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Friday, December 18, 2009

KCMO Liquor Control's latest victim: Kennedy's Bar & Grill

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM


Whoever these thirsty, underage kids are who go undercover for the city's Regulated Industries Division, they are good. Employees at Kennedy's Bar & Grill, in Waldo at 500 West 75th Street, are the latest to fall for their tricks. Because someone sold liquor to a minor, the bar's managing officer and Regulated Industries have agreed that Kennedy's will close for two days as punishment, from January 4 to January 6.

As a condition of the suspension,

the head honcho at Kennedy's has agreed to provide education, training and

instruction to the bar's employees about city ordinances, according to the city's press release.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Kickin' it with the Homies in Union Station's model train exhibit

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I was at Union Station last weekend, enjoying the model trains weaving around the extensive set-up in the lobby, when I noticed some familiar faces among the exhibit's tiny populace.


Not far from the accident scene that C.J. Janovy recently photographed, a cluster of little dudes are hanging out on a rocky ridge. But unlike the multitude of other plastic people in the set, likely acquired from hobby shops and model-railroad enthusiast kits, these are Homies, the collectible 50-cent characters once sold in vending machines in the lobbies of grocery stores and laundromats.

For a while, the little dudes had quite a niche in pop culture. But you don't see 'em around so much anymore -- and I definitely didn't expect to see them kickin' it in the quaint world erected by Union Station's model railroad club.

Luckily, Mike Laboi, vice president of the Union Station Model Railroad Society, was on hand to tell me the story of how these Homies found their way to this side of the tracks.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Velvet Dog celebrates 15 years this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Chris Seferyn
  • Chris Seferyn

The Velvet Dog, Martini Corner's flagship establishment, will celebrate its crystal anniversary this weekend. I sat down with Chris Seferyn, owner of the VD (400 East 31st St.) and Mint Ultra Lounge (334 East 31st St.), to discuss what it takes to keep things rollin' in Midtown for 5,475 days.

The Pitch: So what's been your secret to keeping the business going for 15 years?

Chris Seferyn: I believe that a good bar is a community service and every town needs good bars. And it's up to people like myself to pay attention to what's going on, listen to people and figure out how to design something that people will enjoy so when they go out, they have places to go.

I noticed you don't book any bands or have any regularly scheduled entertainment. Is there a reason for that?

The Velvet Dog is a lounge. A lounge could be a lot of things. It could be a torch singer. It could be a jazz band. It could be a DJ. Anything. The Dog was never really about live music, per se. The first five to seven years we were open, all the other people that played music at all the other places, hung out here when they weren't performing. It's just a chill spot with really good music, eclectic vibe, retro feel. It's not necessarily about entertainment, although we do have some DJs, and I'm going to start expanding the flow and make the Dog more of a DJ lounge. Part of this anniversary party is kind of the end of the old Dog and the beginning of the new Dog.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Smoking bans: Not responsible for everything

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 8:00 AM


Bar owners blame the smoking bans enacted in Kansas City, Missouri, and its suburbs for ruining their business and for starting World War I. (Gavrilo Princip saw a future where Serbian-Americans couldn't light up in midtown bars, so he shot the archduke of Austria.) But a study of communities in Minnesota finds that removing the ashtrays has a negligible effect on employment.

Researchers at Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota used state job data to track bar and restaurant workers over a 45-month period. Cities with comprehensive smoking bans saw a decrease of 9 workers per 10,000 residents when compared to cities with partial bans. But communities with any prohibition in place (full or partial) gained 3 workers per 10,000 residents compared to places with no bans.

Emily Klein, one of the authors, says the lack of a significant economic effect "should give us more support for maintaining the most beneficial public health policies."

Important caveat: A nonprofit group dedicated to "reducing tobacco's harm" funded the study.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Presented without comment: The Snuggie Sutra

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 6:31 AM


Like the site says, it was inevitable.


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Friday, August 7, 2009

Thank you, Brad Pitt, for making Missouri sound cool

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Springfield has considered a Brad Pitt museum
  • Springfield has considered a Brad Pitt museum

In Brad Pitt's interview with Parade Magazine, he's quoted as saying, "In Missouri, where I come from, we don't talk about what we do--we just do it. If we talk about it, it's seen as bragging."

In actual context, he was talking about how he had to quit smoking weed, but there's gotta be a compliment in there somewhere.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Harry's, Brooksider to serve brief suspensions

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Harry's Country Club and the Brooksider Bar & Grill will close for two days because of violations of Kansas City, Missouri's liquor laws.

The suspensions begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Violations included the selling of alcohol to minors, according to the city's Regulated Industries Division.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bikes fall in love on Craigslist

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Green bike and red bike, sittin' in a tree
  • Green bike and red bike, sittin' in a tree

According to a Craigslist Missed Connections post, two bikes on I-35 fell in love. But love at 55 miles per hour can't last, can it? (Lots of [sic] in the following.)

Today my big green bike seems to have fallen in love with your little

red bike. I know, I was as surprised as anyone to learn that my bike is

lesbian. But, it seems that she likes smaller, well built bikes and it

was all I could do keep her from looking overly eager. (I hear that is

bad.) We were headed to work on I-35 South, when you caught up to us

and passed on the inside. Thinking back on it, your bike may have been

flirting with mine the way she signaled like that and then cut back

into the outside lane just one car ahead of us.

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Coffee Break's Troost stickers are all the rage

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Troost sticker
  • Troost sticker

If you've driven down Troost Avenue, oh, ever, you might have found yourself behind a vehicle sporting one of these blunt, black-and-white bumper stickers. They're the creation of Mark Holmes, the 41-year-old owner of Coffee Break, the quirky cafe that serves Rockhurst University and University of Missouri Kansas City students on the corner of 54th and

Holmes sells the stickers for $1 apiece. His first 300 went pretty fast. After donating the $300 in proceeds to Durwin Rice's Tulips on Troost efforts, Holmes broke even. Making money wasn't the point. The stickers are advertising, sure, but more than that, Holmes is using them to try to drive away the negative connotations associated with Troost Avenue.

"It's all in how you interpret it," he says of the design. The street's name is big, bold and ambiguous. "Coffee Break" is on there, too, in such small letters across the bottom left that motorists never see it. "If you don't get it, you don't get it," Holmes says. "That's why it doesn't say something like, Troost is where you need to be."

The message is getting out, obviously, because Holmes' stickers are gone. His next batch of 1,000, still $1 each, should arrive in a few weeks. He sells t-shirts of the design too.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Have you seen me? The MJ memorial edition

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Virtual moonwalk to whoever can name the location of this awesome, stopped-me-in-my-tracks-from-the-other-side-of-the-street Michael Jackson memorial.


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