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RecordBar owners find a new home downtown

RecordBar, which had to leave its former Westport location in January, will have a new home at 1520 Grand Blvd.
RecordBar, which had to leave its former Westport location in January, will have a new home at 1520 Grand Blvd. jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

Two months after they were forced to move out of their surroundings on the outskirts of Westport, the owners of RecordBar are planning to reopen on the edge of the Crossroads District.

The new RecordBar will reopen at 1520 Grand Blvd., a few blocks south of the Power & Light District and close to other music venues, including the Tank Room, the Green Lady Lounge, the Brick and Crossroads KC.

Steve Tulipana said he and fellow co-owner Shawn Sherrill hope to be fully open this summer. In the meantime, the new venue, which has a capacity of 399 persons, has booked some “pop-up” events in May, including two nights of music — May 6 and 7 — during Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, when it will host 13 bands and three sets of music.

“We will have a great stage, great sound, a bar and hopefully pizza service,” Tulipana said. “We have several other events planned in May. … We are still negotiating long-term ideas for RecordBar at this location and have not signed anything as of yet.”

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This summer, RecordBar was preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary at its founding location, 1020 Westport Road, when the property’s owner told Tulipana and Sherrill he would not be renewing their lease when it expired at the end of 2015. The last show at that location was Jan. 2.

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain

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