The Tank Room now open in the Crossroads

01/27/2014 10:31 PM

01/27/2014 10:31 PM

The Tank Room is first a live music venue showcasing local talent and second a tavern specializing in beer and whiskey, the owners said.

Dustin Racen and Chadwick Veach took over a building at 1813 Grand Blvd. and spent about a year renovating the space. They took the interior down to its wood floors and exposed brick walls for a late December opening. Customers said they like its cozy feel and the music is played soft enough that they also can carry on conversations.

The Tank Room has a dozen beers on tap as well as whiskey and cocktails. A bacon-infused Bulleit rye whiskey is one popular order and it also serves pizza-by-the-slice from the new Papa John’s nearby.

A stuffed caribou head that the partners purchased on Craigslist hangs over the bar and has become the Tank Room’s mascot “Caribou Stu.”

The Tank Room is open from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays. Happy hour specials are from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

The partners also plan to open a room downstairs called The Rabbit Hole and eventually a rooftop patio.

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe opens in Northland

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe is now open in the Northland’s The Village at Shoal Creek, and specialty grocer Sprouts Farmers Market is set to join it.

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe opened Monday in an 8,000-square-foot freestanding building at 8380 N. Booth Ave. The Irving, Texas-based chain was founded in 1979. Menu items include half-pound burgers, grilled chicken pecan salad, lemon pepper whitefish, chicken pot pie and country style chicken fried chicken. It also serves such drinks as sweet tea vodkas and fruit infused teas.

Construction on the 125,000-square-foot Shoal Creek center is scheduled to start this spring with the center opening in early 2015.

According to city records, Sprouts wants to open in the building at 8383 N. Booth. However, a spokeswoman for Sprouts said the company will only confirm new locations six months from opening day.

Other Village of Shoal Creek tenants could include full-service restaurants, home decor and fashion stores.

Quick bites

•  Zhen Liu, a native of China, and Naree Lekphaijit, a native of Thailand, are teaming up in a new Northland restaurant.

Saki Asian Sushi Hibachi is scheduled to open in mid-February at 5225 N.W. 64th St.

The menu will include traditional hibachi and wok dishes, noodles and fried rice, sushi rolls, salads and appetizers. Saki specialties will include Korean barbecue short ribs, Thai curry salmon and the Spring Garden (vegetables and fried tofu in a white Cantonese sauce). It also will have a children’s menu and a full bar.

•  Liberty’s The Dish - Famous Stuffed Pizza planned to close when its lease expired in March. It didn’t make it that long.

Owners Jason and Mattie Ransom operated the restaurant for more than 16 years but decided to close it and concentrate on their growing wholesale pizza business, The Dish Frozen Foods in North Kansas City. But after they announced the restaurant closing, a few kitchen employees started leaving for other jobs so the Ransoms decided to close the restaurant early.

“We tried to do the right thing and our employees were the first to know,” said Jason Ransom. “Some stuck around but we lost some in the back of the house and we couldn’t hire for such a short period.”

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