J.C. Penney Co. has closed its 10 big and tall men’s specialty stores including the four area locations in the Northland, Independence and Overland Park. The retailer is rolling out new Foundry departments in most of its stores.
The multimillion dollar conversion of Q Hotel + Spa to the AC Hotels by Marriott Kansas City Westport is almost complete. The hotel, featuring 123 contemporary rooms and a first floor lounge area, is scheduled to open in mid-February.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
The Huffington Post and Yelp collaborated to pick the most disproportionately popular cuisine for each state. No surprise that both Missouri and Kansas residents like their barbecue - 65 percent higher than the national average in Missouri, 48 percent higher in Kansas.
Wing Lovers USA to open in Leawood and Rice House now open in south Kansas City. New bar for the West Bottoms but only on First Friday weekends. Czar Bar space for lease in the Crossroads. Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue and The Cozy Inn in Salina make iconic restaurants list.
Just a couple of years after opening at 3150 Mercier St. in the Dean’s Downtown Underground, The Cave Bouldering Gym has built up such a strong following that many customers make the trip from Johnson County. Now owner Elsa Bleeker has taken on a partner, Phil Ritterman, to open an Overland Park indoor climbing gym.
Kaldi Coffee Roasting honored at the Good Food Awards. Natural Grocers offers some health fairs at its new Independence store. Room 39 remodels on 39th Street. Downtown’s Coda has a new owner and new menu. Haus on Martini Corner is closed and is scheduled to reopen under a new concept in March.
Firehouse Subs updates area opening and closings. Leawood’s 801 Fish has a new executive chef and new menu. Spin pizza remodels its restaurant south of the Country Club Plaza. Domino’s Pizza opens in Waldo. Big Momma’s Bakery-Cafe closes in Crown Center.
The Kansas City Health Department temporarily closed Church’s Chicken, 3145 Gillham Plaza, on Jan. 6 because of live roach activity at the time of the reinspection. The restaurant had no critical violations on a follow-up inspection and allowed to reopen.
Bread & Butter Concepts, the company behind some local venues as Gram & Dun and Taco Republic, has acquired the Ingredient restaurants in downtown Kansas City, Leawood and Columbia, Mo. They will go under the name Ingredient True Eatery and offer a new menu that will that includes entrees, sandwiches, salads, specialty burgers and soups.
It has leased a 6,270-square-foot building 19700 Valley View Parkway, current home to El Maguey Mexican Restaurant. El Maguey plans to close in mid-January after a decade of operations. Stroud’s will then remodel the building for a scheduled summer 2015 opening.
When the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge in the West Bottoms closed Saturday night, it went the way of other iconic Kansas City restaurants like Italian Gardens and Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. But some longtime operations are showing no signs of slowing down. They are drawing their fourth generation of customers and expanding throughout the metro.
Alex Pope will be culinary director of the new Cleaver & Cork, opening in spring 2015 in the current Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge. Maker’s Mark plans to close on Jan. 1. Pope is creating Cleaver & Cork’s menu, focusing on fresh, high-quality ingredients from local sources, as well as fresh seafood that will be flown in daily.
Area restaurants and grocery stores with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Salsa Grill, Hy-Vee, Squirrely’s, Danny’s Big Easy, Hen House, Pilot, Thai House, El Rio Bravo Supermarket, Coda, New York Dawg Pound, Pizza 51 West, and Taqueria El Corito. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.