Port Fonda’s Patrick Ryan to help revamp Power & Light venue

04/07/2014 5:23 PM

04/08/2014 6:03 PM

The Power Light District is teaming up with another noted area entrepreneur.

Tengo Sed Cantina, which was temporarily closed by the district’s management, 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. 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 first opened Port Fonda as a food truck. A couple of years later, in mid-2012, he opened the Port Fonda restaurant in Westport.

Tengo Sed Cantina’s new menu will include gourmet street tacos, house-made salsas, fresh tortillas and guacamole made table-side, as well as new craft cocktails, including the Paloma, a grapefruit-based sparkling tequila cocktail.

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.

A weeklong 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.

The partnership with Ryan follows a similar move with Ryan Maybee in the Kill Devil Club, which opened in the Power Light District in mid-2012.

“The big advantage is trying to bring some sort of local creative element into that district,” Maybee said. “I think it is a good partnership and hopefully we will see more of it.”

Quick bites

• Cascone’s Grill North softly opened earlier this month in the Northland.

The Cascone family has owned and operated a River Market restaurant since the mid-1950s. Brothers Frank and George took over after their father, Sam Cascone, passed away in 1992.

But new restaurants coming into the River Market area have been cutting into their sales, so the brothers decided to open a second cafe.

Frank Cascone is the owner and operator of the new restaurant in the Picture Hills Shopping Center at 6427 N. Cosby Ave. Marty’s Bar-B-Q previously operated in the space.

George Cascone will remain at the River Market location at 15-17 E. Fifth St.

The new Cascone’s Grill North offers items like biscuits and gravy, omelets, banana nut french toast, breakfast sandwiches, entree salads and pasta, as well as daily specials including fried fish, corned beef and cabbage, and more.

There’s also the “Big Sam” sandwich — Italian sausage, egg, cheese and hash browns on Italian toast — named after Sam Cascone.

Hours are currently 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday.

• Cupini’s Fresh Pasta Panini is planning to open in Warrensburg, Mo., in May.

The Kansas City-based company is taking a spot at 214 E. Culton St., former home of Monetti’s Pizzeria Ristorante Catering.

Cupini’s, which opened in Westport in 2003, serves hot and cold panini sandwiches, entree salads, soups, pastas, pizzas and vegetarian dishes. “The Gangster” panini has prosciutto, salami, roasted bell peppers, eggplant, provolone cheese and a creamy garlic aioli. The menu also includes such items as spinach pies, lasagna, cannelloni, linguine Bolognese and four-cheese pizza.

Updates Wednesday

Check out the Star’s 816 and 913 news magazines for more retail and restaurant news, including the new Margarita’s South, Peachtree Cafeteria, The Stack BarBQ and Smallcakes Creamery Novelties.

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