Westport’s new wave of retail, restaurants and music venues

Westport — that Midtown entertainment, restaurant and retail district — is about to get more of all three.

In the coming weeks expect these openings:

•  Volume 1ne (for volume one) plans a Nov. 1 opening at 427 Westport Road. The shop is described as a “sneaker and street fashion” boutique.

•  New owners are taking over the former America’s Pub. Off Key Entertainment LLC plans to open two new bars in the 9,000-square-foot space at 510 Westport Road before the end of the year.

“You won’t be able to recognize the place,” said Aaron Beatty, a partner in Off Key. “Both of the concepts are pretty unique, and we think they will pull from a wider geographic area.”

•  Frank Sebree, co-owner of the Majestic Restaurant downtown, plans to open Baked in Kansas City in late October in the former Napoleon Bakery space at 706 Westport Road. The upscale-casual bakery and bistro will keep daily hours and long ones at that — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The “baked” in the name comes from the fresh baked French bread, pizza dough, flatbread, and patisserie rolls on the menu, with many ingredients from local sources, and meats roasted in-house.

The weekday menu will include pastries, coffee and fresh juices for breakfast. Lunch items will include sandwiches, soups, quiches and specialty pizzas. The dinner menu will include many of the lunch items and entrees and daily specials, and it will be full service. On Saturday and Sunday, Baked in Kansas City will have a made-to-order brunch menu.

Baked in Kansas City’s specialties will include such items as buffalo sausage gravy and cream biscuits (and maybe a vegetarian version using shiitake mushrooms); Eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, baked French toast, omelets, and salads such as the steak burger and the salmon BLT. Sandwiches will include an herb garden turkey or rotisserie chicken salad.

•  Cucina della Ragazza, an Italian deli and wine bar, is planning a late October or early November opening at 301 Westport Road.

“Deli and wine seem like an odd combination but it is a combo I like,” said owner Laura Norris. “I want it to be accessible and affordable.”

The deli will serve mostly Italian sandwiches with some Jewish specialties. Thursday through Saturday it will be open for dinner service.

•  The Westport Saloon, a live music venue, had a soft kickoff last weekend at 4112 Pennsylvania Ave. and plans to start its regular schedule later this week.

“It will have live music — from country rock to red dirt to rockabilly to the new stuff they call stomp, and singer-songwriters. And barbecue in the kitchen,” said Bill Nigro, a partner in Westport Saloon.

The Dark Horse Tavern recently closed in the spot.

“Our sales were OK, but there are so many bars in Westport that kind of have that same format,” Nigro said. “There needed to be bar in Westport leaning more toward the country side of things.”

KCK’s Legends Outlets adds thre kiosk retailers

Legends Outlets Kansas City has three new tenants for its new outdoor retail cart area called the Legends Marketplace.

The new tenants are KC Toy Box, selling remote control helicopters, cars, planes and other items; Shades World, sunglasses and costume jewelry; and Wireless Toys, cellphone accessories.

The marketplace is near the smokestack and T-Rex Cafe in Legends Outlets, at Interstate 435 and Parallel Parkway (just north of Interstate 70) in Kansas City, Kan.

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