By the time that Cory Stipp was ready to open the doors to his new coffee shop, craft beer bar and cocktail spot, Apogee Coffee & Draft, coronavirus was closing dining rooms across Kansas City.
The new 2,200 square-foot craft canteen – part of a larger sports complex in Olathe, anchored by a third RoKC rock climbing gym on one side and an outdoor apparel and climbing gear shop, Moosejaw, on the other – has postponed its grand opening until dining rooms can be reopened for business in Kansas.
Until then, Stipp and his staff have launched Apogee's new online ordering website, offering pizza, beer and cocktails for curbside carryout to help get their feet underneath them as a form of soft opening.
Dominic Petrucci, director of training for The Monarch Bar, consulted with Stipp on the cocktail menu at Apogee, and chef Josh Eans, owner of What a Treat Consulting, designed the food menu. Once the dining room opens, the latter will feature some Italian sandwiches and salads in addition to pizza.
For now, though, you can plan a pizza party at your place by ordering any of Apogee's 16-inch New York-style pizzas for $16. Get your pizza pie topped with three cheeses, pepperoni, sausage or goat cheese and arugula. The BBQ Chicken Pizza is a standout; it comes with tangy BBQ sauce, smoked chicken, mozzarella, caramelized onion and roasted garlic.
Thirsty? There are two choices for adult beverages to-go during this time: bottled craft cocktails and beer. Cocktails, all of which are $10, include a Paloma, Alpine Breeze, French 75 or the Irish Feather, made with Irish whiskey, ginger beer, simple syrup and citrus. Another fun option is a mystery 6-pack of beer for $20; the assortment of six beers will always include a stout, Radler, sour, IPA, wheat, lager or Dunkel.
Apogee Coffee & Draft is currently open for curbside carryout only Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8pm, Friday from 4 to 9pm and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
Apogee Coffee & Draft, 670 N. Central St., Olathe, Kansas, apogeekcorder.com