When O’Dowd’s Little Dublin opened on Country Club Plaza in Kansas City more than 20 years ago, it was one of the few casual spots in the area, focused on just a great pint and a good time. That all changed when restaurant group KC Hopps – which also owns Stroud’s, among others – closed the Irish-themed pub last year to relaunch it as O’Dowd’s Gastrobar in October.

With the name change came a new, open and airy dining room, a bar and rooftop patio, along with a complete menu overhaul. KC Hopps corporate executive chef Ryan Sneed brought more variety to his menu with a funky and fun collection of shareables, like shrimp wontons, garlic-lemon hummus, crispy zucchini chips and fresh burrata cheese with roasted vegetables.

The rest of the menu is a surprisingly wide selection of flatbreads, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées that include – but also go beyond – the typical Irish classics. The drink menu has more craft cocktails, including two that are bottled in-house. The lavender Bee’s Knees and the Old Fashioned come pre-batched in small bottles, ready to pour over ice.

O’Dowd’s Gastrobar, 4742 Pennsylvania Ave., Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.561.2700, odowdskc.com

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