New brewery opening in the Crossroads

04/01/2014 1:08 PM

04/01/2014 1:08 PM

The East Crossroads area will soon be home to a new American craft brewery.

Torn Label Brewing Co. is taking a 7,000-square-foot space in the Studios Inc. at 1708 Campbell St. for a brewery and taproom expected to open later this year.

The brewery partners describe American craft beer as a melting pot of styles with a range from “aggressively hoppy pale ales to barrel-aged sour beers fermented with wild yeast. American craft comprises a wealth of flavor palates and creative possibilities.”

Torn Label, which will have a 15-barrel system, plans to start with about a half-dozen beers, including a honey beer, an alpha pale ale and a coffee-infused stout. It will offer its flagship brews year-round and also have seasonal beers.

“A town the size of Kansas City should have a handful of breweries. We surged ahead with Boulevard and then we fell behind,” said Chad Troutwine, co-founder of Torn Label. “We want people to take a moment and think about their beer choices. As long as we make interesting and flavorful brews, we are confident people will buy them.”

Torn Label has four partners:

• Troutwine, who has several degrees including an MBA from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also has developed several properties in the Crossroads and City Market areas. He has a diploma in brewing from the Siebel Institute of Technology and formerly owned a beer distributorship in Missouri. He also has made more than a dozen independent feature films.

• Rafi Chaudry, an avid home brewer. Chaudry also has produced four independent films since graduating from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

• Travis Moore, who also has a law degree, will be the brewmaster. He has been a homebrewer for a decade but volunteered at Pipeworks Brewing Co. in Chicago to learn the differences in scaling the process.

• Carol Troutwine formerly was editor, publisher and owner of the Smithville Herald and mayor of Smithville. She also owned beer distributorships in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. She is Chad Troutwine’s mother.

Smallcakes opens on 39th Street

Smallcakes A Cupcakery is now open on 39th Street’s restaurant row.

“We love it. There has just been tons and tons of foot traffic,” said Kevin Combs, an area franchisee for Smallcakes. “We have locations in every suburb, but this is our first in Kansas City, Mo.”

The shop had a soft opening Friday at 1710 W. 39th St. It sells a variety of gourmet cupcakes, including creamy lemon, caramel crunch and peanut butter cup. Rotating flavors will include pink champagne, root beer float, Lick My Butterfinger, chocolate malt, maple bacon, PB and Fruity Pebbles.

Combs also plans to open a Smallcakes food truck in the next few weeks.

Restaurant openings

• The Mixing Bowl Noshery, a locally owned breakfast/lunch/dinner venue, plans to open at 6 a.m. Wednesday at 520 Southwest Blvd., former home of Franks gourmet hot dogs. Items will include sandwiches, burgers, tenderloins, entree salads, soups and lunch platters including chicken fingers or fish.

• Five Guys Burgers and Fries is scheduled to open Wednesday in Adams Dairy Landing, 1202 N.E. Coronado Drive, Blue Springs.

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