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Friday, July 24, 2015

1900 Barker in Lawrence: great bread and pastries

1900 Barker in Lawrence: great bread and pastries.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Freshly baked bread, four days a week.
  • Freshly baked bread, four days a week.

As incredible as it seems, the occasional person still wanders into the white, one-story building at 1900 Barker in Lawrence — now the site of the 1900 Bakery & Cafe — wanting to get some washing done. Bungalow Laundry occupied this location for decades, and the long-gone business's sign still hangs on one side of the building. 

The new bakery's owners, brothers Taylor and Reagan Petrehn, like the sign, so it stayed. But virtually everything inside is different, following a $150,000 build-out. The result is a sunny, attractive baked-goods-and-coffee shop — one that already has a dedicated following. 

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Bizz & Weezy Confections readies for an August 7 opening in the Crossroads

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:35 AM

It's all house-made at Bizz & Weezy - JEREMY LUTHER
  • Jeremy Luther
  • It's all house-made at Bizz & Weezy

Jonathan Pitcher has his fingers crossed, he says. He and his wife, Amy, want their candy retail shop, Bizz & Weezy Confections, at 1800 Baltimore to be open in time for the First Friday crowd in the Crossroads on August  7. "If everything goes according to plan, we'll be open on that date," he says. "Or maybe a day or two later."

Located in the former Kim Weinberger Art Gallery, the shop is set to offer, among other treats, six kinds of caramels: bourbon, bacon, chocolate, raspberry, sea salt, and root-beer float. They're buttery, creamy and very satisfying. 

But that's just the start, Jonathan Pitcher says: "We've developed recipes for over 40 caramels. We'll have quite an assortment."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pizzeria Locale brings Chipotle speed and organization to Neapolitan pizza in Waldo

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Chris de Peralta rolls out the dough.
  • Chris de Peralta rolls out the dough.

Is pizza better when it comes out of the oven faster? A lot faster?

Waldo is about to find out. Pizzeria Locale, which opens today at 11 a.m., at 505 West 75th Street, is the first outpost of the fast-casual pizzeria created by Denver restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson in 2011. The new restaurant can serve either a 10-inch signature pizza or a custom-designed creation in just about two minutes.

That first Pizzeria Locale was a full-service restaurant (and still is), but when Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson went into partnership with fast-casual giant Chipotle — that company's CEO, Steve Ells, is a big fan of the fine-dining restaurant Frasca, the first Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson collaboration — the two men wanted to benefit from Chipotle's expertise in the fast-casual market.

"We're the ones who wanted to test a restaurant concept that could offer a great, high-quality pizza quickly and at a competitive price point," says Stuckey, who flew into Kansas City yesterday for the restaurant's media preview.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Standard Pour is now pouring, and serving food, in the old Boozefish space

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Let there be light. Lots of it.
  • Let there be light. Lots of it.

You could say that 1511 Westport Road has had a long saloon life over the past century. Some still recall that address as home to Bender's Bar & Grill for decades, others as the not-long-departed Boozefish Wine Bar. Whatever the name and whatever the year, though, it's not a place you'll ever see dark for more than a short time. 

And the newest saloon to take the reins here — the Standard Pour, which opened June 13 — has done more than just turn on the lights. Owner David Sederholm, a vice president and portfolio manager with the Commerce Trust Co., has brightened up the room and begun to make it his own.

Sederholm is a buttoned-down kind of guy and, at 60 years old, an unlikely candidate for barkeep, but this turns out to be his dream project. "It was one of those bucket-list things," he tells me. "I grew up in Montana, and this space reminded me of the bars I used to patronize as a young man."

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Chocolate Frog opens in, tries to tickle, Prairie Village

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Comfortable booths and toad stools? - CHOCOLATE FROG/FACEBOOK
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  • Comfortable booths and toad stools?

Prairie Village Shopping Center has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to stylish restaurants, but the newest addition is unusual in its obvious desire to lure families. The Chocolate Frog Cafe — the name is a Harry Potter reference — sounds a little precious on paper, and it's precious in person, too. But it is at least a significant improvement over the venue that preceded it at 3935 West 69th Terrace: Standees: The Entertaining Eatery, a Denny's with delusions of grandeur.

Standees was attached to the movie miniplex — also called Standees (still) — where patrons could watch a feature film before or after a meal or, with some implied disapproval given the lack of tables inside the theaters, bring menu items into a movie. You can no longer take very many menu items into the theater, and the dining room has been stripped of its most garish touches, such as the wrap-around digital screen above the bar.

