Six months ago, Fat City reported that Wes Gartner and Jill Myers, the owners of 11-year-old Moxie Catering, had leased the R Bar location, at 1617 Genessee in the West Bottoms, from the building's owner (and former R Bar operator) Joy Jacobs and planned to move the catering business into the space.
At the time, Wes Gartner told me that he planned to open a restaurant in the venue within a few months and he wasn't ready to reveal the name of the dining spot.
It now has a name, Voltaire - the pen name of French writer and philosopher Francoise Marie Arouet - and a tentative opening date: Valentine's Day, 2013.
Sporting Kansas City announced today that it had signed Ecuadorian and Argentinian striker Claudio Bieler, who just wrapped up the season as the second highest goal scorer in Ecuador's top league. The 28-year-old is leaving the club LDU Quito, where he owns the team record for career goals with 71 in 155 games. This is good news even for the casual Sporting fan, because he scores goals. In 2009, he led the league in scoring with 22 goals. And an electric scoring forward will be a welcome addition to Sporting, which scored 42 goals in 34 games last season, which was 12th most in the league.
Sporting also announced that it will start next season on March 2 at Philadelphia, and host the Chicago Fire on March 16 for their home opener at Livestrong Sporting Park.
And now, highlights! In the above clip, Sporting coach Peter Vermes talking about why he wanted to sign Bieler. After the jump there's a clip of a hat trick Bieler scored earlier this year.
The Merriam City Council gave its unanimous approval Monday to the planned Ikea at the Johnson Drive exit off Interstate 35. Today the Swedish furniture manufacturer released a statement saying that construction will begin next summer, and the store will start selling brightly colored home furnishings and meatballs in the fall of 2014. Stubby golf pencils for everyone!
In other news, coach Gary Pinkel named a new offensive coordinator. Josh Henson, the former offensive line coach, takes over an offense that was 11th in the SEC for total yards.
Mayor Sly James's vision of building "Silicon Prairie" took a quantum leap forward when he successfully lobbied Google to partner with Kansas City in an exclusive test of its ultrahigh-speed fiber network, giving residents access to Internet service 100 times faster than average broadband speeds across the country. As a result, new businesses and entrepreneurs are already starting to come to this Midwestern tech mecca.
Whether technology, as Newsweek later asserts, is directly responsible for a "resurgence in the downtown population" is a debate for another post, but a Kansas City mayor making national headlines for the work he's doing in his office is a nice change of pace.
If you're looking to rate the excitement of Sunday's contest between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, then the above video should tell you the entire story [H/T The Big Lead]. A Raiders' fan spends seven minutes tracking a stubborn pigeon that refuses to leave the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum despite the chaos of two tons of men lumbering around it in pads.
The pigeon appears to be running an out pattern before it veers away from the sidelines and heads back for the Raiders' logo at midfield. Interested animal lovers will appreciate that the Chiefs' players ignored the avian intruder. Several Raiders, most noticeably guard Mike Brisiel, were ineffective in their attempts to budge the pigeon from the pitch. It, like all streakers, is eventually led off the field by Raiders' personnel. The pigeon is not tackled; however, it's escorted out in a bucket. This is, sadly, seven of the most entertaining minutes of the Chiefs' season.
Humans rely on a lot of different sources for caffeine. And, as NPR writes, the market is only going to grow - think caffeinated jerky and Cracker Jack'd (the 'd' stands for extreme). I've tried caffeinated gum (a bit like chewing a metallic, wet sock) and a small piece of high-end dark chocolate (delicious but with unclear results). Where do you look besides coffee for caffeine?
SSION just keeps turning out next-level dance videos. Cody Critcheloe & co. recently released a video for "Psy-Chic," a track off SSION's LP, Bent. Enjoy above.
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