The newest restaurant in Kansas City proper is Haus, a sausage and beer emporium with an attached beer garden that opened this past Friday in Martini Corner. But the newest restaurant has been open for only 48 hours, and that's the Rusty Horse Tavern in Parkville (which Charles Ferruzza visited on the opening night).
As for Haus, the sausages at restaurateur Chris Seferyn's place come from chef Alex Pope's butcher shop, Local Pig. The fries are hand-cut, and the beer list (half of which resides on the bar's 20 taps) is predominantly Belgian, German and Austrian. Haus is open 3 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Monday - Friday and 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Anybody had a chance to go to either of the uber new restaurants? A listing of other new spots follows.
Affäre (1911 Main, affarekc.com) is a little bit German and a little bit rock and roll. Chef Martin Heuser's new Crossroads restaurant opened earlier this month with a collection of small plates, including lump-crab salad, roasted-red-pepper roulade, and bison short ribs with seared foie gras. Affäre is open 11:15 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11:15 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and 5:30 - 11 p.m. Saturday.
The taps are flowing again in the former Jack Gage American Tavern space, where The Beacon: a Kansas City Tavern (5031 Main, beacontavern.com) has debuted. The neighborhood bar and grill boasts hand-cut sweet-potato fries and a turbo-charged BLT with sugar-cured bacon, avocado and truffle mayonnaise. It's open 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Monday - Saturday and 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.
It's vegan Thanksgiving every day now that a local licensed outpost of the famed San Francisco eatery Café Gratitude has opened in the Crossroads (333 Southwest Boulevard, cafegratitudekc.com). The menu is all about organic, raw and vegan food. It's open 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.
A Lawrence staple is a little closer to Kansas City: La Parrilla has come to Olathe (11977 South Strang Line Road, laparrillalawrence.com). Snag a rice bowl, with or without meat, and wash it down with a Brazilian lemonade (lime juice, coconut milk and ginger), a sweet concoction with a kick. La Parrilla is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (9108 Metcalf, Overland Park, naturalgrocers.com) puts the Colorado-based grocery chain in the old Borders space, where it offers reasonably priced organic produce and grass-fed beef. The Vitamin Cottage part: aisles of supplements, along with a roster of nutrition classes. The supermarket is open 8:56 a.m. - 8:04 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 9:56 a.m. - 6:06 p.m. Sunday.
The second location of the Wornall Road beer-and-burger destination Swagger has opened in Martin City, at 13401 Holmes (swaggerkc.com). There's still the Dead Texan - a bacon cheeseburger goosed with a fried egg, and two grilled-cheese sandwiches where the buns would normally be - but the new spot comes with an oversized bar and more than 70 beers on tap. It's open 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. - midnight Sunday.
Concept One, a pop-up restaurant at Studio Dan Meiners (2500 West Pennway), is now taking reservations (at conceptonekc.com) for its June 18 - 21 run. What to expect: a $60 three-course, farm-to-table meal cooked by chefs Jeff Lefko and Elise Landry, two recent Broadmoor Technical Center graduates.
Sugo's Spaghetteria opens later this month (13386 Metcalf, Overland Park, sugoscucina.com). The St. Louis export from Michael Del Pietro uses only fresh pasta and has a rotating cast of four entrée specials, including a risotto of the day.
Wing Busters & More, expected to open June 1 (1128 Oak, wingbusterskc.com), cooks up wings and things. The original location, in Grandview, has more than 30 flavors of sauce and boneless and bone-in wings.
Also on the way is Barbosa's Express (1124 Oak), a satellite of the St. Joseph institution, which is set to bring KC its Mexican fare in July.