Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Pinoy Cafe closed before it ever opened

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Theresa Spencer had a great idea for a Filipino restaurant in midtown, but the deal went sour.
  • Theresa Spencer had a great idea for a Filipino restaurant in midtown, but the deal went sour.

Fans of Filipino cuisine were eagerly waiting for the opening of restaurateur Theresa Spencer's Pinoy Cafe, which she had planned to open this year in the former Grille on Broadway space at 3605 Broadway. Fat City interviewed Spencer last March, shortly after she signed a lease on the 880-square-foot venue.

But the deal is off: "The lease has been terminated," says landlord Greg Patterson. "Theresa has been in the Philippines for several months, and, I understand, her investors have pulled out. I'm now showing the space again to other restaurateurs interested in the space. It has a fully equipped kitchen and is ready to go."

If you've ever fancied opening an intimate little bistro of your own, Patterson can be reached at 816-753-3619. The venue was occupied by the popular Nabil's restaurant for much of the 1980s.

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The Soul Food Festival returns to Parade Park on August 25

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Live music and soul food -- a delicious combination.

The Oklahoma-based nonprofit group Kinfolks Foundation has sponsored a Soul Food Festival in several major cities — this year's venues include Nashville, Houston, Atlanta and Memphis — over the last five years. The music-and-culinary event will be held in Kansas City's Parade Park (Paseo Boulevard and Truman Road) on Saturday, August 25, and will feature a lineup of musical acts that includes the Whispers, Ginuwine, Dwele, Kelly Price, Zapp, and Jagged Edge.

The event features food vendors — traveling food trucks and local vendors, like Lutfi's Fried Fish — serving an array of classic soul-food favorites and cold beverages. For more information, including ticket prices, click here.

Ron Marts, owner of troubled funeral home, faces new charges from Attorney General Chris Koster

Funeral home operator Ron Marts is facing new charges from AG Chris Koster.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Ron Marts is in more trouble.
Ron Marts, the owner of Westport funeral home Marts Memorial Services, is facing criminal charges from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. In February 2011, The Pitch wrote about how Marts knowingly gave grieving families cremated remains of deceased people who were not their family members. Marts also had a contract with Jackson County to handle the cremation of the bodies of indigent people.

Inspectors cited Marts repeatedly for not following mandatory guidelines for body storage. Some of the violations were for keeping his cooling room at 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees warmer than allowable by law), not keeping records, and for keeping bodies in his shop without refrigerating them within 24 hours of death. The Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors revoked Marts' funeral directors license in 2010. He appealed, and Marts Memorial Services kept running with a court-appointed manager running the shop. In March 2011, he was told to cease operating the business.

In a press release announcing the charges against Marts, Koster accuses him of stealing money from customers who bought funeral packages before their deaths, of violating the Missouri Preneed Funeral Contract Act, and of deceptive business practices.

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  • Funeral home operator Ron Marts is facing new charges from AG Chris Koster.

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Live in an apartment and want Google Fiber? Here's how to get it

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Heres how to get Google Fiber in your apartment.
  • Here's how to get Google Fiber in your apartment.
Last week, Google finally revealed its plans for Google Fiber, making "fiberhood" a part of the Kansas City lexicon. Google put the onus on consumers to preregister for Fiber or be left without (with a deadline of September 9).

There was no time to waste. My fiberhood is Quality Hill — I live in an apartment there — and we were on the high-end of Google's scale, needing 25 percent of the neighborhood to preregister to get Fiber. That's 346 people. I tried to sign up ... but I got this error message: "Sorry... we couldn't find that address."

The maker of Google Maps couldn't find my address? How am I supposed to rally my fiberhood to preregister if I can't do it myself? This wasn't just a Quality Hill problem. I've heard from other apartment dwellers who were having the same issue.

I called up Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres, who told me that the manager of my apartment complex would have to fill out a form to get into Fiber consideration. This form. You'll want to send the link to your apartment complex or condo manager, too, if you want Fiber.

"We're encouraging residents to talk to their landlords first, and tell them that they're interested in having Google Fiber for their apartment building," Wandres said. "Then the landlord can get in touch with us online and ask us to build to the building."

So downtown apartment dwellers, if you want Fiber, talk to your landlords and send 'em that link.

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Sporting Kansas City fan gets ridiculed by Columbus Crew players on Twitter

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM

If you missed Sporting Kansas City's loss on Saturday to the Columbus Crew, don't be too bummed. It was about as frustrating as soccer can get. Down 2-1 in the second half, Sporting had oodles and oodles of scoring chances but couldn't break through to tie the game.

The play that led to the Crew's second goal really irked one SKC fan whose Twitter handle is @MCneckbeard. As the fan explained to Deadspin, the Crew didn't follow soccer's unwritten rules after an injury: "Sporting had the ball, but the Crew had a player down with an injury. The ref blew to bring on the medical staff. This was not a foul, just a stoppage to get the player checked out. Typical soccer protocol would have Columbus play the ball out of bounds or send it to SKC's keeper. This is to avoid gaining an unfair advantage after their own player needed medical attention. Instead, Columbus plays the ball into the box and scores off a muffed clearance," he told the sports site.

