Monday, October 31, 2011

EBT Restaurant: The Young and the Restless

EBT Restaurant's general manager and chef are updating the restaurant's image.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Adam Horner and Tate Roberts want to take EBT Restaurant to the next level
  • Adam Horner and Tate Roberts want to take EBT Restaurant to the next level.

You don't hear much about EBT Restaurant these days.

The big store, before the wrecking ball.
Adam Horner, the 28-year-old general manager of the upscale restaurant located inside the United Missouri Bank building at 1310 Carondelet Drive, would like to change that. (And yes, the Korean-born Kansas State graduate is related, sort of, to former KCTV chief meteorologist Katie Horner; Katie's first husband Dan is Adam's cousin). Horner and his executive chef, 33-year-old Tate Roberts, are utilizing social media to bring the 32-year-old restaurant to the attention of a young dining audience who might not even know the classy venue even exists. And if they do, they may not know why it's called EBT. Why would they? The restaurant's namesake, the old Emery Bird Thayer department store in downtown Kansas City was razed long before Adam Horner and Tate Roberts were born.

But it's high time that a new generation discovered EBT, particularly now that two other unique special occasion restaurants of the same vintage — Skies and the Peppercorn Duck Club — are scheduled to close by the end of this year. EBT is also one of the few local restaurants left that still offer Caesar salad prepared tableside and for dessert, Bananas Foster (also created tableside) and steaming, airy dessert souffles. Even better, chef Tate Roberts has created a first-rate dinner menu that's competitively priced. The costliest steak on the menu, this restaurant's signature beef tenderloin medallions in a peppercorn sauce, is $32.95. (But no longer prepared tableside, like the old days). Roberts took off the $80 chateaubriand steak for two a while back. No one was ordering it anymore.

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  • EBT Restaurant's general manager and chef are updating the restaurant's image.

Markus Lee killed in Kansas City, Kansas, shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Markus Lee was killed in KCK.
Markus Lee was the victim of a homicide Sunday evening in Kansas City, Kansas, The PItch has confirmed.

Lee was found shot to death in the 1000 block of Ann Avenue.

Lee, believed by authorities to have strong ties to East Side gangs, was best known for beating three murder raps in eight years. In June, he was sentenced to 120 days of "shock time" for resisting arrest and leading police on a 10-minute, high-speed chase in a Prius.

The Pitch profiled Lee last year.

In a candid November 2010 interview, Lee told The Pitch: "I'm not trying to tell you I have a halo and angel wings. I might have half a wing. I'm not disputing that I'm a street dude, but I'm not this monster they try to say I am. Does it make me a bad guy because I'm from where I'm from?"

Lee was 27.

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The Bo-Keys, Molly Picture Club, Cyndi Lauper, and EOTO: Halloween's Best Bets

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

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Instead of sacrificing a cat in the name of Satan/J-Woww, spend your Halloween with these Best Bets.

Cyndi Lauper, with the Bo-Keys at Midland
EOTO at Liberty Hall
Halloween Show with the Goodfoot at the Riot Room
Everyday/Everynight, Parts of Speech, Molly Picture Club at RecordBar
Halloween & The Brick's BDAY, Karaoke with NanciPants! at the Brick
The Club Is Open (Guided by Voices Tribute), Deep Six (Big Black Tribute) at Jackpot Saloon
HALLOWEEN with Haulin' Oats, Stiff Middle Fingers, Americruiser (Urge Overkill Cover),
OBEY (tribute to Brainbombs) at Replay Lounge
God Project, Night Creation, Evil Kuntz, Stone Haven at Davey’s Uptown
Murder Mystery Halloween Costume with DJ Coldfish Party at the Bottleneck

Herbie Hancock, Sunday night at the Lied Center

Herbie Hancock, Sunday night at the Lied Center.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 12:03 PM

"What some musicians forget, is that there's not an us and them — it's we," jazz legend Herbie Hancock said from the stage last night. He was referring to the idea that, while it might seem like it was just he onstage at the Lied Center, it wasn't. He had the audience on his side. Hancock spoke before his performance began, discussing the pros and cons of a solo tour. The pros were that he could change meter and tempo, going off in strange directions, following his muse wherever it might take him. The con was — well, it was just ... Hancock.

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  • Herbie Hancock, Sunday night at the Lied Center.

