Ruins Pub to replace Bulldog in the Crossroads

Ruins Pub wants to take over the Bulldog space in the Crossroads.
Ruins Pub wants to take over the Bulldog space in the Crossroads. The Kansas City Star

The Bulldog Restaurant & Bar is closing after more than a decade in the Crossroads Arts District.

The Bulldog is scheduled to close at the end of business on June 6. Owner Dick Snow is in negotiations for a new tenant to lease the 5,400-square-foot space at 1715 Main St., next to Bazooka’s Showgirls.

“I want to lighten my workload a little bit and spend some time with my family,” Snow said. “It was a nice place. I’ve always been proud of the Bulldog, right until the end.”

Snow has had the restaurant and bar for sale for several years but previously turned down several prospective tenants.

“The timing is right and I found the right tenant,” he said.

If all goes as planned, Scott Kalwei will take over, remodeling the space and opening Ruins Pub in the spot by early August. It will be based on the trendy Budapest “ruin bars” — dive bars that are built in the ruins of abandoned buildings.

Ruins Pub will have mismatched furniture, some made by Kalwei like an old clawfoot bathtub turned into a loveseat, as well as creative lighting and works by local artists. Old black and white cartoons will be projected on one wall.

It will have 40 self-serve beer taps (where customers pay via radio-frequency identification), and will offer such menu items as sandwiches, specialty hamburgers, salads and Hungarian soups.

Kalwei had been an engineer at the Ford Motor Co. in Claycomo before quitting three years ago to teach English in the Czech Republic and travel throughout Europe. The ruin bars became a favorite stop.

“They are kind of the coolest bars and a perfect match for the Crossroads,” Kalwei said.

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