Todd Schulte, the owner of Genessee Royale, the stylish breakfast-and-lunch restaurant in the West Bottoms, is more than ready for warmer weather to appear. He wants to open the glass-paned garage doors -- this space really was a garage and gas station once -- and begin serving meals outside on the patio.
He's also ready to introduce a new menu at the end of this month. One of the casualties of the menu change will be this restaurant's popular Monte Cristo sandwich.
"It's not going away forever," Schulte says. "We're doing a seasonal menu change, taking off the cold-weather sandwiches -- the ham sandwich is going off, too -- and adding some lighter ones. And since the patio will almost double the number of customers we'll be serving, our kitchen will be really busy during the summer months. The Monte Cristo is a labor-intensive sandwich."
Schulte's summer sandwich menu will include a new curried egg-salad sandwich with pea sprouts and radishes and a tuna Nicoise sandwich. "We're also tweaking our chicken-salad recipe," Schulte says. "The new salad will be made with pistachios, golden raisins and fresh basil."
But if you simply must have a Monte Cristo sandwich during the steamy summer months, there are a few other options, including Cheddar's Casual Cafe in Overland Park.