Since local company Leap Hospitality (best known for the Jacobson in the Crossroads) took over the operation of the restaurant component of this petite entertainment "complex," it has replaced the Standees slickness with a more accessible, cheery dining experience — one that's not just family-friendly but almost childlike.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Blind Tiger is open on Main Street but dry for another week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Tie one on at the Tiger. Next week.
  • Tie one on at the Tiger. Next week.


Among the things you can get right now at Blake Lostal's two-week-old Blind Tiger saloon (3945 Main): a very good Cubano sandwich, a fountain drink, slice of house-made bourbon chocolate pie. 

Lunch.

For dinner, though — and the drinks that go with it — there's another week to go until this Tiger is fully grown.

"We have our liquor license already," manager Jason Howland says, "but we've decided to wait until next Friday to start serving it, since it's also when we'll also be serving dinner specials and having our grand opening."

So until July 24, this new midtown hangout is building its lunch business, serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. amid a phalanx of noisy video games, skee-ball machines and four pool tables. Those clubhouse elements help give Blind Tiger its speakeasy feel. (The name dates back to Prohibition, when "blind tiger" or "blind pig" were both slang for speakeasy.)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ladybird Diner and Michael Forbes Grille are planning post-fire reopenings

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 2:42 PM

The Ladybird Diner in Lawrence has been closed for four months.
  • The Ladybird Diner in Lawrence has been closed for four months.


Two popular restaurants — one in Lawrence, the other in Brookside — closed this spring after fires required that the buildings undergo extensive repairs: Meg Heriford's six-month-old Ladybird Diner at 721 Massachusetts, in Lawrence, and Michael Forbes Bar & Grille in Brookside. 

The Ladybird Diner was damaged by a fire in an adjoining bar and grill on March 3; Michael Forbes Grille has been shuttered since April. Both restaurateurs insist that they'll be back in operation in the next six weeks.

Heriford tells The Pitch that the smoke damage to her dining room required far more restoration work on the structure than she expected,  but she's planning to be up and running and serving her diner dishes and celebrated pies by, she says, the start of the fall semester at the University of Kansas: "in mid-August or September," she says.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cafe Noble set to roast coffee (but not pour it quite yet)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Chase Scroggins just wants to sell coffee. - ASHLEY TEBBE
  • Ashley Tebbe
  • Chase Scroggins just wants to sell coffee.

Chase Scroggins has been putting out a few fires lately.

Not long after the 25-year-old coffee roaster launched the website for his fledgling business, Cafe Noble — which sounds like a coffeehouse but isn't — he began getting comments from coffee lovers who discovered the site. A typical response: "That photo of you was taken at Pirate's Bone Coffee. Are you taking over that coffee shop?"

"Suddenly people had me opening a coffeehouse," Scroggins tells me. "That's in my plans — far down the road."

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Morton's Grille closes on the Country Club Plaza

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Morton's Grille never got very busy. - ANGELA C. BOND
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Morton's Grille never got very busy.

Last night was the final night of business for the nine-month-old Morton's Grille restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.

Today the managers are in the process of closing down the lesser-priced spinoff of the national Morton's: the Steakhouse chain (owned by Houston-based Landry's Inc.). A manager confirmed today that the restaurant — which The Pitch reviewed last February — is closed for good. Morton's Grille is considered a test concept for Landry's. The Plaza location was one of three in the country. The other two are in New York City and Texas.

The closing wasn't a huge surprise: Other Plaza restaurants had been hearing rumors of the impending shuttering of the location — the former M&S Grille space, another Landry's restaurant concept — for months.

"I kept hearing the same thing from customers who came into our restaurant," says the regional director of another chain restaurant on the Plaza. "They went into Morton's Grille for dinner, and the place was dead."

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Amore Dolci Bakery opens at 3709 Southwest Trafficway

Amore Dolci Bakery opens at 3709 Southwest Trafficway.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Mallory Omundson has vegan and gluten-free treats for you at Amore Dolci Bakery.
  • Mallory Omundson has vegan and gluten-free treats for you at Amore Dolci Bakery.

Mallory Omundson was perfectly happy working as a pastry chef for the Pig & Finch restaurant in Leawood when, she says, "an opportunity just fell into my lap." 

That opportunity was a storefront that the 26-year-old entrepreneur could lease, inexpensively, to open a new bakery at 3709 Southwest Trafficway. After a $10,000 renovation of the former tattoo parlor (including new ovens and a three-compartment sink), Omundson and her business partner, accountant Ashley King, opened Amore Dolci Bakery June 29. The urban shopping strip it calls home is going through a transition: A clothing company, Tokyo Underground, is closing in two weeks, and a new fabric shop has just opened.

Omundson, who attended the Art Institutes in Lenexa, wanted to open a bakery that sold vegan and gluten-free breads and sweets as well as traditional pastries. "I like to make miniature pastries, too," she says.

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