Jerry Naster, who owned the since-closed Woodswether Cafe in the West Bottoms and Jerry's at 103rd and State Line Road, came out of retirement in Florida because he wanted to keep working in the Kansas City area. Naster opened Original Cafe at the Rosana Square Shopping Center in Overland Park recently, where he can finally spend his retirement.
Far from their humble beginnings in a storefront on Vivion Road, Carol and Dennis Meierotto and their children have opened a new store at 1900 Diamond Parkway in North Kansas City. Despite the impressive new surroundings at Meierotto Jewelers, “We really haven’t changed,” Carol said recently.
The Hotel Indigo at 11th and Baltimore brings 118 upscale hotel rooms to downtown Kansas City. The facility also features Fairfax Lofts, 27 apartments on 10th-12th floors above Hotel Indigo. Located in the renovated Brookfield Building, the hotel features Dott Boss Cocktails and Coffee and a restaurant adjacent to the hotel.
BKS Artisan Ales is a neighborhood-focused brewery and taproom opening soon in Brookside. It is housed in one of several East 63rd Street commercial properties redeveloped by Butch Rigby, who has a vision for the area.
Blade and Timber, a new ax-throwing club, is now open in the West Bottoms. Players enter a lane, grab an ax, lift it over their head then throw it at a target. Just like in darts, they aim for a bull's-eye. Teams are now forming, and instructors are on hand to improve performances.