Bluestem closed its doors for good on Dec. 19.

Although a number of Kansas City bars and restaurants have (hopefully only) temporarily closed due to circumstances related to COVID-19, a handful of new options are available to diners and drinkers, with most offering carryout and/or delivery, in addition to dine-in service.

In Parkville, vegan restaurant Fud now offers a walk-up window for its vegan takeaway Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4pm. A few miles south in the Crossroads, Bar Stilwell and the Stilwell Restaurant have debuted in the sparkling new Loews Convention Hotel, with the latter opening for KC Restaurant Week, beginning this Thursday. In Netherland apartment building in Midtown, Canary is KC’s newest premium cocktail bar. Canary, which is a sister bar to Westport cocktail mainstay Julep, offers bar bites, including caviar, oysters and even a burger, in addition to high-level cocktails.

Va Bene Italian Eatery, serving scratch-made Italian comforts, has also opened in Prairie Village, in the space formerly occupied by Urban Table. Ice Cream Bae (which also has a location in the Iron District in North Kansas City), has debuted its newest location at Park Place in Leawood, offering its signature soft-serve and playful candy and cereal toppings. And finally, McLain’s Market has opened its newest location at 24th and Iowa Streets in Lawrence.

Although we mentioned it last month, December saw the official closure of Kansas City fine dining cornerstone Bluestem, as well as neighborhood favorites Howard’s Café (Crossroads), Ollie’s Local (Martini Corner) and Shio Ramen (Midtown).


Canary, 3835 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri,

Fud, 10 Main St., Parkville, Missouri,

Ice Cream Bae, 5260 W. 116th Place, Leawood, Kansas,

McLain’s Market, 2412 Iowa St., Lawrence, Kansas, 785.670.6744,

The Stilwell, 1515 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, Missouri,

Va Bene Italian Eatery, 8232 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas,


Bluestem, 900 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Howard’s Café & Grocery, 1708 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri

Ollie’s Local, 3044 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Shio Ramen Shop, 3605 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri

Coming Soon

Black Agave Tequila Mexican Cuisine & Bar, 9720 Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kansas

Cookies and Creamery, 533 East Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Fountain City Winery, 1409 W. 11th St., Kansas City, Missouri,

Hi Tides Coffee, 519 E. 19th St. (inside of Collective Ex), Kansas City, Missouri

Providence Pizzeria Co., 415 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri,

River Bluff Brewing, 201 Main St., River Market, Kansas City, Missouri,

Strip’s Chicken, 420 West 85th St., Kansas City, Missouri (opening Jan. 11)

Third Street Social, 5031 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri

West Bottoms Whiskey Co., 1321 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri