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Friday, September 16, 2011

Yes, the Snak Shack is going to reopen, with a new owner

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Theres still an organic, sustainable snack shop in Downtown Overland Park
  • Downtown Overland Park Partnership
  • There's still an organic, sustainable snack shop in downtown Overland Park

Fat City finally has an answer for the readers who have been bombarding me with the same question for the last couple of weeks, including today's e-mail from Chris Whitmore: "What's going on with the Snak Shack in downtown Overland Park? It's been closed for a month now. Do you know if it will be reopening?"

Yes, as it turns out. According to Robin Fish, the executive director of the Downtown Overland Park Partnership Inc., the organic burger shop at 8039 Santa Fe Drive has a new tenant, Rayna Andrew, who plans to reopen the restaurant next week. "We had hoped to be open on Monday," says Andrews, who will operate the Snak Shack with her husband, Matt Tolle. "But it looks like we'll do a soft opening on Tuesday and be officially open for business on Wednesday."

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Chapala Restaurante Mexicano changes its hours: no more dinner

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

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Fat City received a phone call this week from Ritchie, who was introduced to the Chapala restaurant at 5224 Truman Road after reading last month's review of the restaurant in The Pitch.

"I've eaten at Chapala several times since I first read about it and I love it," he said, "but my wife and I took some friends to the restaurant last Saturday night, and it was closed. Did the restaurant close for good?"

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where do you take a 16-year-old girl for her birthday?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 5:12 PM

No Dad, Chuck E. Cheese simply won't do this year ...
  • No Dad, Chuck E. Cheese simply won't do this year ...


Yes, Fat City readers, someone -- Mike in Prairie Village -- sent an e-mail asking me where a large group of adults could take a teenager and two of her friends for a "Sweet Sixteen" dinner gathering -- this Sunday.

I can tell you that if I were desperately looking for the answer to this question, the last person I might ask would be me. I wasn't even around for my own younger sister's "Sweet Sixteen" party (and she's never forgiven me, either), and it's not like I sit around and watch the Disney Channel for creative inspiration ... or anything else.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

We want to know where the boozy fish fry can be found

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

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After seeing last week's post featuring a list of church fish frys, Fat City reader Ryan in Olathe wrote us with this question:

"I'm from Omaha and there are one or two fish frys that are quite the party. Basically, you wait in line for 2-3 hours, drink beer the whole time and then eat fish (which, by that time, due to a combination of drunkenness and hunger, tastes awesome)."

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Monday, February 14, 2011

We get questions about Slover's, pork brain sandwiches and the Boom-Boom Room

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM


It takes brains to make a smart sandwich.
  • It takes brains to make a smart sandwich.

Seriously, we love trying to answer the questions we get here at Fat City. Over the weekend, we received inquiries about two venues that don't exist anymore and where to find a fried pork brain sandwich.

Fat City reader Jim from New York asked this question: "Do you remember a nightclub called the Boom-Boom Room? My sister is in a state because she can't remember the name of the building. She wants to find a picture of the sign for a present to her husband ..."





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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why are the windows boarded up at Thirsty's Cantina?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Who smashed the windows of Thirsty's Cantina?
  • Who smashed the windows of Thirsty's Cantina?


A couple of nights ago, I noticed that several large windows facing Walnut Street at Thirsty's Cantina in the River Market were boarded up with plywood. If you didn't know that the restaurant and saloon wasn't closed -- and it isn't -- you might think it was.

A Fat City reader also wanted to know what was behind the boarded-up windows. "I heard they were smashed," she wrote, "by a disgruntled employee."


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Drunken Fish, new Power & Light sushi spot, 'very close' to opening

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Drunken Fish has three locations in St. Louis, including this one.
  • Drunken Fish has three locations in St. Louis, including this one.

So just when, several Fat City readers have asked us, is the new Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant and Lounge opening in the former Bice Bistro space in the Power & Light District?

"It's very close, just a couple of weeks away," says Allison Schiller, spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based restaurant group. (It's too early to really call the company a chain: There are three locations in St. Louis; Kansas City will be the fourth and the first outside the River City.)

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ask the critic: Where can Kansas City celebrate a birthday with dessert and booze?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Southern Pecan Fire Cracker Cookies from Jack Gage American Tavern
  • Southern Pecan Fire Cracker Cookies from Jack Gage American Tavern

Fat City reader Linda is celebrating her birthday this weekend and wrote us to ask where she could gather a group of friends together for dessert, coffee and liquor. She was thinking, maybe, of an attractive restaurant lounge with a beautiful bar and a nice assortment of desserts so that her friends could order what they wanted instead of sharing a traditional birthday cake.

I had a few ideas for a selection of different venues that might fit the bill.


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Who has the best cheesecake in Kansas City?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

A cheesecake classic since 1949
  • A cheesecake classic since 1949

One of my co-workers at The Pitch has been wary of cheesecake since childhood: "Someone offered me a piece of cheesecake when I was little and I thought, Why would anyone put cheese into a cake?"

I had the same reaction at probably the same age. But a friend of my father's owned the neighborhood delicatessen, and they both kept cajoling me to try the cheesecake. "It's made with cream cheese," my father said, "not cheddar or Swiss." I was finally persuaded to taste it when Mr. Hochman poured something even more alluring on top of the creamy white pastry -- red cherry sauce.

It was delicious!

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Come on now, what are the best sushi restaurants in town?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Share some sushi at Edokko in Lenexa
  • Share some sushi at Edokko in Lenexa

Fat City reader Reg Robertson of Overland Park wrote to ask this: "What, in your opinion, are the three best sushi restaurants in Kansas City?"

Well, Reg, I like sushi well enough, but I'll confess that I probably lack the true passion for the dish that many of our Fat City readers have for truly glorious sushi. We'll let them weigh in here.

In the meantime, I can list a few places I like to go for a sushi fix.

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