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New bar/smokehouse/beer garden opening in Westport's old Beaumont Club

Updated: 2014-01-25T14:29:25Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Westport’s Beaumont Club will be broken up into new venues.

A group of local investors plan to open Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements in the north part of the space this fall.

“We are passionate about great food and craft beer so it is to take those concepts and build off of it,” said James Westphal, a partner in the new Char Bar LLC. “The ‘amusements’ is to make sure people have fun while they are there, whether it’s watching a game or playing Foosball. We want to play on the amusement theme throughout the concept.”

Char Bar will have a varied menu from smoked meats to vegetarian items, and a focus on American craft beer. The outdoor area will be converted into Kansas City’s “largest and best beer garden” with dining area, croquet court, ping-pong and more, Westphal said.

Partner Mitch Benjamin of the Meat Mitch barbecue sauce brand will provide the barbecue expertise and the menu will incorporate his sauces.

Westphal and Mark Kelpe first opened McCoy's Public House in Westport in 1997. Later they added The Foundry and Beer Kitchen to their Westport lineup.

“We are big believers in Westport and are very excited to add another restaurant concept to Kansas City's best neighborhood,” Westphal said. “We have seen a tremendous evolution in our neighborhood. Westport is unique. Unlike the Plaza or other similar developments, Westport has multiple property owners and almost all of them are local.

Char Bar is taking 6,000 square feet in the former Beaumont Club and about 2,000 square feet on the outdoor patio. Krtek Real Estate is still looking for a tenant for the remaining 10,000 square feet in the Beaumont space at 4050 Pennsylvania Ave.

Beaumont Club, a live music venue, opened in mid-1993. In early 2013 JFJ Real Estate Limited Partnership filed suit to evict the club saying it owed nearly $200,000 in back rent and other fees.

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

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