Power & Light District nightclub will get a million-dollar makeover

Hotel Nightclub closed Saturday and is to reopen in the late fall after a makeover.
Hotel Nightclub closed Saturday and is to reopen in the late fall after a makeover. The Kansas City Star

Hotel Nightclub is getting a makeover nearly four years after opening in the Power & Light District.

The owner, ECI Inc. — which is affiliated with district developer the Cordish Cos. — plans to spend in excess of $1 million to renovate and expand the club on the second floor of 1300 Grand Blvd.

Hotel Nightclub closed Saturday and is scheduled to reopen in the late fall.

Nick Benjamin, executive director of the district, said there is a gap in the market for venues seating 500 to 1,000 people. The expanded Hotel Nightclub will hold up to 1,000 people for live music and DJ performances. Details are still being worked out, but it also could have a VIP area with about 100 seats.

Pie Five Pizza expansion

The area franchisee for Pie Five Pizza Co. plans up to 10 more locations.

Dave Goebel, former president and chief executive officer of Applebee’s, along with wife Jan, sons Kerry and Kevin, and daughter Lyssa, signed a Pie Five franchise agreement in May 2013 for 10 locations under KC Pie LLC.

They have since opened locations in Leawood, Lenexa, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka and Westport. They will open a Manhattan, Kan., restaurant on Friday and one in Lawrence in late April as part of their original agreement for 10 locations.

Now they plan to “strategically fill in trade areas in the Kansas City metro area.”

The Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza Co. is known for its handcrafted pizza crusts topped with fresh ingredients and baked in just 145 seconds in a custom-designed oven. Pie Five also offers fresh salads served in a baked pizza dough bowl, brownies and cookie pies.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC