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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pee Party: Chappell's Sports Bar and Museum

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 8:17 AM

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Pee Party is an irregular column where we investigate local bar restrooms.

There are a lot of people out there who turn up their noses at the Northland. I don't get it. Sure, there's horrible sprawl, hideous commercial development and soulless subdivisions. But there's also Parkville, which is quaint and cute and situated right on the Missouri River. And there's Armour Road, which is about three minutes from downtown KC and lined with little shops, a Screenland movie house, a Dairy Queen where I sometimes go get Blizzards now that the one on Southwest Boulevard closed, and a handful of restaurants and bars.

One of those, Chappell's Sports Bar & Museum (323 Armour), has a pretty unique angle going. As its name suggests, it serves food and beverages, but also functions as a sort of museum of sports memorabilia. Even if you're not that into sports, the historical artifacts are pretty remarkable. If you're not into sports or old things, I don't know what to say to you. Possibly you do not have a soul.

But what's going on in the restrooms? Follow me, my friends.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bathroom Digest: Teller's Restaurant

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 2:00 PM

BY OWEN MORRIS

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Whoever coined the term "pissing away money" would have felt right at home in the bathroom of Teller's, the upscale Lawrence restaurant. Long before it was Teller's, the building was known as the The First National Bank of Lawrence and like most banks of the era, it had a sizable vault.

Nearly forty years ago the bank moved two blocks to Ninth and Massachusetts, leaving the building and vault empty. The building was occupied by various organizations until the Overland Pizza Company turned into the Italian restaurant now known as Teller's in 1992. The bank vault became the bathroom.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bathroom Digest: Christopher Elbow

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 10:00 AM

By OWEN MORRIS

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Most restaurant employees would look at a person funny if he came in and asked to take photos of the restroom. Not at Christopher Elbow. The workers at the gourmet chocolatier just give a knowing nod. “Some people just go straight to the restroom to show their friends," Rachel Plant tells me. "When Chris has people he knows come in, he’ll take them their first.”

Chris would be the eponymous owner. The former pastry chef at The American Restaurant designed his restroom with the same artistic flair that adorns his chocolates. He event went so far as to steal borrow the sink.

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