By Samantha Edmunton
Lake Sun Leader
Osage Beach - The words that line the back of the poolside
menu at the Poop Deck have brought smiles to patrons
faces for more than 30 years:
"The Clown is the result of a poor man’s search for a tax
deduction. The idea of a floating restaurant was given to
us by that eminent artist, Allego Bum (currently doing 20
years in Sing Sing for bum steering). The clown seats
60,000 people, 60 at a time”
|The Clown to sail off into history
Lake's original floating restaurant
will close after 46 years
|Topsider still has great eats.
The Poop Decks multi-level decks with a swimming pool offer a family fun atmosphere with reasonably
priced food & hand crafted specialty frozen drinks.
Nearly 60,000 people per year have enjoyed salads, sandwiches, ice cream and the legendary
leprechaun baskets at the Clown since it opened in 1960. However, after 46 years, the lake’s original
floating restaurant is closing its doors. The owners of The Clown, Poop Deck and Topsider for 32
years, Kym and Dick Ebling, said the lake’s growing boat traffic has contributed to their decision to
"A business floating on the water simply isn’t good business sense (any more),” Kym said. "It helped
us create everything else (Poop Deck and Topsider).”
The Eblings share in those memories, as well as other aspects of The Clown that have sustained its
quality over the years.
"We no longer require waitresses to wear swimsuits, but back in the day, a bikini was the required
uniform, and of course we will make sure we have plenty of leprechaun baskets available,” Kym said.
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