Friday, December 30, 2011

Jardine's: Beena out, new owners Joseph Fulgenzi and Robert McCain in

New owners take over the jazz club and restaurant.

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Joseph Fulgenzi, left, and Robert McCain plan to rehabilitate the public image of Jardines.
  • Joseph Fulgenzi, left, and Robert McCain plan to rehabilitate the public image of Jardine's.

If you haven't met Robert McCain and Joseph Fulgenzi yet — they're well-known local real-estate agents and entrepreneurs — you'll be hearing about them soon enough. McCain, who owns the Blo Salon & Studio in Westport, told Fat City today that he and longtime partner Fulgenzi have purchased the troubled Jardine's Restaurant & Jazz Club at 4536 Main from owner Beena Raja.

"It will remain a jazz club," McCain says, "and Beena will continue on for a period to guide us through the change in operations."

Jardine's has been bombarded with negative publicity since Raja allegedly fired her entire staff — there have been more public versions of the story than in Rashomon — and no one seems to know if the servers and musicians stiffed by Beena have been paid. (Waiter, author and blogger David Hayden, who has been following this story in his blog, told Fat City this evening that only one of the former staff members has been paid.)

The telephone number for Jardine's has been "temporarily disconnected," and the Jardine's website, under the "Special Events" tab, lists the following under the December 31 date:
"Come and celebrate with us!!! Its gonna be a party. Come say hello to Robert,Joseph, Armida, Antonio, Pat and the entire gang!!! Beena is fired. Lets toast 2012 with a bang.

McCain says New Year's Eve will mark their debut as the new owners of Jardine's.

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  • New owners take over the jazz club and restaurant.

Happy New Year. We'll see you in 2012

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

A toast to you at the end of 2011.
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  • A toast to you at the end of 2011.
Here's to breaking resolutions and purchasing the champagne that is a cut above Andre. May your New Year's Eve be hassle-free and spent with good company. A happy and healthy new year to you and your family, as well. We're off Monday, so we'll pick this back up on Tuesday.

Report indicates MU basketball coach Frank Haith tampered with transfer student

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Frank Haith denies tampering the Khem Birch.
  • Frank Haith denies tampering the Khem Birch.
The Mizzou Tigers men's basketball team is off to a perfect start under new head coach Frank Haith, but his reputation has been anything but. Before he took the court at Mizzou Arena, Haith was named in a report outlining a former University of Miami athletic booster Nevin Shapiro's accusations of widespread wrongdoing and unethical behavior at the school. Haith was the men's basketball coach at the school from 2004 until earlier this year. Shapiro claimed that Haith knew the booster had paid recruit DeQuan Jones $10,000. Haith denied wrongdoing and knowing about the payment.

A new potentially distracting story about Haith is gaining traction today, as CBS Sports college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman tweeted this morning that the University of Pittsburgh is upset with Mizzou and Haith for allegedly tampering with Panthers freshman center Khem Birch.

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New Year's Day: Eat Something, Part Two!

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Don Chilitos will have something spicy and cheesy for you on New Years Day
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  • Don Chilito's will have something spicy and cheesy for you on New Year's Day

If our earlier Fat City list of New Year's Day dining options didn't catch your fancy, here are several more ideas:

The manager at the Village Inn Family Restaurant in Mission (5800 Broadmoor, 913-236-7088) says a slice of this restaurant's French silk pie is a great hangover cure, preferably after a big hearty breakfast with eggs, toast, bacon, fried potatoes and lots of strong coffee. The Village Inn is open on New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The tasteful, intimate Chaz on the Plaza in the Raphael Hotel (325 Ward Parkway, 816-756-3800) is almost booked up for Sunday-morning breakfast — it will be serving from the breakfast menu from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. But chef Charles d"Ablaing still suggests calling to see if a table is available because he's making his own hangover-cure breakfast on New Year's Day: "It's my version of the classic Truck Stop," he says.

Chubby's on Broadway (3756 Broadway, 816-931-2482) will be open New Year's Day if your tastes run to lusciously greasy breakfasts and big juicy burgers. For a more elegant breakfast burger, Celina Tio's Julian (6227 Brookside Plaza, 816-214-8454) will be serving its off-the-menu brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including the brunch burger: a grilled English muffin topped with a juicy burger, bacon, a fried egg and supple hollandaise sauce.

Maybe a few hefty plates from an Indian buffet is the right way to usher in the year 2012. Swagat (7407 N.W. 87th Street, 816-746-9400) will offer a New Year's Day lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serve from the dinner menu from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Westport's popular Korma Sutra (4113 Pennsylvania, 816-931-7775) will offer a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner service from 5 to 9 p.m. Ruchi in Overland Park (11168 Antioch, 913-661-9088) will offer a lunch buffet on New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Man accused of trying to bring loaded gun on to flight at KCI

One passenger was apparently packing heat last week.

