Monday, February 16, 2015

MO Brew is now open on West 39th Street

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Goodbye Kansas, hello Missouri.
  • Goodbye Kansas, hello Missouri.

Rising from the ashes of the unfortunately named Kansas Town comes another state-themed establishment at 1403 W. 39th Street: MO Brew.

Where Kansas Town was an attempt at artistically progressive dining, MO Brew is going for a more casual vibe. Owner Chad Sander says, "We're an entertainment-themed beer bar with comfort food, specializing in Midwest craft." 

Sander is also an owner of the bar next door, Drunken Worm (which is celebrating its first anniversary this month), and a managing partner at downtown joint John's Big Deck. MO Brew has been quietly open, with a limited menu, since early February. Sander says they'll be adding some more dishes, and possibly some beers, in the next few weeks, with a grand opening tentatively set for the weekend of February 27.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Drop has a new chef and part owner: Hope Dillon

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Chef Hope Dillon wanted to open a cafe and market on 31st Street (and still might do so), but now she has an ownership stake in the Drop.
  • Chef Hope Dillon wanted to open a cafe and market on 31st Street (and still might do so), but now she has an ownership stake in the Drop.

When the Drop — a combination saloon and bruschetta bistro — opened in late 2006, at 409 East 31st Street, the creative team behind the venue was Ernesto Peralta, Eddie Crane and Josh Eans. None of those men is connected with the Drop today, though. It's now operated by restaurateur Chris Ridler (Sol Cantina, Zócalo Mexican Cuisine). And now there's a new, but very familiar, chef in charge of the kitchen.

Eight weeks ago, Hope Dillon — whose resume includes stints at Blue Bird Bistro, Vivilore and Poco's Latin American Grill — took over. She says she was offered an ownership stake in the eight-year-old restaurant, which serves lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch to the Martini Corner faithful.

"I wanted to do a café and market in the Union Hill neighborhood," Dillon says, "so I wrote a business plan and took it to Chris Ridler to talk about possible locations. And that's when the deal for the Drop started."

Dillon immediately started working on the menus.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

With J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey, Ryan Maybee resurrects a KC classic

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM


This week, Kansas City's whiskey-loving population has a completely legitimate reason to spend a few hours imbibing after work: the introduction of the much-anticipated J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey. On Monday, Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey hit local shelves and bars. Ryan Maybee, co-owner at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and its sublevel speakeasy, Manifesto, and co-founder of the resurrected J. Rieger & Co. label, says that to date, 58 local bars are carrying the product - and the number keeps rising. 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Matchbox Bar and Grill now open across the street from former location

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Sports and bar food on the Boulevard.
  • Sports and bar food on the Boulevard.

After failing to reach a new lease agreement with its landlord, Matchbox Bar and Grill — a cozy, unassuming sports bar on Southwest Boulevard — packed up and moved earlier this summer. It didn't go far. Its new location is the former home of Dave's Grill and Sports Bar, at 2934 Southwest Blvd — across the street and a couple blocks west of the Matchbox's former home at 2853 Southwest Blvd. 

"We've been here since the second week of July, but we just got our liquor license last week," says manager Beth Adams. "We had our grand opening last Friday, on Halloween."

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

At Zoo Bar, a different kind of Royals watch party

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

So close to P&L, yet so far away.
  • So close to P&L, yet so far away.

McFadden’s, the hulking sports bar in the middle of the Power & Light District, has benefited from the Kansas City Royals’ postseason run more than perhaps any other drinking establishment in the metro. The bar spills out onto a public courtyard, where fans by the thousands have been gathering to watch the games on a giant projector. Royals players have been celebrating at McFadden’s after home wins, which keeps the party going long after the games; Eric Hosmer memorably dropped $20,000 on a bar tab for the fans after the Royals bounced the Los Angeles Angels from the playoffs last week. The postseason parties are wherever you want to make them, of course, but the big party is wherever the players are. So far this year, that’s P&L, and McFadden’s specifically.

Approximately 1,000 feet northeast of the Power & Light District is the anti-McFadden’s, a dirty, old, cash-only dive called Zoo Bar. On Wednesday afternoon, a few doors down from Zoo Bar, a man sat in the passenger seat of an early-2000s model Ford Mustang, smoking a thin Black and Mild cigar emitting a dubious aroma. Denny Matthews’ voice wafted from the car's speakers. Every now and then, faint roars traveled over from the watch party at P&L, audible to Zoo Bar patrons sitting close enough to the bar's entrance.

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For Royals fans, it all ended well at the Well on Wednesday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

"Only 26 outs left!"

That shout emerged over the din of 200 Kansas City Royals fans packing the Well, clapping to celebrate the Baltimore Orioles' first out of Wednesday afternoon's game.

In many ways, it was the most perfect October day seen in this town since 1985. The sun was out, the air was crisp, and the Well's staff lifted the garage doors to let in the outside air like it was mid-May. All of that, plus the Royals were playing for a World Series berth, with the first pitch going down at a time that induced no shortage of afternoon workplace hooky.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Larry Johnson was arrested at a bar? Not again!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The young man once held so much promise.
  • The young man once held so much promise.
Larry Johnson's seven years as a Kansas City Chief were marked by a couple of remarkable seasons (2005, 2006), during which he set the franchise record for most rushing yards in a single season and the league record for most rushing attempts, AND ALSO a litany of off-the-field infractions that reflected very poorly on the man's character. A browsing of our archive nets several dozen posts related to Johnson's nonathletic exploits. Most have to do with his saying homophobic things in public and getting into fights, often with women, at now-closed local clubs like Blonde and the Drink. Feel free to stroll down memory lane here.

Last we heard from Johnson, he was makin' it rain as a part-time DJ at a strip club called Tootsie's Cabaret, in Miami. Today comes word that Johnson was arrested following a bar fight last night in Miami.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Port Fonda's Caitlin Corcoran won the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition last night

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

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Last night, at the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition, Port Fonda's Caitlin Corcoran beat out 11 other finalists (all of whom were male, for what it's worth). This is the second year in a row that a woman has taken home the crown; last year, the American's Paige Unger won the competition. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: The Rieger's Jenn Tosatto makes a drink fit for a queen

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

  • Zach Bauman

Early on a weekday afternoon, Jenn Tosatto is a blur of impressive mohawk and bar-themed tattoos as she preps for happy hour behind the handsome bar at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. She commands this space Monday through Friday, a queen pre siding over her loyal court during those most holy (and most necessary) of hours.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Charlie Hooper's is being sold to the owners of Lew's and the Well

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

  • Sold!
There have been some minor alterations inside Brookside neighborhood tavern Charlie Hooper's lately. There's a new bar, the floors have been refinished, and the shuffleboard table has been jettisoned in favor of high tables. The rumor has been that Hooper's owner, Bob Regan, who lives in Vermont, was shopping around the bar for a sale.

It appears now that he found a buyer. Chris and Andy Lewellen (Lew's, the Well) are soon to formally purchase the business.

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