Openings & Closings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Longboards Wraps & Bowls will open in Mission next month

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The success of the second Longboards Wraps & Bowls in Liberty influenced the owner to open a third location in Mission, which opens in mid-October.
  • The success of the second Longboards Wraps & Bowls in Liberty influenced the owner to open a third location in Mission, which opens in mid-October.


Five months after Longboards Wraps & Bowls founders John Bailey and Gilbert Macpagel signed a lease for the former Little Caesar's Pizza location in the Mission Mart Center, the venue is almost ready. When Bailey spoke with The Pitch back in April, he was hoping for a July or August opening. The new date set for the Mission restaurant's opening is mid-October.

"We're waiting for a couple of permits," Bailey says. "But we're pretty much ready to go."

Since opening the first Longboards at 6269 North Oak Trafficway 10 years ago, Bailey and Macpagel have built a loyal following for the fast-casual restaurant's grilled wraps and sandwiches; a Liberty location opened in 2012.

The Mission Longboards' menu mirrors that of the other Longboards restaurants in the metro, but the venue's general manager, Brian Paisner, is hoping to add a few desserts.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boozefish closes after this weekend's two-day party

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

It's an offbeat selection of items for sale at Maija Diethelm-Floyd's estate sale at her Boozefish Wine Bar. A couple who became engaged in the restaurant several years ago and now live in another state are having Maija ship them a few things they remembered from that night.
  • It's an offbeat selection of items for sale at Maija Diethelm-Floyd's estate sale at her Boozefish Wine Bar. A couple who became engaged in the restaurant several years ago and now live in another state are having Maija ship them a few things they remembered from that night.

Looking for a bag of wine corks? (Great for some future craft project.) Framed artwork? Snazzy votive candleholders? Maija Diethelm-Floyd, owner of Boozefish Wine Bar in Westport, is selling all kinds of things — except the kitchen equipment — in an estate sale that she kicked off yesterday at her 13-year-old restaurant at 1511 Westport Road. The sale continues today and tomorrow from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

The sale represents another closing chapter in Diethelm-Floyd's life. She's in, she says, "intense negotiations" to sell her popular Westport bistro ahead of, as she told The Pitch in April, a permanent move to France before the end of the year with her husband, Steve Floyd. Diethelm-Floyd, the daughter of a French citizen, visits France later this month to see her stepmother and, she says, "and take care of some family business."

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Remedy Food + Drink will become the Summit Grill Kansas City next month

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

There's a new restaurant concept taking over the former Remedy Food + Drink. The new Summit Grill & Bar Kansas City will bring a more substantial menu to 500 West 75th Street. - OWEN MORRIS
  • Owen Morris
  • There's a new restaurant concept taking over the former Remedy Food + Drink. The new Summit Grill & Bar Kansas City will bring a more substantial menu to 500 West 75th Street.

Two years after a popular Waldo watering hole, Kennedy's Bar & Grill at 500 West 75th Street, was transformed into a gastropub called Remedy Food + Drink, the venue is poised to undergo yet another transformation.

The restaurant and bar currently known as Remedy Food + Drink closes on Sunday, September 28. Three days later, the property will be taken over by two former McCormick & Schmick employees — Andy Lock and chef Domhnall Molloy — who branched out on their own two years ago and turned the former Rumors Steakhouse in Lee's Summit, at 4835 Northeast Lakewood Way, into the superior Summit Grill & Bar.

The success of the Summit Grill & Bar inspired the two men (Lock is general manager, and Molloy is executive chef) to look for a second location. Because Molloy — who is the brother of Blue Grotto owner Fintan Molloy — lives in Waldo, the Remedy space seemed ideal for a smaller version of the Summit Grill & Bar. When the new restaurant and bar opens, tentatively on October 15, it will be called the Summit Grill & Bar Kansas City. The menu will reflect the Lee's Summit location, featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh grilled salmon, pot roast and pork chops.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Plowboys Barbecue signs lease for Town Pavilion location, November opening set

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

A hefty pork and turkey barbecue sandwich will be one of the offerings when Plowboys Barbecue opens its second location in the Town Pavilion in November. - FACEBOOK/PLOWBOYS
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  • A hefty pork and turkey barbecue sandwich will be one of the offerings when Plowboys Barbecue opens its second location in the Town Pavilion in November.

