Taste, the three-year-old bistro in downtown Overland Park, was opened by chef Jonathan Dallen after he took over the venue from his previous employers, the operators of the restaurant and self-proclaimed "ultra-lounge" Tonic. Dallen created a very appealing menu for Taste: a combination of sophisticated small plates and dinner entrees. When I dined at Taste earlier this month, I discovered that Dallen had turned over executive chef duties at the restaurant to Bobby Stearns.
Dallen did not return calls for this story; Dallen's other culinary venture on this same street, a gelato store called Crave, was sold to different owners last summer and closed by the end of 2011.
"We have a weekly marketing report where we take into account customer comments, and if we get enough requests, we make adjustments or changes," Torline says. "We were an old-fashioned bakery. You come in, pick it up and leave. But our customers wanted to be able to linger."
The expansion work began last month. 3 Women and an Oven will have seating for 12 customers, new office space, and a custom-cake area for consultations as part of their increased wedding cake and catering business.
I can rattle off the names of the ones that I remember: Pi Cappuccino, Cantata Cafe, the Supreme Bean, Crave Cafe, Javanaut. Each of them, no matter how short-lived, had a distinctive personality. But Mud Pie was a completely new incarnation: a casual and utterly un-corporate coffee and snack shop (as different from the Starbucks right down the street as Rooney Mara is from, say, Callista Gingrich) that served both vegan and gluten-free pastries. It was a unique niche for any bakery in the city, but could it support Hughes and the Valverde family (daughter Ella was 18 months old when her parents and grandmother opened the business)?
The answer has been a resounding yes.
The key word is "seizures," which are broken down into three categories when they're entered in the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System: laboratories, chemical or equipment seizures, and dump sites. Thus, each of those incidents doesn't necessarily correspond to an operational meth lab.
Whether you invest in an online review site is to be determined in a different forum from this one, but let's play Lemonade Stand for a minute and pretend you're a fledgling virtual tycoon with the power to trade in any food-related company. I know some people lament that they spend their entire paycheck at Whole Foods (stock symbol: WFM) or feel like they've helped build the Chipotle (CMG) empire. What food company or restaurant — regardless of whether its publicly traded or owned — do you wish you could buy a piece of today?
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There's another clear takeaway, and it's that Google Fiber is the latest remedy for Kansas Citians' obsession with the phrase, "cowtown." The stockyards in the West Bottoms have been shuttered for two decades, but the bovine moniker is proving harder to retire. It either makes for good copy or it's a verbal manifestation of a citywide inferiority complex.
Glad to see they offer a fried version of the almighty calzone.
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