Meatball District adds Sunday brunch; Crossroads to gain a restaurant, lose a building

Meatball Mary is a specialty at Meatball District’s new Sunday brunch.
Meatball Mary is a specialty at Meatball District’s new Sunday brunch.

Since Meatball District Kitchen + Bar opened in mid-January on 39th Street, its customers have been asking for brunch service.

Now owner Kalpesh “Kal” Tandel will offer a Sunday brunch with a meatball theme. It will include biscuits and gravy, an Egg Slider Trio, and chicken meatballs and waffles, along with signature cocktails such as the Meatball Mary with house-made Bloody Mary mix and meatballs on skewers.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting this Sunday.

Meatball District specializes in meatballs — beef, chicken, pork or veggie with different sauces, as well as meatball sliders and meatball baguettes. Sides include pizza fries, cheesy garlic bread, fried mac-and-cheese bites, and deep fried cheesecake balls.

Crossroads building coming down

Just over a year ago, Ryan Brazeal, owner of the acclaimed Novel restaurant, purchased a two-story building at 1927 McGee St., as well as an empty two-story building at 1935 McGee St.

He plans to put a restaurant on the first floor of 1927 McGee and offices on the second.

But the building at 1935 McGee is coming down.

“I’ve spent a lot of time trying to save the building — working with architects, contractors, the bank. The fact is, it is in too bad a shape,” he said. “I have a lot of employees and a new family to look out for and it is my responsibility to make a reasonable financial decision.”

Brazeal and his fiancée, pastry chef Jessica Armstrong, have a two-month-old daughter, Iris Noelle.

Once the building is down in a few weeks, Brazeal will put in six to eight parking spaces for the future office tenants, a green space, and a small garden for the restaurant, perhaps in conjunction with a local farmer.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC