What’s new in Kansas City food and drink this month
The Waldo Shuffle
Things are changing quickly in the Waldo neighborhood. Louie’s Wine Dive is permanently closed, but a new Italian spot is opening just up the street. Jovito’s Italian Café & Deli is a red sauce Italian staple out south and is moving into the heart of the city with a small new shop that’s carryout for now, with patio space for nice days. In addition to pasta meals you can heat up in the oven at home, they’re offering sandwiches like meatball grinders and Italian beef for lunch. Meanwhile, also in Waldo, the former Boru Ramen has been reborn with a wider menu as Boru Asian Eatery. The Classic Cookie & Cafe, an old-school Waldo breakfast nook, has also reopened under a new ownership team that comes from the neighborhood. A block south, Dodson’s has jumped into the ghost kitchen game, opening Cosmo Burger, which makes classic smash burgers in the Dodson’s kitchen. They’re available at the restaurant or to-go at cosmoburgerkc.com. On the far south side of Waldo, Strip’s Chicken is set to open in the former KFC location at 85th and Wornall. Strip’s is famous for serving powdered sugar doughnuts with their platters of strips and fries.
Canary Takes Off
There’s a new highest rooftop bar in the city, Canary, which is set to open this month at The Netherland building in Midtown. Canary comes from the owners of Julep in Westport and will occupy both the spacious rooftop with views of the downtown skyline and the ground floor of the swanky apartment complex in the heart of a fast-changing section of Main Street. The rooftop patio will be heated for year-round use. “We figure, if people will go to Aspen and sit outside by a fire pit, why not here?” co-owner Keely Edgington told Kansas City.
Speaking of high-up cocktail bars, the team behind the Plaza’s swish Monarch Cocktail Bar and Leawood’s newish Verdigris have opened a third project in Crossroads. According to the Star, The Mercury Room seats only forty-two people on the fourteenth floor of the new Reverb apartment building. The Mercury Room will feature elaborate decor and drink prices the city has never seen: Cocktails will be $30 including tax, tip and a small bite from a neighboring restaurant. The dress code was described to the Star as “high business casual” and requires jackets for men.
Barred and Grilled
In other bar news, the Volker neighborhood, just east of KU Med, is now home to Goat & Rabbit, a classic cocktail bar named for the rival political gangs that once ran the city. Goat & Rabbit comes from the owner of Dodson’s in Waldo. Meanwhile, the former home of the Kansas City Club, which operated for more than a century before closing in 2015, is now home to the Town Company, a hotel restaurant from the Hyatt chain’s new boutique line.
‘All Is Right’ in PV
And on the subject of Louie’s Wine Dive: A new Italian spot from the owner of the surviving Louie’s locations is coming to Prairie Village, Feast Magazine reports. Va Bene is the newest venture from Whitney VinZant, who also owns Taco Republic and BRGR. The name means “all is right” in Italian. VinZant told Feast that the menu will feature lobster crepes and “Nana’s housemade meatballs,” plus pappardelle, wood-fired chicken and seared scallops. The chef, Nathan Deters, formerly helmed the kitchen at North Italia, and pastry chef Samantha Butler was formerly at Webster House.