Paige Unger is shaking things up and causing a stir behind the bar at the American Restaurant, where she took over last month from Willie Grandison, a legendary old-school barkeeper. Unger has revamped the cocktail menu to bring it into line with the booming craft cocktail movement.
During a recent vacation in Paris, The Star’s Steve Paul sought out a handful of relatively new restaurants, each of which delivered its own highly original brand of cooking in unstuffy and inventive ways.
The riverfront remake of late is part of Omaha’s new confidence, but there’s something else: A refocus and rediscovery is taking place in some of Omaha’s downtown and close-in neighborhoods that’s not only good for the city but also turning into a bonanza for visitors.
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Lezley Mix of Kansas City was recently hired as assistant airport manager for Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Before that, Mix, who has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Park University, was airport security coordinator for eight years at Kansas City International Airport, where she had worked her way up from administrative assistant in airport operations.
The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger helped Art Stewart write “The Art of Scouting,” which covers Stewart’s seven decades as a baseball scout and a career that allowed him to witness and work with the sport’s legends. Stewart is now 87 and lives in Lee’s Summit.
Fay Laughridge of Council Grove, Kan., co-owns Bing Agency International, a supplier of factory-authorized carburetors and parts. In good weather, she also drives a pedicab for Tricycle Transit in Kansas City most Thursdays through Sundays.
A movement called social practice art seeks to bridge the gap between everyday experiences and traditional concepts of art. It’s also designed to draw in people who might otherwise be unlikely to visit a traditional art museum.