Blanc Burgers + Bottles, which nearly 10 years ago emerged as a popular high-end burger concept in Kansas City, closed its last location in Leawood on Monday.
The restaurant got its start in Westport in 2008 and later opened locations on the Country Club Plaza, in Leawood’s Mission Farms mixed-use development near Mission Road and Interstate 435 and in Omaha, Neb. It was known for an eclectic burger and beer selection.
Ernesto Peralta, who owned the Blanc Burgers business through a corporate entity called Circle Restaurant Group, had little to say when reached by phone.
“Nothing happened,” he said. “It was time to close. Nothing really happened. Personal decisions.”
He declined to answer further questions before hanging up.
In a statement, Doug Weltner, vice-president Colliers International, broker and developer of Mission Farms, said: “We are always sorry when a chapter of a book closes on a local restaurant, as what happened with Blanc Burgers + Bottles. We are actively pursuing new tenants and hope to have new announcements very soon.”
Mission Farms is celebrating 10 years this month as Leawood's mixed use — live, work, shop and dine — concept.
Circle Restaurant Group in 2014 filed for bankruptcy protection in Kansas.
“We are under protection to reorganize and we feel very strongly that we are going to come out with a plan to move forward,” Peralta said at the time.
The Plaza location closed that same year. Highwoods Properties in 2015 sued Peralta, claiming he and his wife owed the former owner of the Plaza owner $43,949.
The Missouri Department of Revenue in April filed a tax lien against Circle Restaurant Group for $52,838 in taxes due. With interest and other fees, Circle Restaurant Group owes Missouri $73,589.