It can’t be overstated how difficult the past few months have been for restaurants all over the country, and the Kansas City metro has not been spared its own dramatic losses. We’ve wrapped up some of the closings below, and there is not a single one that doesn’t leave a hole behind for the business owners, employees and the regulars who will miss their favorite spots. We can’t predict the future, and sadly, this feels like the beginning of what will end up being the toughest time ever for our local businesses.

While we don’t want to underplay the seriousness of what is going on, there are times when you also just have to look for something positive. In this case, there are new options for diners and drinkers out there who are ready to (safely!) support new local businesses that have opened their doors. We still must eat, and KC restaurants and bars still need you, and will keep needing you.

For drinkers, two new premium cocktail options are available with the openings of Drastic Measures in Shawnee and Verdigris in Leawood. Drastic Measures comes to you from Jill Cockson of Swordfish Tom’s and Jay Sanders, formerly of Manifesto. Leawood’s Verdigris is sister bar to the Plaza’s Monarch Bar, and Monarch Bar talents including Brock Schulte helped develop the menu and service model for the upscale spot. In Olathe, Apogee Coffee & Draft in Olathe is a lot of things, not least among them a beer and whiskey bar that also serves coffee and has a climbing gym.

In Midtown, entrepreneur and health expert Robin Krause has opened the stylish Billie’s Grocery, a market with an eat-in and take-out restaurant, coffee shop, and wellness store. Blackhole Bakery, which specializes in French-style pastries and donuts, has opened at 55th and Troost, and Queen Priscilla’s on 39th Street is likely the city’s first Latin brunch restaurant. Duck & Roll, specializing in hawker-style Asian street foods, has opened on the South Plaza, and Nimble Brewing represents the latest entry into the East Crossroads’ beer scene.

In Overland Park, Fénix has opened in Strang Hall, serving elevated tacos and scratch chicken dishes, while Queen Sweets and Mediterranean Grill also has opened its second location for Jordanian and Lebanese fare. Finally, down in Martin City, the owners of Martin City Coffee have opened the fast-casual Ramsey’s Burgers for scratch-made burgers, fries and cookies.

In the coming weeks, look for the openings of The Merc in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, the Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos at the Ward Parkway Pavilion, Banksia Bakehouse on the South Plaza, and the official opening of chef Michael Corvino’s Ravenous in the Crossroads. Notably, in Leavenworth, chef Jason Wiggin plans to open The Suburban after time spent working with celebrity chef Todd English in Florida.

Openings

Apogee Coffee & Draft, 670 N. Central St., Olathe, Kansas, 913.490.4455, apogeekc.com

Billie's Grocery, 3216 Gillham Plaza, Suite 100, Midtown, Kansas City, Missouri, billiesgrocery.com

Blackhole Bakery, 5531 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, instagram.com/blackholebakery

Drastic Measures, 5817 Nieman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, drasticbar.com

Duck & Roll, 4800 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.214.8736, duckandrollkc.com

Fénix (located inside Strang Hall), 7313 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.210.0475, stranghall.com

Nimble Brewing, 1735 Oak St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.787.1822, nimblebrewing.com

Ramsey’s Burgers, 13109 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri, Martin City, 816.569.1076, ramseysburgers.com

Queen Priscilla’s, 809 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.207.0131, queenpriscillas.godaddysites.com

Queen Sweets and Mediterranean Grill, 12247 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, Kansas, 913.232.8721, queensweetsofmediterranean.com

Verdigris, 5245 West 116th Place, Leawood, Kansas, 913.626.8848, verdigrisbar.com

Closings

54th Street Grill & Bar, 12130 S. U.S. 71 Highway, Grandview, Missouri

Beignet, 307 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri

Boru Ramen, 500 W. 75th St., Kansas City, Missouri

Brady’s Public House, 5424 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri

Karbon (inside Parlor), 1707 Locust St., Kansas City, Missouri

Lucky Brewgrille, 5401 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas

Nara, 1617 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri

Nick & Jake’s, 5031 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri

Parkway Social Kitchen, 616 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, Missouri

Plaza III Steakhouse, 12631 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas

Porto do Sul, 11900 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas

Stagecoach Tavern, 9617 W. 87th St., Overland Park, Kansas

Webster House, 1643 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Missouri

Coming Soon

Atomic Cowboy, 4144 Pennsylvania Ave., Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, atomiccowboy.net

Banksia Bakehouse, 4800 Main St., South Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri

Ravenous, 1830 Walnut St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, ravenouskc.com

The Merc, 501 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, themerccoop.com

The Suburban, 402 S. 20th St., Leavenworth, Kansas, facebook.com/pg/thesuburbanrestaurant

Torchy’s Tacos, 8815 State Line Road (Ward Pkwy. Pavilion), Kansas City, Missouri, torchystacos.com