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Puddle of Mudd, Kenny Rogers, David Cook, and more recently announced shows

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Puddle of Mudd without mud.
  • Puddle of Mudd without mud.

Do you yearn to rock…ish? You’re in luck! Kansas City's own pseudo-alternative rock, “nu-metal” band Puddle of Mudd will perform at the Midland on December 8. Tickets went on sale Friday. I'm betting you can still purchase a ticket. Support from Halestorm, Adelitas Way, Black Tide, and Landsdowne.

Other notable shows coming to the Midland: Kenny Rogers, December 4 and David Cook with Carolina Liar, November 25.

Another hoot worthy show not at the Midland: Digital Leather at the Replay, Thursday, December 8, 10 p.m.

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Free food today at Italian Gardens To Go

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:21 AM

It might all be gone by now...

If you've never eaten at restaurateur John David DiCapo's drive-through dining concept, Italian Gardens To Go, you better hurry. Like...now. Today is the final day for the two-year-old venue at 7121 N.W. Barry Road. And DiCapo started giving away free food — spaghetti and meat sauce, lasagna, pizza — at 11 a.m. "We're giving away 150 pieces of lasagna, 80 slices of pizza, Italian steaks," says DiCapo, the son of the iconic Carl DiCapo, longtime co-owner of the Italian Gardens Restaurant at 11th and Baltimore — torn down several years ago and replaced by a parking garage.

DiCapo says he's serving the free food until they've run out of everything. DiCapo says the Barry Road restaurant is closing for several reasons, but primarily because his lease ended today. "We chose not to renew the lease," says DiCapo, "after the expansion of the Quik Trip in the same complex. They blocked our access. I need to find a location where we can be for 50 years. So we're closing up to find a better spot."

Carl DiCapo will be on hand as well, encouraging drive-through diners to put a little cash in two Salvation Army buckets.

Free cupcakes and coffee at the Roasterie Cafe in Leawood tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Raise a cup to The Roasterie tomorrow.
  • Raise a cup to The Roasterie tomorrow.
Those coffee shops sure grow up fast these days. The Roasterie Cafe at the One Nineteen Shopping Center (119th and Roe) in Leawood celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow. Each customer will receive a 1.75 ounce bag of coffee and the real party is from 1 to 2 p.m. because that's when the free coffee and cupcakes are being served.

The original Roasterie Cafe in Brookside (6223 Brookside Boulevard) celebrated its sixth anniversary on October 18, only four days after a small electrical fire briefly shut down their downtown plant. While you're at the One Nineteen Shopping Center, you can poke your nose into Fo Thai (4331 W. 119th St.), a modern Thai restaurant expected to open there next month.

Can you put a price on an In-N-Out Burger? How about $28?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The mailman could be bringing you this.
  • Serious Eats: Kenji Alt
  • The mailman could be bringing you this.
This morning you will once again wake up to discover that you are outside the delivery radius of In-N-Out Burger. Because at 501 miles away from the nearest distribution center, we're right at the border of where the California chain will deliver its never-frozen patties.

Tomorrow, that all changes because Midtown Row is offering a new deal — two frozen double-doubles (two beef patties, lettuce, tomato, spread [a cousin to Thousand Island dressing], American cheese and optional onions) for $50, plus $6 shipping and handling [h/t Eater].

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Anybody out there actually have a reliable hangover cure?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Bradley Cooper cant help you right now.
  • Bradley Cooper can't help you right now.
Halloween falling on a Monday is a dangerous thing because you could be looking at four consecutive nights of dressing up and downing drinks like Skittles. Also, Halloween parties are when the drinks of your youth suddenly get back together inside your liver. Oh, hello Jello Shots, I see you've found Rumplemintz. I'll leave you two to get reacquainted.

So while tonight may be your final night to discover your inner pagan (not to mention a showdown between the Chiefs and the Chargers), odds are you're a bit banged up from the weekend. Anyone actually have a reliable hangover cure?

Listen before the show: David Bazan

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 8:17 AM

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David Bazan's Lawrence show at the Bottleneck is fast approaching. It's, like, this Saturday (November 5, doors 8 p.m., all-ages, $12).

If you're not familiar with Bazan's soulful indie folkness, take a listen to his recent Daytrotter session. It's worth the click.

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