A beautiful red brick Georgian Revival mansion near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has been home to some notable Kansas Citians.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
Soon it will be an upscale stopping place for out-of-towners.
Owners Roland and Marcia Sabates, after two years of renovating, plan to reopen it in June as Oak Street Mansion, an art-themed bed-and-breakfast. The mansion, at 4343 Oak St., will show off some of the couples vast art collection, including works from Rolands native Cuba, as well as African and Midwestern pieces.
The mansion is just blocks from the Nelson, the Kansas City Art Institute and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the owners hope to fill it with art enthusiasts.
The first floor has common area rooms, including a sunroom, and a commercial kitchen. The two upper floors will have guest rooms with private baths, mini fridges, cable and wireless Internet. Two rooms have outdoor balconies that will overlook a heavily landscaped sculpture garden. The back carriage house has been converted into two guest rooms, one a two-story honeymoon cottage.
Each room will have a different art theme jazz, Cuban, African, abstract, Impressionist, photography and more from the collection. One room has been painted in a brightly colored street art style by a local artist.
Roland and Marcias youngest son, Trey Sabates, is the general contractor. Their middle son, John Sabates, is general manager of the bed and breakfast. (Their oldest son, Roland Sabates, is a tax attorney.)
I think it is going to be a unique place a nice bed-and-breakfast and an art museum, said John Sabates. We fell in love with the property first and foremost, and the bed-and-breakfast idea just came about organically. It has really just been a labor of love.
The family also is publishing a book on the history of the mansion, which dates to 1907, and its new art collection.
An Aggieville-theme bar is coming to Waldo.
Shot Stop wants to open at 7439 Broadway in late May.
Brett Allred, a former Overland Park resident, graduated from Kansas State University in 2006. He opened four bars and restaurants in Manhattan, including Shot Stop in early 2009.
It offers shots and bottle beers starting at $1.50. It also has a 20-foot menu board with about 100 different shots to choose from.
I think they like the variety and options we offer, he said. Aggieville is a high-foot traffic area. People come in and have a shot and then maybe go onto another bar.
Or they can stick around. Shot Stops menu will include burgers, wraps and salads.
Allred said he also is looking at additional locations, possibly in Westport and other university towns.
• Debbie Gold has left the American in Crown Center for another Kansas City opportunity. She said she will be developing themes and menus for a newly formed, locally-based restaurant group.
I look at it more as the next step in my career, she said. More information will be available on the restaurant group later this month.
The American said it is on a nationwide search to find our restaurants next great chef. Sous chef Josh Eans is serving as the interim executive chef.
• Majestic Restaurant officials have applied for a liquor license for the former Napoleons Bakery space at 706 Westport Road. They declined to comment.