Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Museum Cafe goes away, sort of...

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM

By CHARLES FERRUZZA

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A few weeks after The Pitchgave a Best of Kansas City award to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's one-year-old Museum Cafe for Best Place To Meet Intelligent Women, the little restaurant in the Bloch Building has closed!

It was shuttered as part of the museum's cost-cutting measures; the small restaurant, which only offered cold sandwiches, salads and desserts, was considered an "overflow restaurant" for times when Rozzelle Court was full.

"There wasn't as much overflow as we expected," says Mark Zimmerman, the Nelson-Atkins Museum's director of client services.

But it's still entirely possible to meet intelligent women -- and men! -- in the venue, because one night a week, the Museum Cafe is still open to the public for an event called "Cultural Cocktails." Every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., intelligent people apparently gather there to partake of a full bar and a small selection of inexpensive small plates. Zimmerman says it's slowly gaining in popularity. "Right now, it's a lot of people from the neighborhood surrounding the museum or visitors at the museum for a special event."

Zimmerman hopes the space can be re-opened on a more permanent basis sometime later. "We're looking at different ideas to effectively utilize the space," he says.

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