|Neighbor's Cafe in Lee's Summit ended a long run in January.|
There was some bright news, too -- but first, the bad.
The southeastern suburb of Lee's Summit got the biggest hit: Three restaurants closed. The Lee's Summit outpost of Dixon's Chili (the original chili parlor, a favorite of Harry S. Truman's, opened in 1919) closed after operator Stephen Steffes complained that business had been stagnant. The Fat City report about the Ernesto Peralta decision to close B:2 A Burger Boutique after a life span of less than eight months garnered a firestorm of response by commenters (including Peralta himself). A more beloved venue, Neighbor's Cafe in downtown Lee's Summit, closed its doors because of issues with the IRS.
When scandal-plagued restaurateur Rod Anderson decided to close the short-lived Prime Rib Grill by Hereford House -- located across Walnut Street from the site of the original Hereford House Steakhouse (the one that was allegedly torched in 2008) -- it marked the first time in over half a century that there hasn't been a restaurant with the Hereford House name in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
Other restaurant closings reported in January:
Restaurant openings -- all over the metro -- reported in January include: