Tengo Sed Cantina has temporarily shut down in the Power & Light District.
It will reopen in a few weeks under a new “collaborative partnership” with local chef/restaurant owner Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda fame.
Ryan will design the menu and train the chefs, then serve in an advisory role going forward. Tengo will offer a fresh take on classic Mexican food, focusing on coastal cuisine from the Baja region and southern California for “an innovative approach to classic beach street food made with the freshest available ingredients.”
“When Power & Light opened, any negativity that existed there was because there were few local operations,” Ryan said. “Now they’re realizing that Kansas City is intensely loyal and proud of its local operations and they want to establish that connection.”
Ryan started the Port Fonda food truck in mid-2010 and then opened the Port Fonda restaurant in Westport in June of 2012.
Tengo, at 1323 Walnut St. on the first level of the KC Live block, will be renovated with new furniture, paint, decor and flooring, and a new layout that will feature garage doors on the west wall to give the space an indoor/outdoor feel.
But the menu also will be revamped to include gourmet street tacos, house-made salsas, fresh tortillas, guacamole made table-side, and new craft cocktail, including the Paloma, a grapefruit based sparkling tequila cocktail.
A week-long grand opening is planned for April 28 to May 5. Then it will be open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night Tuesday through Sunday.
Tengo Sed Cantina originally opened in the district in March 2008.
“With these improvements, Tengo Sed Cantina will add even more local flair and interest to the Power & Light District’s dining options and increased energy to Walnut Street,” said Nick Benjamin, executive director of the district, in a statement.