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North Kansas City adds pickleball, craft brewery; rotisserie chicken coming

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