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.