From bunker to burger joint, Truitt’s Cave has a new lease on life

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In 2011, Chris Black bought a cave in McDonald County because believed that society was destined to collapse. When it didn’t, he turned his hideaway into a bar and grill. Today, he owns the restaurant — and a herd of goats.


LANAGAN – Chris Black came to the Ozarks to live in a cave. Despite its dark and dreariness, it was a place in which to take refuge; a safe haven from a world that he felt was on the brink of collapse.

“The term is ‘waking up’ to things,” says Black of his beliefs. “One of the first things you go through is fear when you start seeing all these things. You’re hit with all of these realities of things you thought were something totally different then what you’re being told they are.”

For Black, some of those things involve NASA, 9/11 and even the shape of the earth.

“No, I don’t believe we live on a spinning ball at this point in time,” he says. “I don’t know what exactly realm we live on, but what the powers that be are telling us, I believe is a lie. And it’s been perpetuated for over 500 years.”

Such feelings, accented by a belief that societal collapse was coming in November 2011, caused him to leave his life in Indiana and move to Missouri. He quit his job as an IT specialist with the U.S. Department of Defense, and said goodbye to his longtime girlfriend, Teresa, who decided to stay behind.

“I didn’t leave her, but I said, ‘alright, I’m going,'” recalls Black. “I pretty much came out on my own, and linked up with a bunch of people that I didn’t know.”

Then they waited. But when the collapse didn’t come, the bills still did — and it didn’t take long before Black needed to make some cash. “And after that, I sat around and looked and was like, ’OK, I’ve got to do something,’” he says.

And that’s how Black used his cave to get into the restaurant business. He still believes the collapse is coming: But until then, just look for him in the back. He’s the one making burgers. (more…)