Friday, January 8, 2010

2009: The good news and the bad news in Fat City

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:27 AM

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A surprising number of new restaurants opened in 2009
​Last year was bittersweet for restaurants in Kansas City. Some venerable names closed after long runs, but at least as many new venues opened -- which in this economy is a very promising sign. Several restaurants moved to bigger quarters. One popular steakhouse, The Majestic Restaurant, got a second chance at life when the building's owners decided to run the restaurant themselves.
 

Here are the restaurants that opened in 2009:

The Burger Stand at Dempsey's

Cafe Augusta

Caliente Grill

Chaz on the Plaza

Chez Elle

Chilli & Spice Indian Bistro

Cozy's Cafe

Cupini's in Prairie Village

Edokko Japanese Restaurant

The Farmhouse

Flo's Cabaret

Fogo de Chao

Fran's

Hamburger Mary's

Hot Basil

Hot Dog Haven

Ingredient in the Power & Light District

Iron Horse Bistro

Jack Gage American Tavern

Julian

Kate's Kitchen

The Marquee

Maxwell's Downtown Grill

Mezzaluna in Brookside

The Mixx in the Power & Light District

Niecie's on Troost

Oak 63

Peachtree Restaurant in the Power & Light District

The Pizza Bar

Prime Rib Grill by Hereford House

R.A. Long's Sawmill Restaurant

RA Sushi

The R Bar

Shabby Hattie's Tea Room

Schezuan House

Spin's Plaza location

Streetside Cafe

The Sweet Guy

The Well

Westside Local

Wild Bill's Legendary Steakhouse & Saloon

Other restaurants didn't fare so well. On the next page, the ones that didn't make it into the next decade...

We said goodbye to:

Adam's Rib Barbecue

Azul Latin Bistro

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Failed Masterpiece: KC Masterpiece was one of the city's restaurant fatalities in 2009

Arun Thai Place

Cafe Song

Chili's in Westport

Corona Cantina #1

Coyote Grill

Delaware Cafe

Falcon Diner

Farraday's

Hereford House downtown

Infused Restaurant & Bar

KC Masterpiece

Leona Yarbrough's Family Restaurant

Mandarinism

Matchstick Barbecue

McAllister's Deli

Mike's Tavern

Napoleon Bakery in Briarcliff

New York Bakery & Delicatessen

Outback Steakhouse in Mission

Pangea

Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill

River Dogs

River Market Brewery

Saddle Ranch Chop House

Seven

Smokin' Joe's Barbecue

The Thai Place in the Northland

Thai Garden

Vinino

Meanwhile, these restaurants moved into new locations in 2009:

Accurso's Italian Restaurant

Cafe Trio

Madame Hatter's Tea Room

Succotash

Tannah's

Here's a toast to the places that opened, congrats to the ones that got newer and better spaces and hope for fewer closings in 2010.

(Image at top via Flickr: Now and Here)

 

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