Snow & Co. planned to be on the cusp of a Crossroads Arts District boom when it opened in late 2011.
It was just a couple of blocks from the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and a couple of restaurants were looking to open across the street. The high-quality frozen cocktail concept would complement the neighborhood, offering consumers a place to go before or after a performance or after dinner.
But those restaurants never opened and now Snow & Co.’s owners plan to relocate their Crossroads operation.
They are signing a lease today for the former The Union of Westport space at 421 Westport Road. They will have 3,800 square feet altogether on the street level, in the former basement bar space and on an outdoor patio.
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“The Crossroads is having an identity crisis right now. It’s not sure what it’s going to be,” said Jerry Nevins, a partner in Snow & Co. with Andy Talbert and Lauren Cloud. “But Westport and the developers over there definitely have a vision and have been revitalizing the area to compete with Power & Light and welcome concepts such as ours, a lot of very unique Kansas City concepts — Ça Va, Julep, the Doughnut Lounge, Beer Kitchen. And now concepts like HopCat coming in.”
HopCat craft beer bar and restaurant is opening at 401 Westport Road later this year.
Snow & Co. plans to close at its current location at 1815 Wyandotte St. in late September and reopen in Westport in early October.
“We may come back to the Crossroads someday if they figure out they want to be an entertainment district,” Nevins said.
Snow & Co. also has a location in Gladstone.
The menu includes frozen cocktails like the Benny & De June with Koval gin and Esprit de June, hot cocktails like Apple Butter Whiskey with Midnight Moon apple pie moonshine, as well as beer, wine and well drinks, flatbread pizzas, cheese trays, and Scimeca’s meatball sliders with Tito’s vodka sauce, salads, and hot sandwiches like corned beef and sauerkraut.