Chipotle’s free all-day festival was held Saturday in Penn Valley, returning to Kansas City for a second year. The festival featured cooking demonstrations, live music, food exhibits, games and local food vendors. About 23,000 people attended the event in 2015. It was also held in Phoenix in April and will be in Miami in November.
Rosso at Hotel Sorella offers frozen cocktails on a stick called poptails. Chick-fil-A introduces Egg White Grill, its first new breakfast sandwich in a decade. Freddy’s brings back its Funnel Cake Sundae and Cicis offers S’Mores Dessert Dip, its first sharable dessert.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Bar Louie in the Power & Light District, Blanc Burgers + Bottles, Casa Agave, The Cheesecake Factory on the Plaza, China King, China 1 Cafe, The Classic Cup, the Dubliner, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue on the Plaza, Fogo de Chao, Jimmy’s Jigger-Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen, KC Grill ’N Kabob, King’s Chef, P.F. Chang’s on the Plaza, Roni’s Pub and Kitchen, Sakura Japanese Restaurant, Sutera’s at Shawnee Crossing, Sweet Tomatoes, Taj Palace, Throwback, Wal-Mart in Bonner Springs, and Wendy’s on State Line.
JoyceKC Notebook items: Meatball District Kitchen + Bar will offer brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ryan Brazeal bought two Crossroads buildings a year ago. He’ll put a restaurant and office in one, but he has to demolish the other building.
The coffee shop plans an October opening in the new International at 301 E. Armour Blvd. Two more Mother Earth Coffee shops are scheduled to open in the next year. The International, the former Gillham Plaza office building, will have its grand opening Thursday.
Despite the ghosts of former stockyards haunting the West Bottoms, KC emerges as a steak town. Anton’s Taproom and Restaurant as well as J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood are reliable local options.
“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern returns to KC to host a cooking demo featuring rabbit at Chipotle Cultivate festival at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Penn Valley Park. Other featured chefs Michael Corvino, Colby Garrelts, Gerard Craft and Carl Hall of “The Chew.”
Tom’s Town currently has three premium spirits: Pendergast’s Royal Gold Bourbon, McElroy’s Corruption Gin and Eli’s StrongArm Vodka. It is now in about 50 liquor stores and 20 restaurants in Johnson County, Lawrence and Wichita, and will expand in Missouri starting in mid-August.
Noodles & Co. plans to open in the Shoppes at Shoal Creek at Missouri 152 and Flintlock. Planet Fitness plans to open in part of the former Sun Fresh Market building at 2415 N.E. Vivion Road. Chipotle plans a fall opening at 4234 N.E. Chouteau Trafficway.
The city’s Regulated Industries Division said Ça Va did not meet its minimum food sales requirement for a restaurant-bar license. It could apply for a tavern license but Regulated Industries said Westport already has too many tavern licenses. Ça Va opened in March 2014, specializing in champagne cocktails, along with boutique wines from France, Italy, Spain and the U.S.
The Daily Meal recognizes four area barbecue restaurants in its America’s 35 Best Ribs 2016 list. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is on Thrillist’s “The Great American Bucket List: 50 restaurants to Try Before You Die.” Business Insider puts Joe’s and Q39 on its “The 50 best barbecue joints in America, ranked.”
Omaha-based Eat Fit Go plans four area locations, including one in Overland Park. Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop and Maggiano’s Little Italy plan to enter the market and Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding. Bling boutique, which has six locations in Kansas, will now enter the metro with a new Overland Park shop.
The Overland Park restaurant, the second location for Manhattan Aggieville’s popular eatery, is a delicious crossroads of flavors defining cuisine from New Orleans, Memphis, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Jamaica, Mexico and even Thailand
Simple Science Juices — grab-and-go healthy juices, snacks and entrees — is now open at 112 W. 63rd St. A Leawood location is planned for 2017. Pizzeria Locale is now open in Corbin Park, 6455 W. 135th St., Overland Park. Another location is scheduled to open by Oak Park Mall in early August.
G. Berto Cucina was scheduled to open in Woodside Village in November 2015. Bread & Butter Concepts blamed the “timing of the completion” of the Woodside Village project, saying it conflicted with its other projects. Blue Sushi Sake Grill also has pushed back its planned spring opening.