Monday, January 10, 2011

Otto's coming to Westport? Matsu space finally ready to look East?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge Is a tenant finally ready to replace the Corner?
  • Is a tenant finally ready to replace the Corner?

Has anyone else been wondering about the old Matsu Japanese Restaurant space in Westport? The windows have been papered over for several months, and Joyce Smith reported in a November 22 Kansas City Star column that the restaurant was "closed for remodeling" and would "reopen in a couple of weeks as East." That venue, she wrote, was to have "sushi, a small-plates menu and a sake bar."

Well, it's been way more than a couple of weeks, and there's not much activity going on behind the brown paper taped to the windows. What's going on?


"The owners are pretty occupied right now with their new Domo restaurant

in Olathe," one of the other restaurateurs on Westport Road tells me. "But

they insist that East is going to open."

And then there's the long-vacant Corner Restaurant location. The space is choice enough -- it sits on the busy corner of Westport Road and Broadway -- but in the year since the iconic diner shut down, no one has stepped forward to lease the spot.

Word is that milkshake maven Otto Miller -- who recently closed down his Czar Bar malt outreach after a short-lived stint cooking big gay hamburgers at Hamburger Mary's -- is reportedly taking over the old Corner Space. Fat City hears that Miller and his wife, Ruthie, aim to open a new Otto's Malt Shop in the spring. Miller is preparing to open a new dining spot in the Eighteen22 nightclub -- the former Tootsie's location -- at 1822 Main. That venue will have a Cajun- and Asian-influenced menu but also feature a few signature Otto's dishes.


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