Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kansas City is getting a brand-new Guitar Center on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM

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Good news for local musicians and aspiring artists: Instrument retailer Guitar Center is opening tomorrow at 9188 NW Skyview Avenue, its 267th location. The grand opening takes places on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m., with a live in-store performance from local U2 cover band Rattle & Hum

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Mother's takes over Waldo Pizza's taps, Local Pig cooks with 4 Hands and more beer events

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:33 PM

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Thursday, April 16
Brew for Books 2015, with Waldo pizza, music by John Goolsby and all-you-can-drink Boulevard beer, at Boulevard (2501 Southwest Blvd.), $30, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Get a discounted ticket by bringing a new or gently used book for children under the age of 5.

Torn Label Long Time Comin’ Russian Imperial Stout tapping and brewers table pairings, at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.), 7 p.m.

Torn Label tap takeover, at Rock & Brews (5701 W. 135th St., Overland Park), 5 p.m.

Two-dollar 16-ounce Gordon Biersch beers (11652 Ash, Leawood), 5:30–9 p.m.

Third Thursday, featuring Big Rip beer, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak), $5, 6–8:30 p.m.

Saison bottle share, at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift, North Kansas City); bring a bottle of a saison to share, and Grain to Glass will serve Boulevard Saison-Brett, $20, 6–8 p.m.

Mother’s MILF, Imperial Three Blind Mice, and Chocolate Thunder Porter, at Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway).

Friday, April 17
Empyrean tasting, at Gomer’s (3838 Broadway), 4–7 p.m.

Easy ESB tapping, at 75th Street Brewery (520 W. 75th St.)

Shave to Save, featuring Cinder Block and benefiting Hope Lodge of Kansas City, at the Guild (1621 Locust), 6–11 p.m.

Monday, April 20
Crooked Stave Table Beer tapping, at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.)

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Record Store Day 2015: A round-up of local events

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 1:03 PM

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Ahh, Record Store Day: The day vinyl nerds, audiophiles and all music lovers unite under one noble banner. We don't want you to miss anything, so we've rounded up the players Here’s what’s happening locally on RSD, Saturday, April 18.

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Was Sly James late in paying his taxes for 2014? Yes. Does it have bearing on his candidacy? No.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Clay Chastain
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Clay Chastain's defeat at the polls on April 7 isn't keeping the Virginia man out of Kansas City politics, after all.

Chastain, who finished last in the three-candidate primary last week, called out Kansas City Mayor Sly James for "yet another unethical act for personal advantage" in an e-mail sent Tuesday to local media. In it, he claims that James was late on his taxes when he filed to run for a second term.

Kansas City's charter says that in order to be "elected or appointed to the Council, including as Mayor" that a person, among other things, must be "current on all city taxes or municipal user fees, as attested by the candidate to the City Clerk."

(It also says mayoral candidates must be Kansas City residents for five years prior to the election [Clarification: The charter requires residency in Kansas City for five years, including two years immediately prior to election day. Chastain has lived in Virginia for more than two years]. Chastain claims Kansas City residency, even though he lives in Virginia and couldn't attend one of two mayoral forums because he needed to get back to Bedford, Virginia.)

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Hayley Besheer’s MADI Apparel is more than just great underwear

MADI Apparel is more than just great underwear.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:44 AM

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  • Hayley Besheer, in her West Side shop

For Hayley Besheer, underwear is about more than just feeling sexy. The 26-year-old creator of MADI Apparel knows that an unrivaled pair of underpants can boost a woman’s confidence as much as a great haircut or a signature lipstick shade.

“Making women feel great about themselves is one of the main things we support,” Besheer said when I met with her and her intern, Joe Mercado, at MADI’s new West Side storefront, which opened with a First Friday celebration this month. “The MADI movement as a whole is about positivity and body awareness.”

Besheer exudes just that kind of calm self-assurance. On MADI’s opening night, she wore a poppy-colored skirt and matching lipstick, making the tall brunette easy to spot from across the room as she greeted her guests inside her clean, minimalist shop. Several varieties of black underwear were displayed on the glazed-wood table at the center of the room. Each style bore the name of an influential woman in Besheer’s life, and each made the case that MADI is the anti–Victoria’s Secret — no-frills, no-bullshit underwear that feels as good as it looks.

I first discovered MADI when I stopped by artful Crossroads lingerie shop Birdies March 5 for the brand’s retail release. (It had begun selling online last August.) An adorable, burrito-size dog surveyed the scene from an antique chair in the corner, and Besheer’s mom, Pam Besheer, thanked me for coming before I’d purchased anything. That easy warmth defines the MADI shopping experience.

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  • MADI Apparel is more than just great underwear.

