Ten years ago, before veteran restaurateurs Steve Greer and Bill Teel had purchased the iconic Golden Ox in the West Bottoms (1600 Genessee, 816-842-2866), the venue's then-owner, Jerry Rauschelbach, opened a short-lived outpost of Kansas City's oldest steakhouse in the vacant Houston's location at 95th Street and Metcalf. The Pitch reviewed the new restaurant at the time and found it lacking. It wasn't around very long.
But an opportunity for Teel and Greer to take over an all-but-abandoned dining room in the Clarion Hotel at 7000 West 108th Street in Overland Park - last occupied by the ill-fated Bistro La Scala - has returned an abbreviated version of the Golden Ox to Johnson County.
"We've been doing the breakfasts in the hotel for several weeks," Teel says. "We'll add dinner service by the end of May."
But the dining room, he stresses, will not be a second Golden Ox. "It will be called the Ox Bar & Grill," Teel says. "There will be a couple of steaks on the menu, but the menu will be primarily designed for the hotel guests."
Teel and Greer were brought to the hotel by its new owner, Jim Dickerson, CEO of the Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre in Excelsior Springs. "We provide the food service for the dinner theater," Teel says.
Lunch service, which was very popular in this location back when the property was a Rodeway Inn, is still in discussion, Teel says.