Friday, October 9, 2015

Grinders High Noon set to open October 28

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

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In April, we found out that Stretch was expanding his Grinders empire to Leavenworth, Kansas, taking over the High Noon Saloon. We now have an opening date: Wednesday, October 28.

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Boulevard's Deep Dive Wet-Hopped Ale is on draft now

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

A nod to Van Halen or scuba divers?
  • A nod to Van Halen or scuba divers?
The latest Boulevard Smokestack Series beer can't be found in a bottle on a store shelf. Deep Dive Wet-Hopped Ale is draft only — it first started hitting taps on Monday — so you're going to have to get to a bar or a restaurant to taste it.

"Last year, we did Last Splash in the Backroads Series, and we all thought that was a cool beer, but we thought it'd be cool to make a beer that had really minimal malt and really be a vehicle for the wet hops," says ambassador brewer Jeremy Danner. "And then, instead of just dry hopping with them, we actually used some on the brewhouse, too."

Those hops are wet Centennial hops from Yakima, Washington. And Boulevard used lots of 'em. 

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Dash Supper Club on Troost? Well, it's not happening in the Cleaver II Blvd Shoppes

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:37 AM

No Dash at these Shoppes.
  • No Dash at these Shoppes.

Nine months ago, a story in the "paper of record" announced, with some fanfare, that local businesswoman and singer Darcus Gates — the daughter-in-law of barbecue legend Ollie Gates — was taking one of the retail spaces in the new Gates shopping development at 47th Street and Troost, the Cleaver II Blvd Shoppes, and opening a 180-seat supper club.

That story reported a June opening for the club, to be called Dash. With June having long since come and gone with nary a dash, dot or period, The Pitch checked with Arzelia Gates, the director of community relations for Gates Bar-B-Q, to see what's going on with the supper club.

"The supper club will not be opening in the Cleaver II Blvd Shoppes," Arzelia Gates tells us. "But it might be opening somewhere."

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Lord Huron rocked the Uptown last night

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Lord Huron - NICK SPACEK
  • Nick Spacek
  • Lord Huron

Lord Huron, José González
Uptown Theater, Kansas City
Thursday, October 8

An amazingly cheery crowd came in out of the evening rain for last night's show at the Uptown. Everyone in the theater was all smiles and animated conversation as they milled about the floor. And why not? For all the mournful aspects of Lord Huron's music, there's a rollicking positivity to it that can't help but infect you.

Taking the stage in front of a forest backdrop, lit only from underneath by a spotlight on frontman Ben Schneider, Lord Huron opened with "Love Like Ghosts." But it was the second song, "Until the Night," that really kicked the show off as the band jangled and jammed under a neon sign that proclaimed the title of their latest album.

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Kansas City is not one of the 100 best cities for millennials in 2015 and other things from the Internet in September

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:26 AM

The greatest city in America? In American history?
  • The greatest city in America? In American history?
Rankings and lists on the Internet about cities are almost always stupid. Few rely on primary reporting, most use thin statistics interpreted by unqualified writers (some don't even use statistics), and all are intent on soaking up your homerism and converting it into advertising revenue. Worst of all, supposedly legitimate media operations, desperate for the very same advertising revenue, post these distinctions as though they were news stories with actual meaning and not cynical grabs at Web traffic. The whole thing is sad and circular and meaningless! Do not participate in it!

Instead, read our monthly compilation of these accolades, found below. And, as always, please share on social media — any social media will do, even the social media we don’t know about yet!

Our September installment opens on a note of sadness. It seems that has gone and made a list of the best cities for millennials in 2015, and Kansas City is not in the top 100. Our thoughts are with Mayor Sly James at this difficult time. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

As Kansas budget worsens, the state keeps giving away taxes to corporations through the PEAK program

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Kansas keeps acting like a problem gambler: It knows that the balance in the bank account is dwindling, but it still wants a seat at the poker table.

Tax revenues in Kansas are coming up $61 million short of already-modest projections through the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Yet the state keeps giving away potential tax revenues to dozens of companies on its side of the Kansas-Missouri state line through its Promoting Employment Across Kansas program. 

