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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hearth Bakery in Weston now called — very accurately — Hearth Bread Co.

Hearth Bakery in Weston now called — very accurately — Hearth Bread Co.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

At Hearth, it's all about the bread.
  • At Hearth, it's all about the bread.

When Dylan Low opened his first business last month, he called it Hearth Bakery. But he’s already changing the name.

"My focus is on bread," says the 21-year-old graduate of the Napa Valley branch of the Culinary Institute of America. "I'm not a traditional bakery. I don't sell cookies or pies."

So Low — rhymes with loud — has changed the name of his shop at 17985 State Route 45 North in Weston to Hearth Bread Co. It's a more fitting moniker for a place that sells four varieties of bread each day, baked in a brick-and-concrete, wood-burning oven that Low built himself. He does offer pastries — apple or blueberry fritters, beignets, brioche morning buns — on Saturdays. Get up early. Those sweet things tend to sell out fast.

"There's usually a line out the door on Saturday morning," Low says.

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  • Hearth Bakery in Weston now called — very accurately — Hearth Bread Co.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Season + Square's owners ready their nearby Plate for a fall opening

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM

There's still a wait for Plate.
  • There's still a wait for Plate.

Most Kansas City diners have never heard of Valter Nassi, the Italian-born owner of the celebrated Salt Lake City restaurant Valter's Osteria.

But Nassi's presence will be felt when Andrea Morrow Joseph and her husband, Christian, open their East Brookside bisto, Plate, at 6201 Oak, later this year. "We're pushing for early November," Christian Joseph says. "We have some of our permits already."

Christian Joseph worked with Nassi when he lived in Salt Lake City and was so inspired by the larger-than-life restaurateur that he's sending the chef he has hired for Plate — the Josephs won't reveal who it is because he is for now employed at another restaurant — to work a stint at Valter's Osteria.

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Savory Spice opens first Kansas City store in Brookside

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Chris Curtis has a spice blend for you.
  • Chris Curtis has a spice blend for you.

A friend of mine, a professional chef, once yelled at me for purchasing spices at any venue but a true spice shop.

"If you buy them at a supermarket or, even worse, a dollar store, you have no idea how old the spices are," he says. "They do get old, you know, and it affects the flavor and the potency. I've seen spices at discount stores that look like they could have come out of the tomb of Tutankhamun!"

Chris Curtis, the manager of the three-day-old Savory Spice store at 6245 Brookside Boulevard, agrees.

"A safe amount of time for storing spices," he says, "is three to six months. Some spices, like cinnamon, can lose their flavor faster. We tell our customers to store their spices in a cool, dry place. But not the refrigerator."

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Ramen coming to midtown, too?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 5:07 PM

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The simple answer? Yes.

Chef Patrick Curtis has signed the lease for 3605 Broadway, a small space with a long dining history (Nabil's, the Grille on Broadway, Mr. Good Chicken). He plans to turn the location into a ramen shop, for which he'll make his own noodles.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Burritos To Go: big burritos and modern convenience

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

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If you travel Armour Road in North Kansas City, you've surely seen the sign for Burritos To Go y Algo Mas, at 1910 Armour, near Helen's JAD Bar and inside one of the few Pennsylvania-based Snappy Stores in the metro.

I'd never felt compelled to stop in and try one of the burritos — until a friend of mine insisted that he loved the place. "It's like Chipotle Mexican Grill," he told me, "but with a bigger, much more appealing selection."

I noted that he didn't say Burritos To Go was any less expensive than the Denver-based chain. Having eaten at the North Kansas City location — there are also Burritos To Gos in Parkville and Kansas City, Kansas, both adjacent to convenience stores —  I would venture to say that the prices are no more competitive than the national chain. In fact, Burritos To Go might cost slightly more.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cafe Noble coffee is now brewing at Pirate's Bone Coffee House in midtown

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Chase Scroggins has a brew for you.
  • Chase Scroggins has a brew for you.

