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Jim Chappell sells restaurant filled with sports memorabilia, but ‘everything stays’

Tour Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum in North Kansas City

Jim Chappell, owner of Chappell's Restaurant and Sports Museum at 323 Armour Road in North Kansas City, gives a tour of his establishment, which houses Chappell's massive collection of sports memorabilia.
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Jim Chappell, owner of Chappell's Restaurant and Sports Museum at 323 Armour Road in North Kansas City, gives a tour of his establishment, which houses Chappell's massive collection of sports memorabilia.

Jim Chappell is leaving restaurant ownership.

But Chappell’s, which contains one of the nation’s greatest collections of sports memorabilia outside of a hall of fame or museum, will remain in business on Armour Road in North Kansas City with the same sports bar/restaurant concept, Chappell said.

Chappell has sold his business and the displayed memorabilia to a group of local investors headed by David Block of Block & Company, Inc., Realtors, and will operated by Broseph’s Restaurant Group, a California-based company that, according to its website, owns three restaurants, two in the Los Angeles area and one in Mexico.

“It’s been my life, but I sold it because it was time,” said Chappell, who opened the restaurant in 1986.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The treasure trove of memorabilia includes a pair of signed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy, displays of autographed baseballs and uniforms, walls covered with signed photos and pro, college and high school football helmets hanging from every available space on the ceiling.

With more than 10,000 items and hundreds of helmets on display, there likely is something there associated with your favorite team, but the emphasis is on sports in Kansas City and the region. There is a large collection of mementos from the Athletics and Kings, Kansas City’s original major-league team and its NBA team for 13 years.

The menu will be upgraded and Block said changes will be made to the building. But the sports museum concept will remain.

“Everything stays,” said Chappell, who was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Chappell’s has been named one of America’s top 10 sports bars by Sports Illustrated and USA Today, although it has billed itself as a restaurant and sports museum.

Chappell often could be found sitting at the bar chatting with customers, and he said he’ll continue to have a public relations role in the restaurant.

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