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There’s nothing small about Big Kahuna’s Gas n’ Grill, at Buck Creek Marina on Lake of the Ozarks. The site of the original Big Thunder Marine on the 8 Mile Marker, Big Kahuna’s—aka “BK Gas ’n Grill”—is reviving this iconic spot, with a marina, lodging, tasty food and flavorful drinks. 

Iowan and co-owner of Big Kahuna’s, Tim Kovaceivich brought Iowa bar-and-grill culture to this new Lakefront spot, located in Gravois Mills by land.

“Iowa bar and grill culture can be described as welcoming and family oriented,” Tim said. “The atmosphere is very laid back and all are welcome! We want to capture what a true Midwestern experience is like by providing good food and polite staff.”

“Our goal is to become part of the community and create a laid-back Lake getaway for both locals and visitors, and to make BK’s a vacation destination for families,” he said.

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BK & Buck Creek Marina offer spacious waterfront cabin rentals with kitchens that sleep 8+, each with a large private deck, for $350/night (which includes slip rental), a gas dock, slip rentals, and a terrific restaurant and bar with friendly and energetic service staff. Check out photos of some of the cabins, below.

Picnic tables adorn the rustic wood patio with—of course—fabulous lake views, and the groovy, vintage-looking bar is the perfect place to chill on those warm summer days. The restaurant offers appetizers, salads, tacos, sandwiches and wraps, and sandwiches come with your choice of side. Cooper, the bartender, serves up signature and traditional drinks. True to the Big Kahuna name, some of the menu items take a Hawaiian flair.

While BK has been open for the busy 2020 summer season, they are having a “Grand Opening” celebration on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 7:30 – 10 p.m. featuring an authentic Hawaiian pig roast and a live band. Tickets are $25/per person and only 100 are available. Check their Facebook page for more information and tickets. www.facebook.com/bkgasngrill

BK is closed on Mondays. Hours are from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday; from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Thursday – Saturday. Happy hours are on Tuesday – Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. with 2-for-1 domestic bottle beers.

Visit BK Gas & Grill and Buck Creek Marina at 32697 Green Hills Road in Gravois Mills or at the 8 MM. Follow them on Facebook and check out their website at bkgasngrill.com — Phone: 573-286-4144.