New Main Street restaurant will feature homegrown menuBy JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
When Anton Kotar says his food will be locally sourced, in some cases that will mean walking down the stairs or out to the backyard.
His Antons Tap Room is set to open in about 30 days at 1610 Main St. One side, a restaurant, will focus on steaks and fresh-ground hamburgers, but the menu also will include vegetarian items. The other side, a butcher shop, will feature Missouri pork and grass-fed beef.
In the lower level, Kotar will raise tilapia, using the fish water as fertilizer for herbs (a sustainable food production system called aquaponics). He also hopes to grow endive and butter lettuce in the lower level. Out back he has laid Oklahoma flagstone and will install picnic tables, surrounded by fruit trees and berry bushes. An outdoor smoker is for bacon, ham and sausages.
A second-floor dining room will look down through the original beams at the first floor. One side of the second floor will be a private event space.
We are bringing back the old style of taking care of the beef, from where it starts, the way its raised, grass-fed, hormone-free, never leaves the state of Missouri, how we prepare it dry aging to definitely increase the flavor and tenderness, Kotar said. You cant buy beef from California and expect it to be better when it gets here.
Kotar had previously been a partner in Grinders restaurant.
The Kansas City Health Department suspended the food service permit of The Rock Cafe, 1603 W. 39th St., on Tuesday for not complying with the noise ordinance.
The food code states that to maintain a food service permit an establishment must abide by all city ordinances. According to the department, The Rock Cafe has received warnings of noise complaints, and its permit was previously suspended from June 25 to 29 for noncompliance with the noise ordinance. At that time The Rock Cafe agreed in writing to abide by the noise ordinance, but it has since been in violation, resulting in this current suspension, the department said.
Rock Cafe may continue to sell prepackaged and shelf-stable food, but it cannot prepare, serve or sell food that requires temperature control (hot or cold), non-prepackaged food, or food or drinks prepared on site.
The owners couldnt be reached for comment.
• Strawberry Hill Povitica had a ribbon cutting Wednesday for its new 20,150-square-foot facility at 7226 W. Frontage Road, Merriam, just west of Interstate 35 and north of 75th Street.
The family-owned business makes European-styled swirled breads called povitica. It was founded in 1984 on Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan. The new facility lets retail customers see the production and also offers free samples, although about 90 percent of sales are from mail order.
• New owners are negotiating to take over Longbranch Ale House again. A sign on the door recently said the operation at 9095 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, will return under new ownership at the end of the month along with the pool tables. But another prospective ownership group said it also was in negotiations to take over the spot.
It has been under several different owners since founders Walt Coffey and baseball player and manager Lou Piniella sold out in 1995.
There also is a Lenexa Longbranch under different owners.