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.
IFly Indoor Skydiving wants to open an Overland Park center. The company is in negotiations to build a 6,000-square-foot building — 60 feet tall — in the Met at 435 shopping center at 10975 Metcalf Ave. First-time fliers will float on a column of air and learn basic flying skills, including moving forward and back and turning. On additional visits, customers can progress to group flying and even advanced aerial gymnastic maneuvers.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Area restaurants with 7 or more critical or priority health code violations: Hong’s Buffet, El Camino Real, Iron Wok, Ming Garden, Chiefs Levy Main Kitchen, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Queen’s Price Chopper, and Ramada Inn Conference Center. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.
The Sundry Market & Kitchen is now open in the Crossroads Arts District at 1706 Baltimore Ave., offering fresh produce, locally made specialty products, and a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Country Club Plaza reevaluates its “tips for handling panhandlers” pamphlet.
Draft Pick Grill & Cantina - a sports bar with a south of the border kick-has opened in the Northland. MeMa’s Old-Fashioned Bakery + Kitchen has expanded in the Power & Light District and is open late night on weekends. Steak & Eggs, breakfast and lunch, set to open in the former Waid’s restaurant space in south Kansas City.
The famed steakhouse opened in the Livestock Exchange Building in 1949. But it is behind in its rent and agreed to close. The landlord is in negotiations for a new restaurant tenant to open in the space at 1600 Genessee.
The Rim restaurant and juice bar opens in the Northland. Lidia’s Kansas City adding glass-enclosed private event space. Overland Park’s new Kulture Kurry specializes in Northern Indian Cuisine. Downtown Pizza moving into Duke’s on Grand.
Antioch Center’s conversion to Antioch Crossing is on its way. New tenants will include PepperJax Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Cupcakin opens in Gates Plaza and Salty Iguana Mexican Restaurant rolls out a food truck.
After going dark six months ago, The Brooksider has reopened with new owners. Gomer’s Wine and Spirits is taking the former Berbiglia spot at 75th and State Line. LaBruzzo’s Sweet Oven is now open in the River Market.
Kansas City’s Portfolio Kitchen & Home Flagship Store will more than double its space across from Union Station. In addition, Zoës Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant concept serving fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes, plans up to six area restaurants, including one in the former Blonde nightclub space on the Country Club Plaza.
Kansas City’s iconic shopping district said it has been handing out wallet-size pamphlets for several years that advise consumers to give to service organizations instead of giving money to panhandlers.
Westport’s new Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements Southern-inspired smokehouse offers a rotating list of American craft beer, wine and bourbon. Next spring, it plans to open one of the largest beer gardens in the Midwest with a variety of outdoor games.
Looking to appeal to shoppers who want the deals while still spending Thanksgiving with their families, the Northland shopping district on Wednesday night launched a new holiday event, “Orange is the New Black Friday.” Shoppers got in the spirit by wearing touches of orange as they got a jump on Black Friday bargains.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority of critical health code violations: Cinetopia Prairiefire, Governor Stumpy’s Grill House, McDonald’s, Pinstripes, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Frida’s Contemporary Mexican Cuisine, New China Star, Real Jalisco Fine Mexican Cuisine, and Shoal Creek Lounge & Grill.
Express Outlet plans to open a metro location. Tommy Hilfiger Outlet plans to close Dec. 28 in the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan. Quick’s Bar- B-Q has closed their brick-and-mortar restaurant after 50 years but will continue as a catering and food truck operation