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Feb 18, 2008 07:11 AM

What's new in the power and light district? (KC)

Great new places in the Power and Light District. What are they and when do they open?

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  1. What city is the Power and Light District in, if you don't mind my asking?

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    1. District food places announced so far:

      •Bice Bistro/Bice Cafe/Bice Lounge, with Italian fare at 14 E. 14th St., at the northeast corner of 14th and Main streets. Opening date not announced.

      •Bristol Seafood Grill, boutique-style restaurant, will open at 51 E. 14th St. between Main and Walnut streets. It is slated to open for dinner on Feb. 26 and for lunch on Feb. 27.

      •Chefburger, a locally owned build-your-own burger joint, is scheduled to open at 1350 Walnut St. on March 6.

      •Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to open a location at 1370 Walnut St. the week of Feb. 25.

      •Cosentino’s Downtown Gourmet Market, a 35,000-square-foot store planned for 10 E. 13th St., is scheduled to open this summer.

      •Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, family-oriented chain restaurant with full bar, will open at 131 E. 14th St., between Walnut Street and Grand Boulevard. It is scheduled to open on Feb. 22.

      •Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, specializing in international, high-quality handcrafted beers, is scheduled to open at 101 E. 13th St. in early May.

      •The Fudgery chain plans to open a fudge shop on the west side of Walnut Street between 13th and 14th streets. Opening date not announced.

      •Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, brewery and restaurant, is expected to open at 100 E. 14th St., on the southwest corner of the Kansas City Live block, on March 10.

      •Latteland Espresso & Tea, a locally owned operation serving coffee drinks, blended iced drinks, fresh fruit smoothies and bakery items, is expected to open at the corner of 12th and Main streets this summer.

      •Living Room, a seasonal high-end outdoor lounge, is expected to open in the center of the Kansas City Live block courtyard in the spring.

      •Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, restaurant and bar specializing in bourbons, will open on the second floor, west side, of the Kansas City Live block. Opening date not announced.

      •McFadden’s Sports Saloon, sports fueled, Irish-themed pub, opened Nov. 9 at 1330 Grand Blvd.

      •Peachtree Restaurant, a local comfort/soul food/Southern cuisine restaurant, is expected to open at 14th and Main streets in early April.

      •Raglan Road Irish Pub, is scheduled to open the first week of March at 170 E. 14th St.

      •Tangerine, a 7,500-square-foot restaurant formerly announced as ChinaBar, will be in the Kansas City Live block. Opening date not announced.

      •Ted’s Montana Grill opened for dinner in early February at 101 E. 14th St., at the southeast corner of 14th and Walnut streets. It started serving lunch today, Feb. 18th.

      •Tengo Sed Cantina, Mexican restaurant and late-night party place, is expected to open at 1330 Walnut St., on the Kansas City Live block, on March 7.

      •Vinino, Italian bistro, opened in November at 1320 Grand Blvd.

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      1. re: dtma90

        It appears that only 5 or so of the 14+ places scheduled to open are local endeavors. How many more Ted's Montana Grills does KC need?
        I'm looking forward to Chefburger. The owner worked at Taylor's Refreshers in Napa Valley, a very good place.

        1. re: dtma90

          Famous Dave's in Kansas City, the epicenter of BBQ??!! You've got to be kidding! Take the word of a long displaced KC native, Dave's does not deserve to be there. I'm shocked!

          1. re: SonyBob

            Offers were made to local icons, none of whom could (or wanted) to pay the rent that was being asked.

            1. re: heatherkay

              Heather, I swear to God, this place is the Long John Silvers of BBQ!

        2. I am really excited for Chef Burger. I tried to find their website but couldnt find it anyone know how to find info about them.

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          1. re: zach

            From the press release

            Chefburger Well known Kansas City chef and local entrepreneur, Rob Dalzell, will open his fourth Kansas City restaurant in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Dalzell, the owner of 1924 Main, Souperman, and Pizza Bella will introduce Power & Light District visitors to his newest concept, Chefburger, in Spring 2008. Occupying a 3,300 sq. ft space, Chefburger will be centrally located in the District, with the front of the restaurant facing the piazza area just south of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Previously announced tenants, The Fudgery and Chipotle, will be Chefburger’s neighbors. Chefburger will have a full bar with wine, beer and liquor and will offer outdoor seating where guests can enjoy the view of the fountain and fire feature in the center of the piazza area.

            Chefburger is a BYOB (“build your own burger”) joint with a vintage feel and a customizable ordering process which allows diners to choose from four different artisan buns, vegetarian or meat patties, ten different cheeses, twenty-four toppings and eighteen sauces. Classic burger side dishes include fried green tomatoes, popcorn shrimp, mini corn dogs and fried sweet potato fries, along with a number of soups and salads to choose from. Topping off the meal are cool, alcohol-spiked (or not) milkshakes available in a multitude of flavors.

            “Chefburger’s motto is ‘We are putting the burger on a pedestal….one patty at a time,’” said owner, Rob Dalzell. “Menus are printed on vintage paper bags, and hungry diners will pick up a Sharpie and mark off all the goodies they want on their burger and the side dishes to go with it. We will work very hard to give the people of Kansas City a burger stand to call their own. More importantly, we’re happy to bring even more local flavor to the Power & Light District.”

            1. re: zach

              I too am really excited about sounds like a high end "The Counter" experience (an oprah endorsed BYOB) . Might it usurp the highly esteemed Westport Flea Market burger....?

              1. re: asiansensation007

                It will have to be pretty awesome to beat Westport Flea Market..

                1. re: zach

                  i agree, but i'm more than willing to take on that challenge

            2. Tengo Sed Cantina: a good place to qwench your thirst, a bad place to grab a bite. Based on what I've heard about the restos in the P&L, I had low expectations for this place and I would call it marginal at best. The entire P&L was packed for the Police concert, so we ended up here because they had open seating. We ordered queso because they were out of fresh guacamole, and got (LITERALLY) the orange cheese that you would get from a ball park or Taco Bell. Chips were moist, the ones in the botom of the basket were wet, and not crunchy. Halibut tacos were fish sticks in a flour tortilla. Margaritas were fine and the 2 for 1 drink specials were, well, special. The place was slammed, so the service was iffy...but there is no excuse for orange cheese!

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              1. re: amy_rc

                Oops, It was supposed to read toxic orange cheese...

              2. Peachtree open yet? That will be nice; I hope they do well at that location. I am really suprised that another BBQ KC Chain didnt open there - I mean, a Jack Stack or Gates would have done well.....

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                1. re: stellamystar

                  I haven't seen Peachtree yet.

                  Has anyone been to the new Bristol? Would appreciate any reports.

                  1. re: ulterior epicure

                    I think Bristol is great. The bar is like half of the restaurant- they even bring you their biscuts when you're sitting there having a drink. Very nice atmosphere. So far all of the food I've had has been wonderful, I stick with the sea bass or mahi mahi.

                    1. re: ulterior epicure

                      saw an ad in the paper - peachtree in June, it said....

                      1. re: stellamystar

                        Yeah, I was wondering when that was going to happen. It's already the 21st....

                        1. re: ulterior epicure

                          I went to Maker's Mark for some late night drinks on a WEEKEND. That was my fault I guess. The group I was with witnessed 2 pukers outside and a guy fell down by the bar and broke a glass. If this is fun in the Power and Lights district, then I don't want any of that.