UPDATE: See the Kansas City-area restaurant winners here.
The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association in Wichita will hold its annual “Hospitality Night Out” banquet on Monday, and several KC restaurateurs and home-grown concepts will be honored.
Here’s some of the categories and area nominees:
▪ Hot New Concepts. This award recognizes restaurants that are at the “cutting edge of food service and positioned for growth.”
Local nominees in the running are Chicken N Pickle (with locations in North Kansas City and Wichita); Q39 barbecue (with locations in Overland Park and Kansas City); and Freestyle Poke (with locations in Overland Park, the Liberty area and the River Market).
▪Hall of Fame. Vic Allred, owner of Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, has been nominated for the association’s honor roll. He has three area locations, as well as restaurants in Columbia, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; and Lubbock, Texas.
▪Restaurateur of the Year. Nominees are Kevin Timmons, co-owner of Nick & Jake’s (with locations in Parkville, Overland Park, Shawnee and just south of the Country Club Plaza); T.K. and Emily Peterson of Merchants Pub & Plate in Lawrence; and T.D. O’Connell, owner of Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q (with several locations, including one in Lawrence).