A new manager with new ideas added a special twist to Valentine's Day dinner options in St. John.

For the first time in its history, Squeak’s Club, Inc. at 414 South Broadway in St. John is featuring a Valentine’s Day Dinner for its members.
Squeak’s is operated by Toni and Rick Stimatze who took it over after their son Shane, who started the business in 2012, was killed in a mower accident west of his home on August 12, 2017 at the age of 42.
“Shane always had a vision for Squeak’s,” Toni said of her son. “But he died too soon to see it bloom into its full potential.”
One of Shane’s good friends, Jerry Munden, approached Toni and Rick a few months ago and said he would like to take over the management.
“We hired Jerry even though he had a sales background and no food service experience,” Toni said. “We liked his ideas and his enthusiasm. In fact, the Valentine Dinner was one of his ideas. We’re very excited about it.”
Toni has arranged for Leah Chrissman of St. John to come in Thursday afternoon to decorate and give Squeak’s Club a romantic atmosphere.
A menu of favorite dishes will be served, starting with shrimp cocktail appetizers.
The main course will be a choice of prime rib or brisket with sides of cheesy potato casserole, Texas toast, and vegetable choices of honey-gingered carrots, corn or green beans.
Diners will be served a “strawberry delight” dessert and coffee or tea will be included in the meal.
Reservations are required, according to Toni, who said serving will start at 5 p.m. and continue to 9 p.m., although the club will be open until 2 a.m. for socializing.
Tickets for the Valentines Dinner are $25 person. Memberships at $25.00 are available by calling Squeak’s, phone 620-549620-3390.
Squeak’s is also open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays.
The Jake Gill Band will perform this Saturday night.
On New Year’s Eve, Squeak’s Club featured Tammy Thimesch and the Fiddlin’ Round Band based out of Pratt with Derek Staub of St. John as guitarist and vocalist.
Here’s a bit of trivia about how “Squeak’s” got its name: It was Shane’s nickname, stemming from the fact that his asthma caused him to squeak sometimes when he spoke.
“We want to be the destination place in South Central Kansas for a Saturday evening out with friends and we also recommend parties bring along a ‘designated driver,’” Toni said. “Else, we will provide one for you.”
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