Merlyn Vandervort began his Restaurateur endeavors in 1999; when he first founded the World Famous; Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at the Lake of the Ozarks. His restaurant endeavors expanded to include another sports bar and a night club in the Horny Toad Complex, as well as a dueling piano bar on Business Hwy 54 in Lake Ozark. In 2010, Merlyn founded Rumors Steakhouse in Lee's Summit Missouri.

Rumors Steakhouse

Rumors Steakhouse in Lee’s Summit Missouri; is destined to be one of Kansas City’s finest restaurants! World class cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Stephan Haney and his culinary staff that is guaranteed to please any pallet. Rumors Steakhouse isn’t your typical restaurant; it’s a cross between a fine dining steakhouse, and an upscale and happening sports bar. The atmosphere is extremely comfortable; from the moment you walk in the front door, you know you are at the right place. Numerous fireplaces & water features throughout; even a fountain with a blazing torch on one of the outer patios makes the atmosphere the perfect ambiance for any occasion. A separated outdoor patio bar is afavored addition for Rumors patrons, and provides a great place to relax and enjoy the open air in allseasons.


Horny Toad Entertainment Complex

The “World Famous Horny Toad Entertainment Complex” at the Lake of the Ozarks; like no other place in the country. The thirty thousand square foot mega complex houses two restaurants, a night club, an apparel shop, convenience store, and full service marina. The Horny Toads outdoor amphitheatre has hosted some of the greatest bands of all time; legendary bands and musicians such as; Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, REO Speed Wagon, Steve Miller Band, Styx, Randy Travis, Unkle Kracker, Bret Michaels, and the Little River Band to name a few! Don’t let the name fool you though; the Horny Toad restaurant earned its reputation of having a long history of providing the highest quality food money can buy. Great service and an incredible atmosphere; incomparable to any other restaurant or entertainment venue in the country, with lodge style knotty pine throughout the main restaurant, huge stone fireplaces, and impeccable views of beautiful Lake of the Ozarks from every seat in the house. No other Dining or Entertainment experience comes close! 

Jeremiah's Night Club
The Frisky Frog
Jeremiah’s Night Club, the hottest Night Club at the Lake of the Ozarks; was built in the two mid levels of the Horny Toad Entertainment complex, with three in door bars, and one outdoor patio bar, where club goers could watch the live outdoor entertainment overlooking the level below. The tri level dance floor with a state of the art sound and light system, created the perfect high energy club experience.

  The lower level of the Horny Toad Complex is home to the Frisky Frog Sports Bar & Grill, providing a very casual atmosphere where boaters could come in and feel comfortable in their swim suits, grab a great burger or pizza, and take in a game of pool or Pac Man. As the summer sun goes down, the huge center bar directly adjacent to the outdoor amphitheatre; would fill up ten people deep with patrons trying to cool off from the day’s summer heat, and partake in their favorite spirit.

Peckers Dueling Piano Bar
Dueling Pianos are definitely a unique entertainment experience! Peckers Dueling Piano Bar offered some of the best entertainment at the Lake of the Ozarks, with talented musicians and entertainers coming in each week from all over the country. In addition to great entertainment, Peckers built a great reputation as having some of the best food, and friendliest service around!