The high-quality frozen cocktail concept opened in the Crossroads in late 2011. Now it plans to close there in late September and reopen at 421 Westport Road in early October. HopCat craft beer bar and restaurant also is opening at 401 Westport Road by the end of the year.
Standees-The Entertaining Eatery reopened its restaurant as Chocolate Frog in mid-2015. Now it will be replaced by C. Frogs BBQ Steak Whiskey, which is scheduling a mid-July opening. Menu items will include burnt ends, brisket, grilled fresh water trout, smoked red pepper pasta and New Zealand lamb chops.
Chicken N Pickle is now open at 1761 Burlington Ave. with four indoor and four outdoor pickleball courts. A rotisserie chicken restaurant opens in October. Calibration Brewery also is now open at 119 Armour Road in North Kansas City.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Amigo’s Grill & Cantina, Anthony’s Restaurant & Lounge, BB’s Lawnside BBQ, Brookridge Golf & Fitness, Carniceria El Torito, The Grille at Park Place, 18th Street Stop & Go, India Palace, Life Cafe at Life Time Fitness, MS Petroleum in Edwardsville, and Quick Shop in KCK.
The new 32,000-square-foot store in Nall Hills is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The specialty grocery store chain is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country. New Leawood rowing studio and Legends Outlets updates
In the spot formerly occupied by a locally owned favorite known for wood-fired pizzas, three families collaborated in 2003 to open Ricco’s Italian Bistro. With 75 seats, including the bar and high-tops, plus a 15-seat patio, Ricco’s has earned its stripes as a neighborhood destination. Which, according to one partner, Tim Tobin, was the trio’s goal: an attractive spot defined by quaint ambiance and stellar food.
JoyceKC Notebook items: Locally owned Longboards Wraps and Bowls has opened at 506M S.E. Missouri 291, Suite A, in Lee’s Summit. Brewbakers Bar & Grill is listed as a tenant for Belton’s Cedar Tree Shopping Center, now under renovation.
The fast casual concept is taking the former Genghis Grill space at 1345 Main St. It will offer items for a “healthy diet,” including made-to-order signature burgers, smoothies, salads and bowls. It will open around Labor Day, and the area franchisee plans up to four more locations.
Three Dog Bakery teams with La Bodega in Leawood for an evening out for pets and their owners. The dogs chow down on yappatizers and “paw-ella,” while humans order off the regular menu. A portion of the proceeds will go to animal charities.
Chef Theresia Ota wanted to show people how great these wines are with a host of different types of cuisine. I got a glimpse at the Tuesday, June 21, menu, and what Ota created, to my eyes anyway, is a rosé symphony.
JJ’s adds a new chapter, with a vibe that is fresh yet familiar and fare with classic flair. Favorites such as Paco Shrimp and the JJ’s Pride 12-ounce filet remain on the menu. Preparation and seasoning are spot on, although the flavors can seem subtle to today’s bolder palate.
After eating my way along two food tours, one here in Kansas City and one while on a trip to Charleston, S.C., I am a champion for them. Each tour I took featured an array of incredible tastes and small plates. Kansas City tours include ones that explore the Crossroads, barbecue, Prohibition era cocktails, Sunday brunch and now, streetcar finds.
The Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association has just published the results of a survey of 500 Kansans. The top pick for favorite Kansas-based non-chain restaurant was Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. Lawrence’s Free State Brewery and The Burger Stand took top spots.
JoyceKC Notebook items: SoT plans an August opening in a 1,000-square-foot space at 1521 Grand Blvd. It will serve elevated cocktails and small plates. Swordfish Tom’s wants to open at 210 W. 19th Terrace with a pre-Prohibition feel — and no cellphone calls allowed.