Jessica Bridges 
Member since May 25, 2012

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Re: “Save Westport? Assessing the neighborhood’s recent parking-lot controversy

Anyone who claims parking is easy to find in Westport must only go there during the day on weekdays.

I usually spend 10 minutes driving through all the usual places before either giving up and parking on the other side of Broadway or parking in the Mill St garage. Even the lots on Pennsylvania north of Westport Rd are always full these days.

Actually trying to shop at World Market sucks because you will circle the lot for 10 minutes waiting for someone to leave - most of the parking spots are taken by people who are at bars/restaurants.

That being said, losing 40 or so parking spaces isn't that huge a burden. It's already bad, so this isn't that much worse. It does suck for bands and patrons trying to go to Westport Saloon or order a bite to eat next door, but the worst part is adding more chains to Westport.

Everyone in KC seems to be selling out. The Plaza is inundated with chains, it took 10 years for Starbucks to move out of Westport, but another chain moved into its place. It's stupid to have essentially the same fast-food restaurants directly across from each other. There are plenty of local chefs and entrepreneurs who would gladly open up shop in a development there if given the chance. Westport has changes for the better in the past ten years. This is a step backward.

29 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 02/10/2015 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Knuckleheads plans expansion with a 1,000-capacity music venue

A Kickstarter Campaign? This isn't a struggling entrepreneur. This is a business with consistent clientele. You don't see Alex Pope running a kickstarter every time he wants to open a new restaurant. Or Stretch asking for donations to open a new Grinders. Seems odd to me to ask for donations for this. I would wonder if the money is actually going to the renovations or just going into someone's pocket. Seems like the renovations are already halfway done if you look at the Kickstarter page. But if a local music lover wants to donate their money to Knuckleheads, fine by me. I would personally prefer to be an investor, not a donor. I do think that this size venue is needed in KC, though. By the photos, it looks like it will be a cool place.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 02/06/2015 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Char Bar opens big in Westport

I can't wait to try this place. It sounds fantastic.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 11/17/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Andre's Confiserie Suisse opens new coffee and wine bar

I love this concept.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 10/01/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “California Pizza Kitchen on Plaza is closing on Sunday

Please, please, please let it be a local concept.

25 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 09/25/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Preservation Market takes on table service, cheaper beer, bigger menu

I was so excited about this place leading up to the grand opening and I was so disappointed once I tried it. Alex Pope is a great chef, but the food is a little too "foodie" for a beer bar. I went with a group when it first opened and ordered several things. Only 1 or 2 items were something I would want to eat again and nothing hit the spot when drinking beer. I haven't been back since since I didn't care for the food, thought the beer was overpriced, not a great tap selection, and confusing service.

I think the similar concept - Beer Station - in Waldo is MUCH better. Reasonably priced brews, huge tap selection and bottle selection. Only a few things on the menu, but they are things more people want to eat while they are drinking. Hot pretzels, flatbreads. And a better feel for hanging out. On the flip side, Bridger's is smaller and the current setup is not conducive to hanging out there for a few hours over a selection of beers.

I actually had no idea Bridger's/Preservation Market served sandwiches and salads. When I was there the selection was chicken livers, lamb tartare, deviled eggs, etc. I really had no desire to eat raw meat or offal with a $14 beer in an awkward setting, so I never returned.

If the changes can make this a more enjoyable place for everyday dining & drinking I would be willing to try it again. I think the guys behind this place are talented, they just didn't have their finger on the pulse of what the majority of people actually want.

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 09/16/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “OK Go mesmerized '90s babies, and their dads, at the Riot Room

Aw, man! I love OkGo. I didn't know they were in KC. :(
Riot Room seems like an awful venue for them, though. Geez.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jessica Bridges on 08/13/2014 at 3:31 PM

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