JoyceKC’s notebook: 3 new restaurants and a place to get meatballs

Here are some recent Kansas City restaurant news:

▪ Kalpesh “Kal” Tandel recently relocated to Kansas City when his wife transferred for her job. His family has owned restaurants in San Francisco and now he plans to do his own concept, one that will focus on meatballs, which he considers a good fit for a barbecue- and steak-loving town.

His Meatball District Kitchen + Bar is scheduled to open in early 2016 in the former Saigon 39 space at 1806 1/2 W. 39th St.

It will serve beef, chicken, pork and veggie meatballs with different sauces, as well as meatball sliders and meatball baguettes. Sides will include spaghetti rigatoni, risotto, steamed vegetables, mixed greens, mashed potatoes, beer-battered onion rings, salads and garlic bread. It also will have gluten-free items and a full bar.

“I wanted to offer something different and people love meat out here,” Tandel said.

▪ Krokstrom’s Klubb & Market, Scandinavian small plates and craft cocktails, is in negotiations to take a currently occupied spot at 36th and Broadway.

Menu items will include its house specialty — smörgåsbord with an assortment of cheeses, fish, cured meats, housemade pickles and sauces. It also will have open-faced sandwiches such as the Gravlax (beet-cured salmon with horseradish, marmalade and celery leaf on knäckebröd (a rye crisp bread), and smoked trout in a hole (flaked smoked trout with green apple, celery and fennel salad with sour cream).

Salads will include Golden Beet Carpaccio (shaved golden beet, raw mushrooms, chives, quinoa and greens) and Figgy Green Bean (green beans with walnut and fig dressing). Asparagus with poached egg will be one of the soup offerings.

As for the small plate menu, expect such items as salmon croquettes, mussels with apple Dijon cream, lingonberry duck breast, fried pork chops with butterscotch calypso beans and mushrooms, and potato-crusted whitefish.

▪ Two former managers of Niecie’s Restaurant and Lounge are taking over the spot for a new sports bar.

Davina Vann is the owner, and her longtime boyfriend, Terry Wyatt, will be general manager of Rookies Sports Lounge & Grille, at 927 E. 85th St. They plan a Nov. 1 opening.

The menu will include such house-made items as fried catfish filet, southern fried shrimp, specialty burgers, chicken and waffles, seafood ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs.

It also will have DJs on some nights after 8 p.m.

“I wanted to get out of the bar business and concentrate on my restaurants in Raytown and on Troost,” said Denise Ward, former owner of Niecie’s Restaurant and Lounge.

▪ Granny’s Variety Soul Foods opened Saturday at 3445 Prospect Ave. The menu includes wings, fish, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, shrimp, tacos and burritos, as well as entrees like chicken quarters, meat loaf, Salisbury steak, pork chops, ribs and brisket. Sides include fried okra, baked beans, green beans, greens and hot water cornbread.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC