Bread & Butter Concepts is moving its headquarters to the East Crossroads.
The company, currently at 1201 W. 47th St. in the West Plaza, is taking an 18,000-square-foot building at 1720 Cherry St. for its offices, an event space and an expanded space for Missing Ingredient, an urban farm.
The 8,000-square-foot event space, which will be called Celebration, will have a kitchen and bar. The decor will be a mix of “industrial and refined elements” by Realm Architecture & Design. It is already booking for fall events.
Its kitchen also will serve as a test kitchen for Bread & Butter’s restaurants: BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Gram & Dun, República, Taco Republic and Urban Table.
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Missing Ingredient will take 5,000 square feet to grow fresh produce that is pesticide-free and herbicide-free. Bread & Butter Concepts is a partner with Chris DiGirolamo and Joseph Carr in Missing Ingredient.
Missing Ingredient farms indoors using hydroponics and LED lighting. It mostly has been servicing Bread & Butter restaurants, as well a few other locally owned restaurants and grocery stores, but now will double in size with plans to add clients.
Bread & Butter Concepts’ corporate office, with about 15 employees, will be in the remaining 5,000 square feet.
“We just really like what is going on down there. It’s just really exciting — the growth and the great old buildings down there,” said Alan Gaylin, founder of Bread & Butter.
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Kansas City’s B&G Realty Investments has a contract to purchase two buildings at 1818 and 1822 Main St. — 6,000 square feet each — and will renovate them for retail, restaurant and office use.
“We are looking for a couple of nice upscale bars and restaurants, but also a deli,” said partner Mark Latshaw. “We think it is an up-and-coming area.”
The one-story building at 1818 Main St. had previously housed nightclub tenants. The two-story building at 1822 Main St. shows up in the city directory as the State Bank Building in 1918.
The buildings will be subdivided. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-March.
The bank building also includes a one-story building on the south side that was added as a drive-thru for the bank and could house a coffee shop.