After one of the more miserable, cold Februaries in recent memory, it seems possible that we are headed for a thaw that is both literal as well as metaphorical in the case of the restaurant and bar industry. Despite some of the coldest days ever recorded in KC falling this month, Kansas City still welcomed a few summer- and tropical-inspired concepts. Starting down south in the newly remodeled Red Bridge Shopping Center, Cookies and Creamery officially opened, specializing in colorful, hard-to-pass-up ice cream sandwiches, Sylas and Maddy’s ice cream, all-natural cotton candy and Shatto milk products.
In Overland Park, the Austin-based Summer Moon Coffee opened at 91st and Metcalf, the first location to open outside of Texas. Summer Moon is celebrated for its “Moon Milk” signature sweet cream and oak-roasted coffee blends.
Up in the Crossroads, HITIDES Coffee also debuted inside of Collective Ex, offering a cute Tiki-themed environment, tropical-inspired coffee and tea drinks (as well as traditional coffee offerings), as well as proprietary Donutology flavors and a selection of fresh bagels from Meshuggah Bagels. Also new in the East Crossroads is the Crossroads Market, which sells healthy grocery items and grab-and-go food and drinks, all of which has been sorely lacking in the neighborhood.
Finally, Avenues Bistro opened a carryout location in Kansas City, Kansas, in light of losing its Brookside lease.
This Thursday, the Stilwell opens in the brand-new Loews Kansas City convention hotel, with a menu designed by chef Patrick LeBeau (formerly of NoMI in Chicago). Also keep an eye out for movement on the new Made in KC location (which will become the local chain’s flagship) at Martini Corner, Providence Pizza’s new Westport location, possible news on Taylor’s Donuts in Lawrence (from the James Beard-nominated baker behind 1900 Barker), as well as a potential opening for Third Street Social’s newest location on Main Street in the South Plaza area.
Avenues Bistro, 3102 S. 24th St., Kansas City, Kansas, avenuesbistro.com/curbside-to-go (curbside pickup only)
Cookies and Creamery, 533 E. Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, Missouri, cottontalekc.com/cookies-and-creamery
Crossroads Market, 640 E. 18th St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.809.5070, communitygroceries.com
HITIDES Coffee, 519 E. 19th St. (inside of Collective Ex), Kansas City, Missouri, hitidescoffee.com
Summer Moon Coffee, 9127 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.283.8039, summermooncoffee.com/pages/overland-park-kansas-city
Avenues Bistro, 338 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri (a curbside/to-go location has opened in Kansas City, Kansas)
Cliff’s Taphouse, 3044 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri
El Gold (Hotel Kansas City), 1228 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Missouri
Fountain City Winery, 1409 W. 11th St., Kansas City, Missouri, fountaincitywinery.com
Hook & Reel, 11721 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas, hookreel.com/location/overland-park
La Fuente Mexican Street Food, 2450 Grand Blvd. (Crown Center), Kansas City, Missouri
Ludo’s, 325 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri
Made in KC Cafe, 325 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri, madeinkc.com
Providence Pizzeria Co., 415 Westport Road, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, providencepizza.com
River Bluff Brewing, 201 Main Street, River Market, Kansas City, Missouri, riverbluffbrew.com
Snooze an A.M. Eatery, 7000 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas
Society, 2040 Central St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.809.2058, societykc.com
The Stilwell at Loews Kansas City, 1515 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.897.7050, thestilwellkc.com (opening Thu., March 4)
Taylor’s Donuts, 1827 Louisiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, taylorsdonuts.com
Third Street Social, 5031 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri, thirdstreetsocial.com
West Bottoms Whiskey Co., 1321 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Missouri