Operator selected to run KC downtown streetcar

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority has recommended Herzog Transit Services to run the downtown streetcar system when it opens in late 2015. Herzog, based in St. Joseph, operates rail systems in Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas and San Francisco. A contract still must be finalized and will be negotiated over the next month.

Three new restaurants rise in the Southland

The Stack BarBQ at 89th and Wornall builds on menu of previous business with a similar name. Peachtree Cafeteria Brunch-Lunch-Dinner opens in Gates Plaza on 12th Street, and Margarita’s South comes to Martin City area.

Polished Nail Salon expanding in Power & Light

New Platte City restaurant offers comfort food and traditional items with a twist including southwestern-style tenderloins. Polished Nail Salon expands in the Power & Light District. Poetry venue coming to the Crossroads and other retail and restaurant news.

A new barbecue for 39th Street’s restaurant row

Q39 barbecue set to join 39th Street’s restaurant row in April. New North Kansas City breweries already expanding. Cinder Block Brewery adds cider to its menu and The Big Rip Brewing Co. doubles its brewing capacity and plans to add a beer garden.

Cinder Block Brewery now offering ciders

New North Kansas City’s breweries already expanding. Cinder Block Brewery adds cider to its menu and The Big Rip Brewing Co. doubles its brewing capacity and plans to add a beer garden next month. Q39 barbecue set to join 39th Street’s restaurant row in April.

Summit Place TIF hits a snag

Three Lee’s Summit council members balk at subsidizing aspects of the shopping center project that are normally borne by developers.

Cellar & Loft wine shop adds craft beers and pizza

Boston Market closes in the Northland but the closing triggers new development. Diego’s Bar & Grill closes in Gladstone. River Market’s Cellar & Loft expanding its offering. A fitness center to open in former Price Chopper space in the Northland.

Downtown YMCA project is still on track

One of downtown’s most high-profile corners, 10th Street and Grand Boulevard, would be transformed from a parking lot to a sparkling community and recreation center. The YMCA has been pursuing its $39 million downtown project for two years as part of a capital improvement program that includes an overhaul of its Linwood branch at 3800 E. Linwood Blvd.

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