Wednesday, December 4, 2013
House of Elan suffered disruptions, its owner says, and now it might be beyond repair.
JJs restuarant is gone and one of his staff is still missing. Jimmy Frantze is focused, just as he has been since hearing the news that the restaurant has exploded while he was in Oklahoma on other business.
A more extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the blast near the Plaza will be conducted by the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
After Megan Cramer died in the Tuesday explosion, friends went inside her Kansas City apartment. With her belongings and her stacks and stacks of books was a birthday card all filled out for a friend. It was like Megan, friends and family say, to remember someone else. And to be early. Her friend's birthday isnt until June.
To some people, JJs, the edge-of-the-Plaza restaurant leveled by a gas explosion Tuesday night, had the best and deepest wine list in town. To others, JJs was a white-tablecloth dining room for special events, power lunches, tender steaks and sumptuous seafood. JJs was a down-to-earth place that felt like a hideaway.
The Kansas City arts, entertainment, music and food worlds will gather tonight and contribute to the Friends of JJs Benefit at the Uptown Theater. Proceeds will go to employees of JJs, the restaurant on the Country Club Plaza that was destroyed by an explosion and fire on Feb. 19.
Kansas City officials say no permit was issued to the company drilling outside JJs before the explosion and fire that leveled the restaurant.
A surveillance video shows the explosion at JJ's restaurant after a massive explosion rocked the area just west of the Country Club Plaza Tuesday night. (Feb. 19, 2013 Video courtesy of Shelton Travel Service)
Why did the Kansas City Fire Department fail to evacuate the popular Country Club Plaza area restaurant during a large natural gas leak, even though firefighters arrived on the scene about an hour before the blast?