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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Behind the bar at 715, Katrina Weiss holds nothing back

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Weiss and Corcoran brainstorm - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • Weiss and Corcoran brainstorm

It’s a hazy, gray Monday when Caitlin Corcoran and I arrive at Lawrence’s 715 Restaurant to meet Katrina Weiss, the recently promoted bar manager there. Corcoran throws herself onto a bar stool, eyes bright, smile wide. She has known Weiss since 2008, when the two were both University of Kansas students working a block away at Vermont Street BBQ, but they don’t get together much these days, Corcoran says, separated as they are by a state line and a 40-minute drive.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

With J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey, Ryan Maybee resurrects a KC classic

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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This week, Kansas City's whiskey-loving population has a completely legitimate reason to spend a few hours imbibing after work: the introduction of the much-anticipated J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey. On Monday, Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey hit local shelves and bars. Ryan Maybee, co-owner at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and its sublevel speakeasy, Manifesto, and co-founder of the resurrected J. Rieger & Co. label, says that to date, 58 local bars are carrying the product - and the number keeps rising. 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: RecordBar's Clarence Draper resets our shot clock

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

Three p.m. on a weekday isn’t really when you’re supposed to do shots.

Those liquid thimbles of freedom are better served at, say, a bachelorette party or just before a club show’s headliner comes out or over Sunday brunch. But here I am, inside a nearly empty RecordBar, looking at jiggers as the midafternoon sunlight tiptoes away through the windows. The full weight of my assignment has begun to register.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pee Party: District Pour House + Kitchen

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Urinating in Waldo.
  • Urinating in Waldo.
Pee Party is an irregular column in which we investigate restrooms around town. 

A perk of living in one place for a long time is the civic knowledge that builds up by watching establishments turn over. To be able to rattle off a list of a commercial building's previous tenants is, for a sad man like myself, one of life's small joys. I especially like to butt into conversations and say things like, "Yeah, back in the early ’90s, when Bier Station was a Circle K..."

Waldo is full of places that used to be other places. District Pour House + Kitchen, which opened last year at 7122 Wornall, replaced the Gaf, an Irish pub, which operated in the space for eight years, starting back in 2005. Before that, it was for many decades home to Romanelli Grill, a restaurant known for its catfish, ancient clientele, and cancerous levels of secondhand smoke. 

I'm too young by about 40 years to have ever hung out at Romanelli Grill, but I did some time at the Gaf. It was a little pricey for a man of my...earnings...but I appreciated that it was usually open late on weeknights and that it was reliably dark, as any authentic Irish pub should be. District is going for a brighter, livelier atmosphere, which is probably wise. It was packed last Friday night when I stopped by for a drink with my folks, who live nearby. I recommend the Smoke n' Clove — bourbon, honey, brown sugar syrup, muddled orange, square ice cube. On to the restrooms. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Port Fonda's Caitlin Corcoran won the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition last night

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

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Last night, at the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition, Port Fonda's Caitlin Corcoran beat out 11 other finalists (all of whom were male, for what it's worth). This is the second year in a row that a woman has taken home the crown; last year, the American's Paige Unger won the competition. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: The Rieger's Jenn Tosatto makes a drink fit for a queen

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

Early on a weekday afternoon, Jenn Tosatto is a blur of impressive mohawk and bar-themed tattoos as she preps for happy hour behind the handsome bar at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. She commands this space Monday through Friday, a queen pre siding over her loyal court during those most holy (and most necessary) of hours.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At the 403 Club, Dan Myers builds a beast of a bloody mary

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Myers hams it up for the photos. - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • Myers hams it up for the photos.

The sun is bright and heavy on the early Sunday afternoon when I visit the 403 Club in Kansas City, Kansas. But from inside this storied establishment, I can barely make out any evidence of the world beyond, just a few slivers of light straining through the blinds. The eight pinball machines lining the back wall blink coquettishly, waiting for someone’s hands to grip them. The small bar’s 10 stools are nearly all claimed, with bartender Dan Myers taking care of business during his one weekly shift at this final-outpost dive. (His regular gigs are at Westport’s Port Fonda and Ça Va.)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Ryan Rama talks to us about curaçao at CoCo Bolos

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

Michael Smith’s new CoCo Bolos is nestled within the theme-park-like maze of residential and retail development called PrairieFire, at 135th Street and Nall, and it took me three laps to get to it. By the time I sat down at the Mexican restaurant’s expansive bar, I felt like I had earned a drink. Ryan Rama was ready to meet my needs.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paige Unger brings new flavors to the American Restaurant's bar

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

The American Restaurant's stately dining room is silent and as carefully arranged as a movie still when I stop by early one afternoon to meet Paige Unger. Tables are fully set with china and glassware, and scalloped white-oak fixtures artfully diffuse light.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Bar Rosso's Kenny Cohrs showcases the versatility of Aperol

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

For months, I'd heard about Bar Rosso's Kenny Cohrs. Whenever I talked to a bartender around town, his name seemed to come up - and not without a touch of envy, given that Cohrs' corner of the local cocktail world is part of the sleek, modern Rosso restaurant, on the seventh floor of Hotel Sorella. Everyone seemed to refer to him as "the king of Aperol."

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