educate and promote residents of the importance of using local, fresh goods. And thanks to an award-winning retail incubator, Main Street Holiday House, a once blighted area of downtown has been transformed into a hub of commerce and activity.


Main Street Building

by Ben White, Director 25. July 2017 15:25
It's completed! A huge shout out to Copeland Development and Kelly Poling of Original Arrtwork by Kelly for fixing the outside wall and bringing the Graham's Mill mural back to life. What a great entrance into downtown!


Main Street Building

by Ben White, Director 25. July 2017 15:25
It's completed! A huge shout out to Copeland Development and Kelly Poling of Original Arrtwork by Kelly for fixing the outside wall and bringing the Graham's Mill mural back to life. What a great entrance into downtown!


Historic Preservation Ordinance

by Ben White, Director 25. April 2017 13:39

Main Street Chillicothe is working with the City of Chillicothe to consider the approval of a Historic Preservation Ordinance and we would like your feedback! The Historic Preservation Ordinance promotes the protection and preservation of historic buildings and gives building owners technical and financial resources to use when planning restoration work. Here are some additional benefits:

·         -Legal Protection for Historic Buildings

·         -Increased Property and Resale Value

·         -Eligibility for Preservation Tax and Grant Incentives

·         -Local Job Creation

·         -Increased Tourism Revenue

·         -Promotion of Community Revitalization and Economic Development

·         -Better Quality of Life


Attached below you will find the full proposed ordinance. Please let us know your thoughts on this matter!

Draft Chillicothe Preservation Ordinance 11-13-17.doc (110.50 kb)


Main Street Purchases Building

by Ben White, Director 3. November 2016 11:35

The building located at 504 Washington as one enters the downtown area from the south has recently been purchased by the Livingston County Community Development Corporation (Main Street Chillicothe).

Thanks to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Main Street Chillicothe was awarded $117,827 in 70 percent Missouri Tax Credits to help generate $168,325 in project dollars. “With the help of these funds and our community members purchasing the tax credits, Main Street Chillicothe has purchased the building and plans to renovate the building located at 504 Washington Street in historic downtown Chillicothe,” said Main Street Chillicothe Director Micah Landes. The wall, which faces Clay Street and once had a colorful mural featuring Graham’s Mill Bridge, will be secured and a mural will be painted once again on this wall. The total project cost is projected to be $216,470.

The project will be a lot exterior renovation focusing on physical revitalization, Landes said. Main Street’s economic motivation for this project is to prevent one building’s unchecked deterioration from moving building by building down the block in a domino fashion. This domino effect could potentially threaten the other seven building owners on the block, Landes said.

The renovation of the building, with some support from NAP credits, will concentrate on the exterior of the structure with repairs to the south outside wall, roof and rear of the building. Repairs to the south wall included removal of existing plaster, tuck pointing, reapplication of a cement based stucco material, repair of a brick column, and framing of the west end of the wall allowing installation of dense glass sheathing. Steel doors will be installed to replace plywood doors at the rear of the building. Roof repairs will included installation of heat welded modified bitumen membrane along the entire south wall and placement of new flashing on the top of the wall (parapet). The roof will be inspected for leaks and those areas will be repaired. The west lower roof section will be removed and replaced with a new roof system including roof insulation. Non-NAP funds will be used to install a new mural to the south exterior wall to replace the mural removed in 2012. Non-NAP funds will also be used to update the downstairs retail space and the upstairs apartment to prepare them for lease.

After renovation, the top floor will be used as a residential rental apartment and the bottom floor as rental retail. The building is two stories in height, has a 20-foot storefront width and is 112-feet long. The second story has a spacious two-bedroom 2,000 square-foot apartment with front and rear access. The street level retail space is 20 by 112-feet (2,240 square feet) with street level and rear alley access.

“Both uses will fill a need in the local community and provide income to sustain Main Street Chillicothe activities,” Landes said. “Main Street Chillicothe has been working on this project since 2013 and thanks to the perseverance of the board, staff, Community Fund Works and realtor Ed Turner the project is coming in to fruition,” Landes added. Renovations will start in the coming weeks and an open house is planned for spring 2017.


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