Todd Johns, the competitive barbecue pitmaster and the owner of the one-year-old Plowboys Barbecue restaurant in Blue Springs (3111 Missouri 7, to be exact), will open a second location, in downtown Kansas City later this year in the Town Pavilion, at 1111 Main.

"Our focus there," Johns says, "will be lunch business. The Town Pavilion has 2,300 people each weekday — that's like a small town. This space will be an opportunity to cater to the lunch crowd, create box lunches and cater business lunches. We don't expect much business after 2 p.m., but we're going to stay open until 5:30 p.m., at least at first, to see if downtown workers might like to pick up something for dinner on their way home."

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tea House & Coffeepot has closed

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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Four years after tea-loving entrepreneur Keith Buchanan opened his small venue, Tea House & Coffeepot, at 4309 Jefferson, the British-born Buchanan has decided to close the shop.

"We just weren't doing that well," Buchanan says. "We had our regulars who came in frequently — we simply didn't have enough of them. We had a 'closed' sign up for a while to do some maintenance, but it didn't make sense to open it again. So we are absolutely closed."


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ladybird Diner in Lawrence cures hangovers and hunger

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Ladybird Diner's Meg Heriford insists that a St. Louis hangover cure, a breakfast concoction called the Slinger, works like a charm. And if it doesn't, a cup of java and rum-raisin French toast might do the trick.
  • Ladybird Diner's Meg Heriford insists that a St. Louis hangover cure, a breakfast concoction called the Slinger, works like a charm. And if it doesn't, a cup of java and rum-raisin French toast might do the trick.


Don't ask Meg Heriford, the proprietor of the two-week-old Ladybird Diner in Lawrence, Kansas (721 Massachusetts, 785-856-5239) if she's using artisan breads for the sandwiches in her restaurant. After all, she's not that far away from the iconic WheatFields Bakery.

"No, no," Heriford says, " this is a diner. We're not using fancy breads or fancy coffee. Our sandwich buns are from Rainbow Bakery — the kind that Town Topic uses. They're the best for diner burgers."

Unlike Town Topic, however, Heriford doesn't use pies from Overland Park-based Golden Boy Pies, Inc. She still bakes her own, and they sell out so fast that the day after the Ladybird's opening weekend, she bought two new ovens. 

"We had sold out of pie by 2 p.m. on that first Saturday," Heriford says. "We have some people who come into the diner just for a piece of pie and we didn't have any. I don't think we should ever be out of pie, but my kitchen is so tiny, we can hardly keep up with the demand, especially if we're trying to make biscuits and meatloaf at the same time.

"Our first oven is a great deck oven from a Baptist church in Topeka," Heriford continues. "But we'll be using the new ovens as wingmen just to bake pies all day long. Maybe I can keep up. I'll try. We can produce enough pies for our dining room, but we're still not at the place where I can sell whole pies, and we get a lot of requests for them."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IKEA Merriam gives the media a freshman orientation class

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Local reporters, bloggers, and prize winners -- at least one TV station had a media-day giveaway contest -- helped themselves to a buffet served in the second-floor cafeteria of the still-unopened IKEA store today. By the way, the Swedish meatballs, its signature delicacy, were not very good. - JEREMY LUTHER
  • Jeremy Luther
  • Local reporters, bloggers, and prize winners -- at least one TV station had a media-day giveaway contest -- helped themselves to a buffet served in the second-floor cafeteria of the still-unopened IKEA store today. By the way, the Swedish meatballs, its signature delicacy, were not very good.

I have friends and co-workers who are so excited about next week's opening of the Merriam IKEA store — that monumental azure-blue box perched on the eastern side of Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive — that they can barely contain their enthusiasm for the grand opening of the Swedish company's 40th U.S. location and the very first IKEA in the state of Kansas.

"You don't understand the sweeping changes this store is going to make to the Kansas City retail community," announced one friend without a trace of irony. "Life may never be the same here again."

Pardon me for being, well, a tiny bit cynical, but I've lived through the hoopla that accompanied such life-changing developments as the Manor Square entertainment complex in 1987,  Leawood's Town Center Plaza in 1996, the opening of Kansas City's Nebraska Furniture Mart in 2003. They all opened with a big bang, promising the dawn of a new day of retail in the metro with publicists — both local and national — whipping up the hype until it reached an almost fever pitch.

