Crossroads update: New tavern with ‘gritty glamour’; a lounge with manners in mind

A rendering of the new SoT tavern at 1521 Grand.
A rendering of the new SoT tavern at 1521 Grand.

Ron Berg and his wife, Sheri Stamper, plan to open a tavern next to their Crossroads event space.

SoT will offer “elevated cocktails,” a few small plates, beer, wine and champagne. SoT stands for south of Truman Road, but also for an old British term for a habitual drunkard.

The owners plan a mid-August opening in a 1,000-square-foot space with 14-foot ceilings at 1521 Grand Blvd.

Studio Build, also in the Crossroads, is the architect on the project. Berg said it will have a “gritty glamour with a feminine touch,” with a patio in back.

SoT’s mixologist Erik Mariscal moved here from Oakland, Calif., two years ago to be closer to his wife’s family.

“Fresh ingredient cocktails, things we don’t see every day, in an unpretentious environment,” Mariscal said.

Pre-Prohibition spot

Jill Cockson created a successful cocktail lounge, The Other Room, in Lincoln, Neb., and investors wanted her to bring a similar concept to Kansas City.

Now she wants to open Swordfish Tom’s in a 700-square-foot space in the basement of 210 W. 19th Terrace. It would have a pre-Prohibition feel — texts allowed but no cellphone calls or photos. It would sell cocktails and premium spirits but no beer, wine or shots.

“It’s just about bringing back manners, a nice quaint place for grown-ups,” she said.

If the deal goes through, Swordfish Tom’s will seat a maximum of 30 people and make use of the space’s unique features, including a stone wall and boiler.

Cockson earned a degree from Rockhurst University in 2000. The Other Room was a James Beard 2015 semifinalist under “Outstanding Bar Program.”

Pizza and pints

Homeslice Pizza & Pints wants to open at 1501 Grand Blvd.

City officials said the business would like to put in a rooftop deck but the owners couldn’t be reached for comment.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC