Instead of making birthday cake, Aaron Confessori and Rich Wiles, the co-owners of the Westport Cafe & Bar, are celebrating the venue's fifth anniversary with free frites
. It's an offer good through the end of June.
When Confessori was a 19-year-old college student at Wichita State — majoring in ceramics — he would make the occasional foray to Kansas City, and he liked going to Westport to see the variety of bars and restaurants.
"I remember sitting in a Westport restaurant, back in 1996, thinking, 'One day, I'm going to own one these,' " Confessori says.
Less than a decade
More than a decade later, after completing culinary school in New York City, Confessori took over the original Blanc Burgers + Bottles space at 419 Westport Road and transformed it into his ideal 60-seat bistro
. One of his first employees, 19-year-old fledgling chef Rich Wiles, became indispensable in the kitchen.
Today Wiles and Confessori co-own the popular restaurant, which turned five years old yesterday, June 16. As part of the anniversary festivities, Westport Cafe & Bar is giving all customers who come in
for a drink or a meal a complimentary bowl of the venue's golden, crispy fried potatoes, pommes frites.
This offer is good through June 30, 2015. "You have to order something to get them," Confessori says.
"And dine-in only," Wiles adds.