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Merchants Pub & Plate opens tomorrow in downtown Lawrence

Updated: 2013-09-20T18:39:38Z

By Sarah Gish

Earlier this summer, Lawrence’s Teller’s restaurant closed and a duo of local restaurateurs announced plans to convert the former bank building at 746 Massachusetts St. to a gastropub.

The gastropub, Merchants Pub & Plate, opens at 11 a.m. tomorrow with 30 beers on tap and a menu full of local, seasonal food that pairs well with brews. Think sandwiches made with beer-battered fish or homemade pimento cheese, fried jumbo lump crab cakes on a bed of sweet corn puree, house-baked pretzel baguettes with mustard-ale whipped butter, and chorizo deviled eggs.

The extensive craft beer menu features West Coast beers (Stone, Green Flash) alongside local selections from breweries in Lawrence (Free State, 23rd Street), Manhattan, Kan. (Little Apple), Weston, Mo. (Weston Brewing Company) and, of course, Kansas City (Boulevard).

If you’re more into yard beer, Merchants also has Old Style on tap.

Lawrence chef TK Peterson and KC native Philip Wilson are the restaurateurs behind Merchants, which gets its name from the building’s original tenant, Merchants National Bank. The team also restored the historic space — arguably one of the most beautiful in Lawrence, with its huge windows and soaring ceilings strung with lots of glowing pendant lamps.

Read more about Merchants Pub & Plate in Joyce Smith’s June 24 Cityscape column.

Merchants isn’t the only new business that local beer lovers should be excited about. Cinder Block Brewery, a new microbrewery at 110 East 18th Ave. in North Kansas City, celebrates its grand opening next Friday, September 27.

The brewery is the brainchild of local homebrewer Bryce Schaffter, who is teaming up with longtime 23rd Street Brewery brewmaster Bryan “Bucky” Buckingham.

For more updates on Cinder Block — which will dabble in sour beers — follow @cinderblockbrew on Twitter or like the brewery’s Facebook page.

For regular updates on new restaurants and breweries in KC and Lawrence, bookmark Chow Town or follow @joycekc and @chowtownkc on Twitter.

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