Today was the official press preview of the massive store, which boasts two dining venues, 10,000 exclusively designed items, 37 "inspirational room settings" and a supervised children's play area. 

The well-organized event seemed to be modeled after a traditional college-freshman orientation: wait here, go here, eat here, meet your tour guide, wear a badge, don't dawdle too long, remember to look for the signs pointing toward the bathrooms.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar hires new chef, pastry chef

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Bobby Bowman, the newly hired executive chef at the still-unopened Jax Fish House on the Country Club Plaza, is just waiting for his kitchen to be finished.
  • Bobby Bowman, the newly hired executive chef at the still-unopened Jax Fish House on the Country Club Plaza, is just waiting for his kitchen to be finished.

When the Colorado-based Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar opens on the Country Club Plaza in late September (or, more likely, October 1) at 900 West 48th Place, there will be at least two familiar faces in the exhibition kitchen: Chef Bobby Bowman, a veteran of both Webster House and Lidia's, has been hired as executive chef; Kelly Conwell — most recently at Bluestem and a culinary competition star — has been hired as the restaurant's pastry chef.

Bowman, 35, is a native of Columbia, Missouri, and studied psychology and music (he's a drummer) at Missouri State University before turning his interest to cooking. After a few menial restaurant jobs, Bowman moved to Kansas City 10 years ago to pursue his dream and landed a prep-cook job with the short-lived Cafe Trocadero on 31st Street. He lasted only three weeks: "I let a reduction sit on the stove until it burned."

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Social: Future of downtown bar — and Downtown Pizza — is in limbo

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Downtown Pizza owner Andy Skeen says he'll be delivering pizzas tonight, whether Social is open for business or not.
  • Downtown Pizza owner Andy Skeen says he'll be delivering pizzas tonight, whether Social is open for business or not.

The glass door to Social, the urban gay bar at 1118 McGee, was locked 30 minutes ago. It might open again tonight — then again, it might be closed for an extended period of time. Possibly, forever. There's a problem — a matter of back rent owed by the club's owner, Mike Flinn, to the building's owners. Rumors flew over the internet earlier today that two other local bars were interested in the space.

"It could be open tonight," says one of the pizzeria's employees. "We're waiting to hear from Mike."

The restaurant's future puts Andy Skeen, owner of the 18-month-old Downtown Pizza, which Skeen had operated out of Social's kitchen, in limbo.

"I don't know if I'm still in business here, what I should be telling my employees, whether I should be looking for a new location for my business," says Skeen, looking very frustrated. "I only found out about this two hours ago."

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Rusty Horse Tavern in Parkville has a new owner, new ideas

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Although the Rusty Horse Tavern in Parkville is better known for its burgers than its steaks, new owner Jim Cox has added Choice grilled sirloin and rib-eyes, including a flavorful 12-ounce rib-eye, dripping with herb butter, served with a salad and a side dish for $19.99.
  • Although the Rusty Horse Tavern in Parkville is better known for its burgers than its steaks, new owner Jim Cox has added Choice grilled sirloin and rib-eyes, including a flavorful 12-ounce rib-eye, dripping with herb butter, served with a salad and a side dish for $19.99.

Two years after local restaurateur Kevin Heaton — best known for his Parkville pizzeria, Stone Canyon Pizza — opened a beer-and-burger restaurant called Rusty Horse Tavern at 6325 Lewis in the Parkville Commons, he sold the business (but kept a small interest) to 41-year-old Jim Cox, the longtime vice president of operations for the Jose Peppers restaurants.

Cox took over the operation of the venue four weeks ago and has been making slight changes to the menu with his chef, Jose Paulino, so that longtime customers to the Parkville restaurant wouldn't be overwhelmed by the change in ownership style. But Cox, a veteran of the J. Alexander's restaurant chain, has his own vision for the family-friendly restaurant: fewer burgers, more steaks and other modestly priced but distinctive entrees. Cox has already removed the "Elvis Burger" from the new menu. "We were throwing away way too many bananas," he says.

The young servers at the Rusty Horse have been pushing a couple of the Mexican-influenced dishes on the menu (including a "grilled burro"), but Cox is much more interested in getting feedback about his inexpensive but tasty steak dinners and meaty barbecue ribs, slow-roasted over hickory wood with his own sauce made with Guinness stout.

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