Well, it’s the start of August and things are still far from “normal,” but as the summer flies along, Kansas Citians have a surprising amount of new food and drink to sample across the metro. Starting in the Westside, there is a new option for authentic, freshly-made Sonoran-style flour tortillas and fresh salsas from Yoli Tortilleria. Take a jaunt down Southwest Trafficway to Westport, and you’ll find Atomic Cowboy and its associated trio of restaurants (Denver Biscuit Co., Fat Sully’s and Frozen Gold), which all offer indulgent treats to go with Atomic Cowboy’s cocktails and beer. In Brookside, Geo’s Cheese has opened its doors, offering a wide selection of cheeses, accompaniments, and soon, wine to go with those treats. Austin’s much-loved Torchy’s Tacos has also started serving customers at Ward Parkway Pavilion.

In downtown Kansas City, Kansas, The Merc, a celebrated co-op grocery that originated in Lawrence, has moved into what was formerly a significant food desert at Fifth Street and Minnesota Avenue. Moving south through Kansas, the chef-driven Summer Salt Ice Cream Co. has opened at Corinth Square in Prairie Village, while Viona’s Italian Bistro serves Kansas City-Italian classics in downtown Overland Park. Finally, the locally-owned Cultivare Greens and Grains offers make-your-own bowls and salads featuring lots of local ingredients at 133rd and Metcalf.

There were also a number of closings this month, including the much-loved Freshwater in Midtown and Hopcat/Tikicat in Westport, as well as Thou Mayest’s new location in the Crossroads, among others. It feels necessary to repeat that every loss in the restaurant industry is someone’s personal loss, and we feel deeply for those affected as part of our restaurant community

Openings

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

Cultivare Greens and Grains, 13366 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas, cultivarekc.com

Geo’s Cheese, 221 East Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, facebook.com/geoscheese

McLain’s Market Shawnee, 5833 Nieman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 913.215.9288, mclainskc.com/shawnee

Summer Salt Ice Cream Co., 4051 Somerset Drive, Prairie Village, Kansas, instagram.com/summersalticecreamco

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

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

Viona’s Italian Bistro, 7933 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas, vionasitalianbistro.com

Yoli Tortilleria, 1668 Jefferson St. #100, Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, eatyoli.com

Closings

C. Frogs BBQ Steak Whiskey, 3935 West 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, Kansas

Freshwater, 3711 SW Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri

Flying Saucer, 101 E. 13th St., Kansas City, Missouri

Hopcat, 401 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Thou Mayest, 519 East 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri

Coming Soon

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

Brookside Beef Co., 751 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri

Füd, 10 Main St., Parkville, Missouri, eatfud.com

Goat and Rabbit, 1804 West 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri

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

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

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