JoyceKC: Updates on Cleaver & Cork, Cellar & Loft, Church’s Chicken on Wornall and Mi Asia

Cleaver & Cork , 1333 Walnut St. in the Kansas City Power & Light District.
Cleaver & Cork , 1333 Walnut St. in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Special to the Star

In area restaurant updates:

▪ Cleaver & Cork, 1333 Walnut St. in the Power & Light District, has temporarily shut down its lunch service.

Eric Willey, managing partner, said he plans to start serving lunch again around Mother’s Day, when he also will introduce a new Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting March 4, Cleaver & Cork also will have a “Breakfast for Dinner” late night happy hour from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring “farm to table breakfast bites and hand crafted brunch cocktails.” Some of the dishes and drinks could later be offered at the Sunday brunch.

▪ After five years in the River Market, Cellar & Loft at 525 Walnut St. has a sign on the door saying, “Closed until further notice.” Founder Eddie Kennison said he hasn’t been a partner for over a year, and the other founders, Bill and Maggie Dane, couldn’t be reached for comment. The phone number listed on the website is not in service.

▪ Church’s Chicken has closed at 8404 Wornall Road. A sign on the door says: “Lost our lease. Sorry we closed.”

The health department temporarily shut down the location in mid-August 2015 after a health inspector found significant roach infestation. It corrected the violations and reopened. It had seven critical violations during a Dec. 4 routine inspection.

Officials with Church’s Chicken couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Tutera Group, owner of the Wornall Village shopping center, said Church’s opened in 2002. Tutera is in talks with several restaurant groups about taking over the freestanding former Church’s building with drive-through.

▪ Just a few months after opening at 1513 Grand, Mi Asia Bistro has closed. The landlord has the 1,350-square-foot first-floor restaurant and 1,350-square-foot second-floor event space for sale or lease.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC