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NKC adds pickleball, craft brewery; rotisserie chicken coming

Jack Goza of Overland Park moved forward to hit the ball as a Bill Koning of Olathe and Alex Staab of Kansas City waited for the return. Goza’s teammate was Mike Zee of Overland Park.
Jack Goza of Overland Park moved forward to hit the ball as a Bill Koning of Olathe and Alex Staab of Kansas City waited for the return. Goza’s teammate was Mike Zee of Overland Park. jledford@kcstar.com

Chicken N Pickle is the latest addition to a growing North Kansas City entertainment hub.

The rotisserie chicken restaurant — the chicken in Chicken N Pickle —will open in October. The pickleball courts — the pickle in Chicken N Pickle — are now open.

Pickleball is described as a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong, and as one of the fastest-growing games in the country. The owners said it is played on a tennis-like court with an oversized ping pong paddle.

For now, the Chicken N Pickle complex, at 1761 Burlington Ave., includes:

▪ Four indoor and four outdoor pickleball courts. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Rates run from $5 for an hour of open play between 8 a.m. and noon Monday to $20 an hour to reserve a court.

▪ The indoor courts can be turned into a 9,200-square-foot event space for weddings, receptions, team building and corporate outings.

▪ A beer garden with picnic tables and a concession stand selling such items as Thou Mayest coffee, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, Greek yogurt with local honey and granola, grass-fed burgers, Rotisserie Amish chicken, and salads. It also has daily specials, including Meatball Mondays and Luau Fridays with Huli Huli chicken, Char Sui, and coconut lime shrimp skewers.

▪ A food truck hub sets up from about 5:30 p.m. to close Fridays through Sundays.

The 6,000-square-foot, wood-fired rotisserie chicken restaurant is scheduled to open October. The half-acre property also will have lawn games such as bocce ball and Connect4, fire pits and a TVs for watching games and other events.

Bill Crooks, a founder of the PB&J Restaurant Group, is now a consultant and operations manager for Chicken N Pickle. He grew up in the Northland and said his grandfather’s farm was on the site of the Briarcliff development.

Chicken N Pickle counts Cinder Block Brewery and Restless Spirits Distilling Co. among its neighbors.

Calibration Brewery

Locally owned Calibration Brewery is now open at 119 N. Armour Road. Currently on tap: coconut brown ale, milk stout, golden ale, IPA, Hefeweizen, Scottish Ale and brown ale.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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