From a new brewery in Lawrence to the long-awaited reopening of a beloved Brookside favorite, Kansas Citians have several new options to try as summer heats up. Perhaps most anticipated is the reopening of the Italian-minded Plate in its new 200-seat spot on East 63rd Street, two years after a fire destroyed its original location. Nearby on 59th Street, The Littlest Bake Shop began serving vegan and gluten-free cupcakes in the former home of Pirate’s Bone Coffee.

Out in Lawrence, the new large-scale brewery and restaurant Fields & Ivy is now open and serving food, though beer production is forthcoming (right now, they are featuring guest taps, serving beer from a variety of other breweries). Moving East to the Crossroads, drinkers and diners have been flocking to the Crossroads’ newly opened rooftop bar, Percheron, for cocktails, small plates and bocce. Over at Parlor, KCMO’s first food hall, Buns Up began serving sliders and curly fries in the space formerly occupied by Vildhast.  

In downtown Kansas City, Kansas, Sarah’s on the Hill debuted in Strawberry Hill, serving homestyle American comfort food. Finally, down in Overland Park, customers can pick up poke at the newest location of Freestyle Poke, or sushi burritos at the brand-new Komotodo at 137th and Metcalf.

Diners said goodbye this month to two Hospital Hill/Martini Corner establishments, including Attitude and Café Europa, which closed its Gilham Road location to focus on its original Crestwood restaurant. Fred P. Ott’s in Overland Park also closed, leaving the Plaza location as the sole location for the local chain. The Sundry at Plexpod Commons also closed its doors.

This month, Fox & Pearl is set to open its doors after about a year of construction at 2143 Summit Street. Chef Vaughn Good and his wife and partner, Kristine Hull, had been operating out of a space at 17th and Summit for several months in anticipation of opening their first major project in Kansas City. The opening of Urban Café at 5500 Troost Avenue and the splashy debut of the massive J. Rieger & Co. distillery in the East Bottoms are also forthcoming.


Buns Up (inside Parlor Food Hall), 1707 Locust St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri,

Fields & Ivy Brewery, 706 East 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas,

Freestyle Poke, 7108 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas,

Komotodo Sushi Burrito, 13713 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas,

The Littlest Bake Shop, 645 E. 59th St., Brookside, Kansas City, Missouri,

Percheron (Rooftop Bar at the Crossroads Hotel), 2101 Central Ave., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri,

Plate, 701 East 63rd St., Brookside, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.775.0098,

Sarah’s On The Hill, 612 N. Fifth St., Kansas City, Kansas, 816.213.6450,


Attitude, 600 East 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri

Café Europa, 2976 Gilham Road, Union Hill, Kansas City, Missouri

Fred P. Ott’s, 6700 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas

The Sundry, 300 E. 39th St., Westport, Kansas City, Missouri,

Coming Soon

Brick + Mortar, 7425 Broadway St., Waldo, Kansas City, Missouri, (opening June 13)

Chicken Please!, 21 E. Third St., City Market, Kansas City, Missouri

Fox & Pearl, 2143 Summit St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.437.7001,

Grad School, 1744 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri

J. Rieger & Co., 2700 Guinotte Ave., Electric Park, Kansas City, Missouri,

Red Bridge Barrio, 11118 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri, (opening June 4)

Strawberry Hill Brewing Co., 601 Central St., Kansas City, Kansas,

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 7592 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kansas,

Urban Cafe, 5500 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri,

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April is a Kansas Citian by way of New Mexico, worker bee, freelance writer and photographer, food, music, animal and travel lover.

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