Chase Scroggins — coffee entrepreneur and former Cerner employee — is now officially in business as a coffee roaster.

The 25-year-old graduate of the University of Alabama (where he majored in business administration, Spanish and health-care management) first came to the attention of The Pitch last month, when he launched the website for his fledgling Cafe Noble coffee-roasting business. At the time, Scroggins didn't have a roaster or even a client.

Now he has both.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Mission Taco Joint headed to the Crossroads from St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 3:09 PM

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  • Adam, left, and Jason Tilford.

When the soccer-loving Tilford brothers, chef Jason and businessman Adam — successful restaurant operators in St. Louis — were in Kansas City last year for a Sporting Kansas City game, they took a spin through the Crossroads Arts District. The burgeoning East Crossroads neighborhood, fast becoming a mecca for local breweries, caught their eye.

Now the Tilfords are negotiating a lease for a building in that area (they won't reveal the address until the deal is done) for one of their three Mexican-restaurant brands, the Mission Taco Joint. There are two of those in St. Louis — but don't call them Mexican restaurants.

"We call our cuisine Mexicali because we were inspired by restaurants in the Mission District of San Francisco," Adam Tilford says. "Mission Taco Joint is really a bar with a good cocktail program and selection of craft beers that also serves tacos.

"There's nothing like this in the Crossroads," he adds, "or anyplace else in Kansas City."

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Woody's Classic Sports Pub officially opens in midtown tomorrow

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 8:14 PM

Sports, booze and a festive interior
  • Sports, booze and a festive interior

The sign is up, the tiny kitchen is operational, and the TV monitors are all tuned to sports stations: Woody's Classic Sports Pub at 3740 Broadway, the latest food-and-drink establishment created by the owners of the local Hamburger Mary's franchise — Jeff Edmondson and Dr. Eric Christensen — is open. The tiny sports saloon — it seats fewer than 50 on the first floor — quietly openen for business over the weekend.

"It's our soft opening," says Edmondson, who was tending bar Saturday night. "This gives our staff a chance to work out all the kinks."

In a kitchen that wasn't much bigger than a walk-in closet, the resident cook Tim Calton was frying burgers and chopping onions.

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Artego Pizza has reopened after closing for week

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

After a week, the candles were lighted again at Artego Pizza. - ARTEGO PIZZA
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  • After a week, the candles were lighted again at Artego Pizza.

Artego Pizza was open again over the weekend, and operator Joe Perez says it was business as usual.

Perez, a former Kansas City Chiefs player and co-owner of the beleaguered Artego Pizza at 900 West 39th Street, sat at the bar of the seven-month-old pizzeria Saturday night while his employees stacked chairs on tables. After a somewhat busy Saturday, Perez says, the kitchen and dining were shutting the place down — but only for the night.

The restaurant had been closed for a week after the co-owner, Brandon Carrier, aired his differences with Perez on a newscast on KSHB Channel 41.

By Friday, both owners were singing a more conciliatory song. Carrier sent out a press release Friday stating that "misunderstandings can happen ... Joe and I have chalked it up to just that, a simple misunderstanding." Carrier also reported that the restaurant was reopening the following day.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Spices Asian Restaurant now open in North Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Fried pot stickers are a frequent dinner special at Spices.
  • Fried pot stickers are a frequent dinner special at Spices.

North Kansas City already has a terrific bakery (Le Monde), a classic sports bar (Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum) and a first-rate pizzeria (Kelso's Northtown). In June, a very good Asian restaurant — serving the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam and China — opened in a strip shopping center at 2417 Burlington. It has a catchy name, too: Spices.

Local restaurateurs Jessi and David Chouang, who have been operating one of Johnson County's oldest Thai restaurants, Bangkok Pavilion, since 1991 (when they purchased the venue from its original owner), took over the Northland space formerly occupied by El Chupacabra Mexican Grill & Cantina. The pair totally revamped the interior to create a clean, simple setting. At Spices, the food is the star.

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