Coming to the Crossroads: Another brewery, distillery & two more restaurants

The Crossroads Arts District — especially the East Crossroads — continues to be one of Kansas City’s hottest markets with four new tenants set to join the mix.

▪ City Barrel Brewing Co. — with a tag line “love your city” — is in final negotiations to take a space at 1916 Grand Blvd., on the border between the West and East Crossroads. If all goes as planned it would be open by the end of the year.

The partners are: James Stutsman, who worked in sales and marketing for KC Bier Co. and then as Midwest market manager for Deschutes Brewery in Oregon; Grant Waner, who had worked for a Budweiser distributor in Johnson County for a decade before becoming a regional manager for Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan; and Joe Giammanco, a certified public accountant who recently owned a dog day care business in Waldo.

They raised more than $1.1 million for the 7,800-square-foot brewery, which will have a large open-air covered patio along the front facing Grand. It also will have 10 rotating taps, and four-packs of 16-ounce cans. It will use foeders — 2,000-gallon wine vats made of Missouri oak — as part of its sour program.

“We are going to be filling a void in the Kansas City beer scene — hoppy, wild and sour beers,” Stutsman said.

▪ Ron Rico Puerto Rican Restaurant & Rum Bar plans a First Friday, March 2, opening at 404 E. 18th St.

“There have been Caribbean restaurants in Kansas City but this one will focus on one culture, “ said Titus Bond, who will own it with his brother, Nate. “Foods that pair well with high-quality rum.”

▪ KOBI-Q, a Korean restaurant, Asian grill and bar, plans a late March opening at 1531 Grand Blvd.

▪ Mean Mule Distilling Co., a distillery for American agave spirits, 1733 Locust St., has been distributing its products in Kansas and Missouri for a year. It hopes to open the new distillery by the end of April and add a tasting room in late summer.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC