Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Pitch's Questionnaire with STRETCH

The ebullient Pennsylvania native has plenty of love for KC.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Name: STRETCH

Occupation: Artist, restaurateur, TV personality

Hometown: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Current neighborhood: Home, Center City; work, Crossroads Arts District

Who or what is your sidekick? DUF, my dog

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Magic-carpet salesman

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Filling Station, Vietnam Café

Where do you drink? Home, Grinders, the Peanut

What's your favorite charity? Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsyfoundation.org; Wounded Warriors, woundedwarriorproject.org

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Strasser Hardware, Harry J. Epstein Co.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? WaterFire on the Plaza

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Arthur Bryant's

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Opened the Power & Light District.

"Kansas City needs ... " Synchronized traffic signals and HOV lanes.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Change my socks twice a day and travel all over the world cooking for the troops (Google "Messlords").

"On my day off, I like to ... " I never have a day off, but when I get a spare moment ... golf and ride motorcycles.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Busier than I have ever been ... but hopefully 10 inches taller and 15 pounds lighter.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? The Big Bang Theory, Food Network

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Everything from punk to polka

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Die Hard

What local tradition do you take part in every year? New Year's Eve ball drop at Grinders

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Seth Green

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Jasper's Restuarant, Food Republic, Jimmy Fallon

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Honey Boo Boo

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Pandora

Last book you read: Steven Raichlen's BBQ USA

Favorite day trip: Mindless motorcycle ride to Leavenworth

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? When a girlfriend's mom came home in the middle of an act.

Interesting brush with the law? Being denied entry into Canada, then getting smuggled in by Mohawk Indians.

Describe a recent triumph: Moving into fatherhood

Stretch is planning a Lenexa location in the space formerly occupied by Kieltyka's Stonewall Inn (10240 Pflumm Road). Look for Grinders Roadhouse in about six months.

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