Lakewood Local, a neighborhood bar near several lakes, has nine TVs streaming music videos sports games and other events.
Three of Lock and Molloy’s longtime employees now helm the new restaurant and bar. Marc Murphy is the general manager and Chris Wunner and Jenny Smith are managers. They had previously been with Summit Grill in Lee’s Summit and combined have more than 60 years experience in the restaurant industry.
Lakewood Local’s short menu goes beyond basic bar food with such appetizers as loaded cheesy tater tots, sheet pan nachos, barbecue chicken flat bread and crispy chicken wings — either Buffalo style or Nashville hot.
“Eats” include the chicken club sandwich, cheesesteak with shaved ribeye, provel and American cheese, and Nathan’s all-beef hot dog (one of the more popular orders). It also has specialty cocktails such as the Lakewood Lobster with Crown Royal, Razzamatazz and cranberry juice.
Michael’s Lakewood Pub formerly operated in the space at 811 N.E. Lakewood Blvd. The owners freshened it up with new paint, tables and chairs, and an updated kitchen.
Lock and Molloy also took over Lakewood Liquor, 815 N.E. Lakewood Blvd., converting it to Summit Cellar & Spirits.
“Lee’s Summit has been fantastic for us. Andy lives out there and I spend a lot of time out there,” Molloy said. “Those two properties were empty, the liquor store had just shut down, but both had been there a long time, and we thought we would like to do the casual bar thing; we didn’t want to be one type of restaurant.”
Stephen Molloy is managing partner of the new Summit Cellar & Spirits. He was previously manager of the former Starker’s Private Reserve and a former co-owner of the Classic Cup Cafe on the Country Club Plaza for 25 years. He also is a certified sommelier and brother of Domhnall. The store has a heavy focus on wine and has a tasting bar in the back for public and private events. It will take large orders for weddings and other events and will soon introduce a wine club.
“There’s a great local population, a great lake population, and we want to build relationships and help them with their needs, to talk to them about wines and spirits,” Molloy said. “We have a great beer selection and we are going to follow the path of what the customer needs.”
Lock and Molloy also own Summit Grill and Bōru Ramen Bar in Waldo. Their Third Street Social, which is celebrating its third anniversary this week, has introduced seven new hand-crafted summer cocktails, including the 3rd St. Float with Grand Marnier, Kahlua and Baileys Irish Cream, whipped cream, orange zest and chilled espresso.