River Market wine shop to add pizza

08/12/2013 11:49 PM

08/12/2013 11:49 PM

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison is expanding his River Market offerings.

Kennison opened his Cellar Loft wine shop, at 525 Walnut St., nearly three years ago with Bill and Maggie Dane. Now the partners have taken over the spot next door at 527 Walnut for a new pizza component set to open in about 60 days.

They had planned to call the pizza place Slap Yo Momma, which Kennison says is a term of endearment.

“Food so good you want to ‘slap yo momma.’ After my mom cooks she holds up her chin like we are going to slap her because she knows her food is good,” he said.

But on Friday, after talking with the city and state liquor control departments, the partners realized that using a different name for the pizza place would require more liquor licensing paperwork and push back the opening.

So the pizza operation will just be a part of Cellar Loft. It will sell gourmet pizzas — from vegetarian to an all-meat pizza, and seasonal pizzas using fresh ingredients from the farmers market — along with warm bread with dipping oils, and meat and cheese trays.

The space formerly housed the Tamale Wizard and the Original Antonio’s Pizzeria Walnut Deli.

Brazilian market to open Monday

Two natives of Brazil plan to sell some of their homeland’s specialties in a new City Market shop.

Marco Rabello and Cristian Maciel plan to open Taste of Brazil Market on Monday at 25 E. Third St. It will sell Brazilian beverages, chocolates, coffees, candies, clothing, jewelry, candles and art. Items will include fresh green coconut water, Brazilian pastries such as pão de queijo (cheese bread), acai berry bowls and other acai products, and sandwiches including sirloin, chicken and pork. The partners also plan to add catering services in October.

“People come to the City Market to see something different, and we have stores here selling products from all over the world,” Rabello said.

About 11 years ago, Rabello came to the area on a full scholarship to play volleyball at Park University with plans to get his degree and then return home. A year later he recruited best friend Maciel to come to Park to play on the team.

Instead of returning to Brazil, they both married and now each has two young children. Rabello was the grill master and service manager at Em Chamas Brazilian Grill, and Maciel had previously been a partner in Fazenda Brazilian Grill in the Northland.

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