For the better part of the last year, restaurateurs Bret Springs and Zach Marten (the pair behind pizza-wine bar Coal Vines, on the Plaza) have busied themselves with transforming that old record store (most recently Streetside Records) into a restaurant and bar - a "sports lounge, for lack of a better description," Springs says. "A sports bar with an elevated atmosphere." Come happy hour this evening, Westport Ale House will open its doors to the public.
A tequila bar with a Mexican-centric food menu, the Drunken Worm opened its doors for business last Wednesday, says general manager Levi Keefer, who has previously worked stints at the north-of-the-river Granfalloon, Mosaic, Angels Rock Bar and John's Big Deck. (Ralph Sander and Matt Laffey are the other principal partners in the operation.)
Sarah Bruce is married to the guy at the top right of that photo - the one flossin' that baller pencil-thin goatee. His name is Terry Bruce, and he is the majority leader of the Kansas Senate. Yesterday afternoon, around 3 p.m., Sarah crashed her car into another vehicle on Main Street in Hutchinson. Nobody was hurt, but Sarah was subsequently jailed for both driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
When (if?) the temperature finally drops this fall, there will be a new summery beer in town for sipping at your favorite bar. Santa Fe Brewing Company today announced that it's going to release Imperial Smoked Rye Porter in Kansas City in mid-November. The New Mexico brewery teamed up with local distributor Central States Beverage Company on the cold one.
The brewery says the beer is designed to pair well with Kansas City barbecue. "We decided to go bold and do an Imperial style porter so its character would stand up to the big flavors of smoked meats. Not only will this beer scream Kansas City, it will also give a wink to Santa Fe with subtle notes of chipotle chile peppers, " Santa Fe head brewer AJ Condit said in a statement. We've had enough of this late summer heat, but if the upcoming winter is anything like frigid snow dump of last year, any beer that reminds us of sun and barbecue will likely be a hit.
As regulars of many, many watering holes around town, we've found a funny trend: Bars without their own breweries offering their own brands of beer. It's not a bad gimmick for tavern owners, who buy some not-so-great beer from breweries, slap the establishments' names on the kegs and hang up signs in restrooms touting the impostor suds.
In anticipation of a summer spent regulating our body temperature with cold drinks in dark bars, we sampled five bar-branded brews.
At the new Port Fonda restaurant in Westport, there are currently 13 imaginative craft cocktails on the drink menu, including a Technicolor pink Roselle Margarita (made with house-made hibiscus syrup and Solerno blood orange liqueur). The unexpected offering on the list is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early days of the 1900s, if not before. It's so classic, in fact, that Port Fonda is one of the few places in Kansas City — besides Manifesto, of course — where you can find one.
The cocktail in question? The Jack Rose — a combination of applejack brandy, lemon juice and grenadine — that
was the featured alcoholic beverage (the only one, actually) in one of the most lavish private homes in New York City: 840 Fifth Avenue, the mansion owned by the imperious Mrs. William Astor. The Mrs. Astor, who ruled New York society wearing fabulous diamonds and a purple-black wig from the mid-1800s until 1905. Guests at her dinner parties were permitted one cocktail before dinner: a small glass of Jack Rose.
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