JoyceKC: Smokehouse pub for Waldo, pizza for 39th St., Westport hookah lounge

Artego Pizza will feature works by Kansas City muralist Alexander Austin.
Artego Pizza will feature works by Kansas City muralist Alexander Austin. The Kansas City Star

▪ Nearly a year after Swagger Fine Spirits & Food closed in Waldo, another tenant will open in the space.

KC’s Smokehouse Pub plans to open next week at 8431 Wornall Road after it completes a major remodeling. It will just serve drinks and appetizers at first. It will roll out a new food menu in a couple of months.

Swagger - a Waldo favorite that had been on the Food Network's “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” - closed in late January after losing a rent and possession lawsuit.

▪ Joe Perez, who grew up in Overland Park and played for the Kansas City Chiefs, is kicking off a new restaurant on West 39th Street this week.

His new Artego Pizza is scheduled to open by this weekend at 900 W. 39th St. It will have starters like pizza soup and house-made meatballs with garlic toast, sandwiches like the Di Parma (with spicy Scimeca’s Italian sausage patty topped with marinara, house-made vinegar peppers and onions, and mozzarella and Romano cheeses), and pasta dishes.

Kansas City muralist Alexander Austin has done several large scale works for the space - from Madonna to The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix - that will be for sale. He also will be on-site creating pieces on some days.

Perez also is a co-founder of The Jacobson restaurant and bar in the Crossroads Arts District.

▪ The Egg & I, a breakfast and lunch chain, plans to open a location at 410 S.E. Missouri 291, Lee’s Summit, on Monday. The Centennial, Colo.-based chain was founded in 1987 and now has 109 restaurants, including one in Overland Park.

Breakfast items include crab cake Benedict, pineapple coconut pancakes, huevos rancheros, stuffed French toast and Greek frittatas. The lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches and soups. It also has a children’s menu.

▪ Sher Shah has opened Spot Hookah Lounge at 317 Westport Road. The hookah lounge also serves Turkish coffee, hot tea and other drinks.

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