Locally owned champagne bar Ça Va to open in Westport

10/28/2013 12:10 PM

10/28/2013 12:10 PM

Ça Va, a new champagne bar, plans to open by mid-December in Westport.

“It’s a common check-in in France. Like we say ‘how ya doing?,’ ” said Howard Hanna, a partner in Ça Va and executive chef and co-owner of The Rieger Hotel Grill Exchange in the Crossroads Arts District.

Hanna is opening Ça Va with Justin Norcross, who will be the general manager, and Jim Coley, wine director of Gomer’s Fine Wines and Spirits in Midtown.

“I’m excited to bring a lot of interesting sparkling wines to Kansas City,” Coley said.

Ça Va will specialize in champagne cocktails, along with boutique wines from France, Italy, Spain and the U.S.

“The little guy who owns his land and offers something special and unique,” Hanna said.

Ça Va (pronounced sah vah) also will have a full-bar.

Hanna is still working on the menu but it will include Missouri caviar.

Ça Va is taking a space at 4149 Pennsylvania Ave. Its neighbors will include Port Fonda and Julep, a new bar specializing in whiskey cocktails.

The decor will feature floors made of 100-year-old wood, exposed brick walls and tin ceilings with a grapevine motif.

“It is only 740 square feet so it will be really intimate,” Hanna said. “But we’ll add a patio in the spring that will double the seating.”

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