Leawood’s new Red Door Grill featuring James Beard award winner Debbie Gold has soft opening

Updated: 2013-05-14T20:11:00Z


The Kansas City Star

The Red Door Grill in Leawood opened Monday for limited dinner and bar service. The full dinner service and lunch service will be added soon.

James Beard award-winning chef Debbie Gold is culinary partner in the new restaurant in Leawood’s Camelot Court at 11851 Roe Ave. — at the northeast corner of 119th Street and Roe. Chef Jacob Moeller previously worked with Gold and was most recently with The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs.

The menu includes appetizers such as squid and chips, grilled artichokes, and a Butcher’s board, along with salads, burgers featuring McGonigle’s Market’s custom blend of beef brisket, short rib and chuck tenderloin, and sandwiches featuring pulled pork, fire-grilled steak and rotisserie chicken from Alex Pope’s The Local Pig.

Entrees will include white sweet tacos with epazote beans, cabbage slaw and crema queso fresco with a choice of rotisserie pork or grilled sirloin; scallops with fire roasted creamy corn and charred spring onion; salmon with fire roasted radicchio and tomato gravy; hanger steak, chimichurri, fire roasted oyster mushrooms and bone marrow; sirloin with roasted tomatoes, toasted garlic and potatoes; chicken with creamy mashed potatoes; and pork with wood-fired polenta.

Desserts will include sarsaparilla doughnut holes with Christopher Elbow sweet cream ice cream. The restaurant also will have a children’s menu.

As for the drink menu, it will include cocktails like the Colada Punch, the Berry Cherry Mojito and the Blood Orange Cosmo. Red Door Grill also is consulting with Kansas City’s Doug Frost, an American Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, on the wine list and it plans to have a range of prices. It also will have eight regionally crafted beers on draft and by the bottle.

The space formerly housed Paddy O’Quigley’s Pub & Grill but it has been completely remodeled with reclaimed woods, high booths and a large patio with a fire pit. The bar area also has booths, a communal table and nine large flat screen televisions.

Red Door Grill is the first of several concepts planned by Red Door Restaurants, which is led by Jason Gleaton as operations partner, Gary Zancanelli as founding partner, and Gold as culinary partner. Other “neighborhood-oriented” restaurants are scheduled to open in the Kansas City market and then the company plans to expand regionally.

Granddaughter inspires new shop

Jeanne Gallagher White said her teenage granddaughter, Victoria, has long had a sense for everything beautiful and fashionable. Victoria puts together an outfit and then adds a little twist - maybe dropping the shoulder or tying the waist.

“She says ‘I’m going to put the Victoria in this outfit,’ ” White said.

So White named her new “young contemporary” clothing shop after Victoria, calling it Victoria’s Closet Kansas City.

White, a former civil rights investigator , first went into retail by partnering in Colfax Market Femme in Westport in late 2010. She jokes that she is a “chronic shopper” who loves fashion. But she wanted a shop that would be easier to operate.

Victoria’s Closet at 1921 W. 43rd Ave., in Kansas City, Kan., near State Line Road off of Westport Road, is only about 210 square feet. But White has filled it with spring dresses and maxi dresses, sunglasses, handbags, scarves, straw hats and jewelry. She prefers designers that are hard to find in Kansas City like La Vie Parisienne jewelry, Lola Minx clothing, and Urban Expressions handbags. New shipments are expected weekly.

“I just buy one run in hopes that you won’t see yourself in the city and when that run is gone I don’t buy again,’ White said. “And everything is under $100 with the exceptions of a couple of necklace.”

Victoria’s Closet is open Friday through Monday only.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC.

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