Rum’s the word at new Power & Light lounge

06/25/2012 5:00 AM

05/16/2014 6:51 PM

A new cocktail lounge featuring live music is set to open in the former Peachtree restaurant space in the Power Light District.

The Kill Devil Club is a collaboration between local restaurateur and mixologist Ryan Maybee and ECi, an affiliate of Power Light District landlord and developer the Cordish Co.

Maybee said rum was once called Kill Devil and the new club will feature one of the largest rum selections in Kansas City, including three specialty rum punches such as the Kill-Devil Punch that features light and dark rum, and Batavia Arrack, house-made cinnamon bark syrup and citrus.

“ECI approached me a couple of times before and the timing is good now. The concept is right,” Maybee said. “The idea of focusing on rum is kind of fun and sets you apart, gives you a specific identity.”

Kill Devil Club also will have specialty cocktails, a full-bar, and a dozen small plate menu items.

The 5,400-square-foot second floor spot is at the southeast corner of 14th and Main streets, above Fran’s Restaurant. The space, which has been remodeled, includes a main lounge seating 120 people, a bar, a private party room, an elevated stage with a grand piano, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over downtown.

It will have live music Wednesday through Sunday evenings, and including significant jazz programming as well as other styles of music.

“It’s a good compliment to the other venues on 14th Street that attract a little bit older, more sophisticated clientele, like Bristol and 801 (Chophouse),” said Nick Benjamin, executive director of the district.

ECI also is opening The Gallery Event Space, across the hall from the Kill Devil Club. The 9,000-square-foot, second floor space is scheduled to open in August.

Quick bite

Lutfi’s Fried Fish plans to open its flagship location today at 3037 Main St., former home of Mr. Goodcents.

At 3,400-square-feet, it will be the largest Lutfi’s and will seat 55 people.

Founder Lutfi Khalifah opened his first restaurant in the mid-1990s. He now has six other licensed operations, one with a food truck, and a seventh licensed restaurant scheduled to open in Kansas City, Kan., in July.

Menu items at the new location will include basa, cod, red snapper, smoked salmon and fried shrimp, along with sides like spaghetti with red sauce, green beans, collard greens/cabbage mix, red beans and rice, mac-and-cheese, fried okra, French fries, potato salad, and cole slaw.

“My goal is to have a thousand stores. People wanted to be entrepreneurs in the restaurant business, and I just tried to help them,” Khalifah said.

Waid’s closes in Prairie Village

One of the metro’s last Waid’s restaurants has closed.

The restaurant, in the Prairie Village Shopping Center, at 6920 Mission Road, Prairie Village, closed Sunday night, according to a former assistant manager. The owners could not be reached for comment.

Waid’s was founded in 1953 and had as many as 15 locations at one time, according to

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Its lease in Prairie Village expired late last year and it has been on 90-day leases since then, according to landlord Lane4 Property Group Inc. Lane4 met with Haddad Restaurant Group, owner of Waid’s, multiple times to consider different scenarios, including renovating the building and a new long-term lease, but that was not “economically feasible” for either parties, said Justin Kaufmann, senior associate for Lane4.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the center and that building has become pretty tired and was in need of a significant remodel,” Kaufmann said.

A Waid’s restaurant at 1130 W. 103rd St. is still open.

All-Star special

The Lenexa-based Sampler Stores — owner of Kansas Sampler and Rally House stores — has opened a pop-up store for the All-Star Game.

The store, called Majestic Baseball Store, is at 340 W. 47th St. on the Country Club Plaza. It has Majestic brand apparel for teams in the game, along with Kansas City Royals merchandise and other team items. The store will be open through July 15.

Podrebarac mural

Local artist and cartoonist Charlie Podrebarac has created a colorful mural and some banners to brighten up the City Market.The mural is on the east end of the north City Market building and the banners are on parking lot poles.

“We try to promote local businesses, local produce, so what a better connection to promote a great local artist,” said Deb Churchill, property manager for the market. “We wanted to find something fun and funky to do for the market this year.”

Podrebarac said he has fond memories of going to the market as a child with his parents and grandmother, and now enjoys going with his wife.

“I tried to put all that energy and activity I remember as a child with what is there now into the mural,” he said.

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