The "Closed" sign was posted on the front door of the Westport breakfast and lunch venue, Simply Breakfast, in October. A month later, the location at 4120 Pennsylvania has a new tenant: Ernesto Peralta Jr., creator of Blanc Burgers + Bottles.
But don't assume another Blanc is going into the space. Peralta started out in Westport, but after closing the original location and opening Blanc restaurants on the Country Club Plaza and Leawood, he's mulling over several possible concepts for the venue, including a new breakfast spot.
"We're considering several different ideas," Peralta says. "The only concept that's totally off the table is a Mexican restaurant. Why would I do that with Port Fonda across the street."
"It's a great space," Peralta adds. "We'll need to update the kitchen, but we won't do that until we absolutely know what we're going to do in there. I'm toying with the idea of a restaurant focused on flatbread. I do know it's going to take two or three months to get the restaurant open and running."
I asked Peralta if he has totally ruled out putting a new Blanc in 4120 Pennsylvania. He answered warily.
"Maybe, but maybe not. I've got lots of different ideas for it."