New Kansas City restaurants openings and closings July 2019
Brews and brews plus art views
Hearts broke in December when Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters closed in the East Crossroads. Now, Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, artist and the force of personality behind the Grinders empire, has come to the rescue. Chance’s Social, a coffee shop and full bar, has opened in the former Thou Mayest space. The former shop’s layout remains, and Rumaner plans to rotate local art exhibits through the second-floor space. 419 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-666-8777, facebook.com/ChancesSocial.
Slider-ing into Parlor
Mother Clucker has been one of the most popular stalls at Parlor since it opened in September. Now, fans have a chance to sample some of the other creations from Mother Clucker’s co-owners Derrick and Kylie Foster at their new concept, Buns Up. This sliders hut replaces Vildhast Scandinavian Street Food on Parlor’s second floor. There are beef and vegan options here, plus tater tots, curly fries and root beer floats. 1707 Locust St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-875-4813, parlorkcmo.com. 11 am-10 pm Sunday-Wednesday, 11 am-midnight Thursday, 11 am-1 am Friday-Saturday.
Fancy doughnuts in Fairway
Fairway Creamery opened Memorial Day weekend and is the latest venture from Kansas City confectioner Christopher Elbow. Technically, this shop serves doughnuts until 3 pm, but you’re going to want to get there much earlier than that if you plan on enjoying one of the blueberry-filled bismarks or a glazed lemon old-fashioned. If you’re a late riser, don’t worry: there’s still something to satisfy your sweet tooth. At 3 pm, sales switch to hot-weather treats with Glacé Artisan Ice Cream — including soft-serve varieties and hand-dipped cones. Leave your diet at the door. 5938 Mission Road, Fairway, Kan. 913-608-5515. 6 am-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 7 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 7 am-9 pm Sunday, closed Mondays.
Whiskey, make it a triple
On July 12, J. Rieger & Co. Distillery will cut the ribbon on a new distillery and hospitality facility next door to its production building in the East Bottoms. The three floors will hold a bar and tasting room with meeting areas, event spaces and a private dining lounge, plus a gift shop, distillery history exhibit and tour reception area. The facility will also include a commercial catering kitchen. In other words, this hometown distillery is initiating a takeover — and we couldn’t be more pleased. 507 N. Montgall Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 816-807-3867, jriegerco.com.
A bigger Plate
Beloved Italian eatery Plate, closed by a fire in April of 2017, has reopened in Brookside. Loyal fans have waited over two years for this moment, but they will find quite a different scene when they venture to owner Christian Joseph’s new location. The large space seats up to 200 people and is a mix of modern industrial — think concrete floors — and luxury, with enormous ivory booths and (somewhat inexplicably) a television on the ceiling. Executive chef Brian Mehl has reimagined his menu, too: Dishes are dramatic and designed to impress, like the stunning burrata surrounded by a sculptural spread of pesto and dotted with honey, hazelnuts and figs. 701 E. 63rd St., Suite 100, Brookside, Kansas City, Mo. 816-775-0098, platekc.com. 4-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Friday-Sunday.
Tossing up a Brick
Brick+Mortar is now open in the former Tanner’s Bar and Grill space in Waldo, serving daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch with a Bloody Mary bar. The restaurant is operated by Justin Safier and Travis Lester of Broseph Restaurant Group. The duo have other restaurants on the California coast and in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and last year, they purchased Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum in North Kansas City. (Lester and his family relocated to Kansas City, hence the local expansion of the Broseph empire.) Expect modern American cuisine in an upscale casual setting. 7425 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. brg-la.com.