PEAK allows its corporate recipients to keep 95 percent of employee withholding taxes for a prescribed number of years. On its face, it seems like a promising way of attracting jobs to Kansas. Except PEAK is overwhelmingly used in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. That means the practical intent of PEAK is to lure Missouri-side jobs just over the state line or keep existing Kansas-side companies nearing the end of their lease from going to Missouri. 

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Medical marijuana petition filed today in Missouri

Medical marijuana petition is filed in Missouri.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Medical weed in 2016?
  • Medical weed in 2016?
Twenty-three states now allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. (Recreational use is legal, of course, in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Washington, D.C.) 

The movement is slowly working its way into the center of the country. Medical marijuana is now legal in Illinois and Minnesota. And if New Approach Missouri gets its way, the Show-Me State will be the next Midwestern state to allow medical marijuana treatment. 

Today, the group filed initiative petitions with the Missouri Secretary of State seeking to get the issue on the general election ballot in Missouri in November 2016. 

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  • Medical marijuana petition is filed in Missouri.

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Throwback Thursday: Watch Evil-Loc bust out "My Hood" back in '98

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM


There's really nothing more fantastic than seeing a packed show with the audience going off, but it always seems to be a lot more impressive when it's a local hip-hop artist. Despite the Midwest's long and strong hip-hop scene, it's a rare thing to see a packed venue for a rapper in these parts.

Here's a video that showed up online just a couple weeks ago. It goes all the way back to 1998 with Topeka g-funk king Evil-Loc rocking out a packed Granada. The audio's blown out a bit, so all you can hear is a massive wave of bass and Evil-Loc (who now goes by the name E-City the Streets) just blasting out verse after verse with a stage full of people going the hell off.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Garza's Goodies takes over former Can I Have a Bite location

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Local candy shop Garza's Goodies will open new location next month.
  • Local candy shop Garza's Goodies will open new location next month.

There's a kind of delicious irony when a venue devoted to fresh, healthy meals is replaced by a store that specializes in handmade chocolates, caramel apples and glazed cinnamon rolls.

Earlier this year, cook, Pilates instructor and writer Kathy Hale moved out of her combination kitchen and retail space at 8011 Wornall and began looking for new quarters for her healthy-eating catering and carryout business, Can I Have a Bite.

She still hasn't found the perfect location (although Hale says she's doing just as well without a physical retail space), but her former venue is currently being prepared for a new culinary tenant, Garza's Goodies: Chocolates and Confections, slated to open to the public in mid-November. The owners of that confectionery business, Heather and Richard Garza, moved out of their previous shop, in the shopping strip at 85th Street and Wornall that is anchored by the Corner Cocktail lounge and Chelly's Cafe. The original Garza's Goodies was over three years old and had built a steady following, but the Garzas were never happy with either the size or the visibility of the candy shop.

Now, even before Heather and Richard have put the first truffle in their refrigerated candy cases, people keep stopping by and asking if they're open.

"We're not open yet," Heather Garza says, "and we're thrilled."

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J. Rieger & Co.'s head distiller, Nathan Perry, talks up the new Midwestern Dry Gin

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Nathan Perry, head distiller at J. Rieger & Co.
  • Nathan Perry, head distiller at J. Rieger & Co.

When I stopped into the J. Rieger & Co. distillery in the East Bottoms a few days ahead of the launch of the company’s newest product — its Midwestern Dry Gin — I was surprised to see only three people in the warehouse: Andy Rieger, the triple-great grandson of Jacob Rieger, the company’s namesake; Nathan Perry, the head distiller; and Perry’s assistant. This was the usual crowd, Perry told me.

As Perry attempted to find a quiet spot for our interview, I watched Rieger — co-founder and partner, along with Ryan Maybee of Manifesto and the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange — work through a phone conversation as he formatted labels. The assistant moved about the space, hopping on and off a forklift. This may be a small army, but it is a determined one.

Today, the Midwestern Dry Gin officially launches — the third spirit J. Rieger & Co. has unveiled since forming a little over a year ago. There is much to celebrate: the Rieger gin uses the personal recipe of Tom Nichol, retired grand distiller for Tanqueray.

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