JoyceKC: New owners, new name for downtown’s Aixois; remodel for Crestwood Aixois; a look at the Holiday Mart

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After more than two years in the Central Business District, Aixois Brasserie is changing owners and names.

Chef Jason Craine, who has been with the restaurant at 1006 Walnut St. since it opened in June 2012, is taking over the spot and changing the name to Charisse, after his wife.

The founders of Aixois Brasserie, Emmanuel and Megan Langlade, also have Aixois Bistro in the Crestwood Shops at 251 E. 55th St. They plan to remodel the bistro and enlarge its coffee bar in early 2015.

“Jason is a great chef and it needs to be a chef-owned restaurant with the chef there all the time. We already do that in Crestwood,” said Megan Langlade.

She said Aixois Brasserie should transition to Charisse by November.

Thomas “Buzz” Willard, president and chief executive officer of Tower Properties, manager of the Commerce Bank Building, said: “Megan and Emmanuel were wonderful to be pioneers in that space.”

Holiday Mart

The Junior League of Kansas City’s 27th Annual Holiday Mart runs through Sunday at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Nearly 200 vendors have set up booths offering such items as headbands, scarves, jewelry, apparel, soaps. hanging chairs, mini indoor golf, toys, and specialty food items like dip mixes, rum cake, and premium horseradish flavors.

Since it began in 1987, the Holiday Mart has helped to raise nearly $9 million for Kansas City community projects.

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