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Sporting KC is opening an entertainment venue in the Power & Light District

A rendering of No Other Pub’s interior.
A rendering of No Other Pub’s interior.

Sporting Kansas City is teaming up with the Cordish Cos. and its affiliated Entertainment Consulting International to open a new entertainment venue in the Power & Light District.

No Other Pub is scheduled to open Feb. 22 in the former Z-Strike space at 1370 Grand Blvd., on the second level of the Kansas City Live Block. The 21,000-square-foot venue is designed to expose more people to the Sporting Kansas City brand, but it also will highlight other sports.

The district first teamed up with Sporting Kansas City to host World Cup watch parties in 2010, giving national promotion to both the team and the district.

In a statement, Robb Heineman, chief executive officer of Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City, and one of the club’s five principal owners, said: “The opening of No Other Pub is a natural extension for us. We are excited to create more memorable experiences at P&L.”

No Other Pub, dubbed a “playground for millennials,” will feature several different areas.

▪ A social lounge will have a selection of local craft beers and spirits, with a daily happy hour featuring the local products.

▪ A gaming parlor will offer four bowling lanes, golf simulators, table tennis, shuffleboard, foosball and darts.

▪ An expansive sports bar will have a 10-by-15-foot video wall and several large-screen TVs. Some booths in the bar will feature table taps so customers can refresh their beers. It also will offer free Wi-Fi and power outlets along the bar so customers can recharge their smartphones.

The menu is still being finalized, but the venue will have a fast casual taco stand.

The No Other Pub name is in tribute to the popular “no other club” chant of the team’s supporter group, the Kansas City Cauldron. Supporters groups will host watch parties at the new bar, offering discounts to their members.

It also will be a pickup and drop-off spot for fans shuttling to matches at the team’s stadium, Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Lucky Strike, an upscale bowling chain, originally opened in the space in March 2008. New owners converted it to Z-Strike in 2012. Z-Strike closed in mid-2014.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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