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Anthony Winn allegedly had a gun and a lot of cash in his luggage.
  • Anthony Winn allegedly had a gun and a lot of cash in his luggage.
Of all the headaches that airports have had to deal with during this holiday travel season, people packing heat might be the biggest. Anthony Winn allegedly was that headache at KCI Thursday when, authorities say, he tried to bring a loaded 9 mm Glock onto a connecting flight to Minneapolis. His final destination was Tucson.

Winn was detained by federal agents after he allegedly put his carry-on bag onto the X-ray belt, and security guards noticed the firearm. According to charges filed by federal prosecutors, Winn told authorities that he had picked the bag up from his mother's house in Independence and was going to take it to a friend in Arizona. He told agents, "If I had known there was a gun in my bag, I would not have tried to bring it on the plane." Federal prosecutors didn't buy his claim, and he has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and knowingly carrying a weapon onto a flight.

Authorities also said Winn was found to have $4,906 in his pockets, and his checked bag contained three pairs of jeans with a total of $26,515 stuffed into the pockets. Each of the charges he faces carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

You can read the full complaint, along with a thorough inventory of his luggage, here. He packed only five socks.

  • One passenger was apparently packing heat last week.

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The Outhouse: The Film offers up a sneak peak

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Brad Norman, the man behind The Outhouse: The Film documentary, conducted interview segments with local fans and patrons of the legendary punk-rock venue at the Jackpot and RecordBar last month. Norman has since traveled the country collecting stories from the likes of Ian Mackaye; Kevin Seconds; and members of Agnostic Front, Ultraman and Rancid Vat. Now there's a long-form trailer for you to check out and help you part with a few bucks once you've popped over to their newly created Kickstarter, where the organizers of the film hope to raise $8,500 in order to fund travel and licensing fees for the tunes within.

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KC (sadly? happily?) not among America's Drunkest Cities

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Samuel Adams -- its Bostonian for drunk.
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  • Samuel Adams — it's Bostonian for drunk.
'Tis the season to rank American cities based on a population's ability to cook, on the percentage of overweight citizens and on the talent for knocking them back. I want to let you down gently, Kansas City. We didn't make The Daily Beast's list of the top 25 drunkest cities in America.

One Missouri town did make the top 10, with St. Louis chugging its way to eighth on the list (up from 24th in the 2010 rankings). While tailgaters and the early morning crowd at the Zoo Bar might disagree (as did Men's Health, naming Kansas City the 36th drunkest city earlier this year), this is a collection of cities that we don't really want to be keeping company with, based on the stats used to determine which city is the lush uncle of municipalities.

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Parents of child who lost fingers in ferret attack say they're broke

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The sad case of the ferret attack takes another turn.
  • The sad case of the ferret attack takes another turn.
The story of the parents whose child lost seven fingers in a ferret attack has taken another odd turn. In January, Ryan and Carrie Waldo's 4-month-old baby girl had seven fingers chewed off (leaving only the thumbs and part of a pinkie) by the family pet in Grain Valley. The parents told police that they had fallen asleep and awoke when the girl screamed in pain. Cellphone records later showed that the parents were texting from different locations the evening of the attack, casting doubt on their version of events. In June, the parents were charged with first-degree child endangerment. Both pleaded not guilty.

In November, the Waldos missed a pretrial hearing, which prompted arrest warrants to be issued for them. An attorney representing Ryan Waldo told the court that public judgment of the couple has been harsh, and they are too broke to afford representation, according to KCTV Channel 5 News.

Dan Miller told a judge that he's working for Ryan Waldo on a pro bono basis, and that both parents have lost their jobs in the fallout of the accusations.

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Who's got a go-to special occasion recipe?

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Congratulations, bub, you live to fight another day.
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  • Congratulations, bub, you live to fight another day.
I've been tasked with the New Year's Eve dinner this year. It's too late to fly in lobsters (plus, I like the idea that I'm pardoning a few this year, just as the president spares the lives of several turkeys each Thanksgiving). Steaks are not necessarily a bad choice; they've just been overdone (pun intended) at my humble abode. But perhaps most significantly, I'm two solid meals in the hole, having been made beef bourguignon for my anniversary and the Pioneer Woman's chocolate sheet cake for my birthday.

In good news, I've got a full day to prep and a few kitchen's worth of utensils and appliances at my disposal. I'm looking for your best recipe, the one that you would use to get out of Dutch, get into heaven or get someone out of their apron. What's your go-to recipe?

Art For Skate's Sake to benefit Centennial Skate Park

Posted by on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Mateo Guterriez
  • Adam Dorssom
  • Mateo Guterriez
Tonight, you've got two opportunities to enjoy some punk rock and do some good for the Lawrence community. We've already noted Punk Rock Karaoke at the Replay, but what of our all-ages punk rockers? Hit up Love Garden, where Art for Skate's Sake offers both a photo exhibition and a show with performances from E100 and Stiff Middle Fingers. All proceeds benefit the Centennial Skate Park re-vamp project. The skate park was built in 1998, and while it has been resurfaced since, the size and condition of the park could use some serious rehabilitation. Everything gets kicking at 6 p.m., and the bands start at 7.

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