Then MCNeckbeard did what any self-respecting and enraged soccer fan would do: He called out Crew defender Chad Marshall for initiating the offending play.

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Todd Akin's earmarks were for 'national sexurity'?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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What is "sexurity"? Urban Dictionary defines it as "a hybrid desire for sex and security without the associated drama. Sexurity is reached when a person can have sex with someone, have it mean something, more than nothing, and feel good about it short term and long term. Sexurity is much different than love, bypassing the drama."

Todd Akin defended earmarks for that? Micheal Mahoney, we love ya, but this is the most glorious of typos (a sin we're guilty of, too, at times).

Please, someone turn on Auto Correct for Mike.

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New Woodsweather Cafe will open next month in the Northland

Woodswether II opens in the Northland.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The new Woodswether II diner and lounge may need a showier sign.
  • The new Woodsweather II diner and lounge may need a showier sign.

Four years ago, restaurateurs John and Joanne Cuezze purchased the iconic Woodswether Cafe in the West Bottoms. In a few weeks, they'll open a new outpost of the popular diner, Woodsweather II, with partner Tony Civella in an unexpected location: 2510 N.E. Vivion Road. The two-story building, currently painted a shade of cafe au lait, isn't exactly eye-catching from the street, but for years it was home to a series of nightclubs, most recently Wetherbee's.

I don't know if Wetherbee's was ever officially a gay bar, but it was definitely gay-ish. "The bar's owner was straight, but it was definitely gay," says Camp magazine publisher John Long. "The only gay bar in the Northland."

But prior to Wetherbee's, this building had many more colorful — and straight — past lives. Tony Civella can rattle off many of the names: Hello Dolly's, Taco Pete's, Shenanigans, to name a few. There's still a shiny dance floor in the 100-seat dining room, and John Cuezze says customers at Woodweather II will probably be dancing on it. Just not during the breakfast and lunch shifts.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

What is the well-dressed wine drinker carrying this fall?

Transport your wine in style.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Its not a Chanel or a Judith Leiber bag, but it has something extra.
  • It's not a Chanel or a Judith Leiber bag, but it has something extra.

It's never unfashionable for a well-appointed woman (or male, for that matter) to pull out a small silver flask — artfully concealed, of course — at a black-tie affair or business-casual social function for a quick snort of booze. It's been a Kansas City tradition since the Pendergast era. It's all perfectly acceptable as long as the flask is real silver (plate will never do) and the drinker pulls it off with a sense of confidence and elan.

But what about a bottle of wine concealed in a purse? Or a wine flagon that actually looks something like a designer purse? Would it be gauche to bring it along, say, to the Symphony Ball or the Jewel Ball? I asked Nancy Sachse, the editor at The Independent, Kansas City's Journal of Society if it would be in bad taste to arrive at the Symphony Ball carrying one of Volere Wines' new "premium wine-in-purse" products. Sachse could not stop laughing long enough to answer the question.

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  • Transport your wine in style.

Cotton candy, county fairs, and the last gasp of summer

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Its never too hot out for a chicken-on-a-stick...
  • It's never too hot out for a chicken-on-a-stick...

Tomorrow is National Cotton Candy Day. The sticky, spun-sugar confection is closely associated with carnivals, the circus, festivals and outdoor fairs, like next week's Johnson County Fair. It runs August 7 through 11 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner, Kansas. I can hardly wait to go wild in that fabulous culinary collection of corn dogs, greasy tacos and deep-fried everything.

Because one county fair is never enough, I want to be sure to remember all of the upcoming outdoor festivities, like the Douglas County Fair in nearby Lawrence (directions to the Fairgrounds are here) that continues today — the judging of the 4-H Foods and Food Preservation is from 2 to 7 p.m. — through Saturday, August 4, at 10 p.m. The carnival portion of the fair opens on Wednesday.

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Olathe man threatens utility worker with a baseball bat; pays bill

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

It looks like nobody is getting their power shut off this week.
  • It looks like nobody is getting their power shut off this week.

Two unpleasant things about summer: sweating through your clothes and paying high utility bills to run the air conditioner. KCTV-5 reports that one Olathe man decided that he didn't want to be sweaty and uncomfortable or pay his utility bill. And when a Westar Energy utility worker dropped by his house to shut the power off, the man allegedly met the worker with a baseball bat.

Police told the TV station that the man didn't swing the bat, but the employee was threatened and left the area to call police. The man told police that he has children and didn't want them to be miserable without A/C. While his reasoning might be noble, brandishing a Louisville Slugger was a dumb idea. He now could face felony charges of aggravated assault. Since the run-in, the man paid his bill. Westar told the channel that it won't shut off anybody's power if the heat index is above 105 or if the low temperature of the day is above 80 degress.

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