Friends of JJ’s Benefit tonight will include food, music

The Kansas City arts, entertainment, music and food worlds will gather tonight and contribute to the Friends of JJ’s Benefit at the Uptown Theater. Proceeds will go to employees of JJ’s, the restaurant on the Country Club Plaza that was destroyed by an explosion and fire on Feb. 19.

Server who died in JJ's blast had sweet smile, desire to serve

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 isn’t until June.

Blast that destroyed JJ’s also leaves a hole in KC’s culture

To some people, JJ’s, the edge-of-the-Plaza restaurant leveled by a gas explosion Tuesday night, had the best and deepest wine list in town. To others, JJ’s was a white-tablecloth dining room for special events, power lunches, tender steaks and sumptuous seafood. JJ’s was a down-to-earth place that felt like a hideaway.