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Cleaver & Cork's Rachel Freeman updates the old fashioned for Bacon & Bourbon

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:19 AM

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Rachel Freeman does not come across as a shy woman. She's got a throaty voice, and it gives way to a deep laugh that pushes out of smiling lips usually painted a striking red. She's excellent at giving side-eye, but she is also - like any bartender worth her salt - completely relatable. 

Freeman's drinks are also not what you'd call introverted. When I stop in to see her at Cleaver & Cork - just a few weeks after our bourbon-filled Bartender's Notebook - Freeman is ready to smash me in the face, figuratively speaking, with a hard-liquor punch. In the nicest way.


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Zoës Kitchen is a crazy quilt of culinary influences

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 7:02 AM

Zoës Kitchen's roll-ups are tasty, in a QuikTrip kind of way.
  • Zoës Kitchen's roll-ups are tasty, in a QuikTrip kind of way.


Now that Kansas City's historic Country Club Plaza has become a magnet for chain restaurants of every stripe, from unabashedly expensive (the Capital Grille) to modestly priced fast-casual venues, there's something familiar — as in, standard-issue eateries seen in lots and lots of other American shopping centers — for every hungry diner strolling through the once-visionary complex created by the late J.C. Nichols.

The latest addition to the chain gang is the Texas-based Zoës Kitchen, a fast-casual concept that puts a self-consciously American spin on Mediterranean cuisine. What is known as souvlaki in Greek restaurants is simply listed as kebabs here, with a choice of charbroiled beef (very good, by the way), chicken (disappointingly dry), shrimp or salmon, served with grilled or roasted vegetables, a few wedges of pita bread, a small Greek-style salad — doused with the house Greek vinaigrette — and sometimes hummus or cucumber-yogurt raita sauce. Veggie kebabs are also offered.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KFC guy not too worried about the KFC that burned down in Olathe last night

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 3:59 PM

The Colonel doesn't sweat the small stuff.
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In Olathe last night, a three-alarm fire ravaged the better part of a strip mall. Destroyed in the blaze were a Fronteras Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, a Sprint store, a nail salon and a KFC. (Nobody was injured.)

The Kansas City Star's report on the fire includes the following pieces of information: 
As workers using heavy equipment tore down the brick building’s west wall, Salvador De La Torre surveyed what little remained of Fronteras Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, one of two restaurants he owned in Johnson County. 

“When I saw the flames, I felt bad,” he said. “It made me cry. It’s my life.”
Heartbreaking stuff. KFC? Eh, they'll live:
Travis McGruder, an area coach for KFC, said he didn’t know whether the company would rebuild.

“Our food is so good that our customers will find us” at two other nearby locations, he said.
OK then. KFC's "food" is so "good" that its Olathe customers will seek it out wherever need be. And KFC calls its district managers "coaches." 

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday. 

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Without a pirate's booty, Pirate's Bone Coffee operates on cutthroat budget

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Zaid Consuegra hopes a new sink won't sink his business.
  • Zaid Consuegra hopes a new sink won't sink his business.


If you happen to know where the young midtown entrepreneur Zaid Consuegra can get his hands on an inexpensive used three-compartment sink, you may save his four-month-old coffeehouse, Pirate's Bone, at 645 East 59th Street, from walking the proverbial gangplank.

Last Friday, Consuegra was forced to put a sign on his shop's front door, announcing that the venue was closed for renovations. The 26-year-old barista closed it over the weekend — his peak business times — and is still trying to track down a three-compartment sink that he can afford.

"The Health Department says I can't reopen until the sink is in place, which means some readjustment of my kitchen space here," Consuegra says.

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Boulevard’s Love Child No. 5, Saison-Brett show up alongside brand-new cans today

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:54 AM

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Today is going to be busy for local liquor-store clerks. Blame Boulevard. And praise Boulevard.

The Kansas City brewery is unloading two of its biggest releases — Love Child No. 5 and Saison-Brett — this month. And that’s not even close to all: Cans of Unfiltered Wheat, Pop-Up IPA and Ginger-Lemon Radler are on the way.

If your mouth puckered after drinking Love Child No. 4, you weren’t alone. Last year’s model was unrelentingly sour — so much so that even Boulevard’s brewers took note.

“While I enjoyed Love Child No. 4, over the course of a glass or a bottle, it never softened up,” says ambassador brewer Jeremy Danner.

Look for less acidity with Love Child No. 5 (8.2 percent ABV and 13 IBUs), a blend of a Flanders-style red ale aged in whiskey and wine barrels and in stainless-steel vessels and a foeder. Danner calls it “more balanced” than the last go-round. “I think people who enjoyed Love Child No. 3 more than No. 4 might particularly enjoy 5,” he adds. “It’s more about soft lactic acidity, which is what Steven [Pauwels, Boulevard’s brewmaster] prefers, and that’s what our tasting panel and the blending panel prefers.”

This is the first of two Love Childs in 2015. Love Child No. 6 debuts in December.

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