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KANSAS CITY

Kansas City restaurant openings and closings: December 2021

Chai Shai

Sadly Chai Shai closed its doors after 11 years in business.

As we head into 2022, Kansas City’s restaurant scene is facing both the typical winter doldrums as well as a surge in COVID-19 cases that has been upending an already unsettled industry. Several beloved restaurants have closed or plan to close, citing difficulties related to the ongoing pandemic, including Plowboys BBQ in Overland Park, Chai Shai in Midtown Kansas City and Brookside Poultry Co., which plans to close at the end of January. 

There are a handful of new restaurants and bars that prove to be bright spots in the city’s culinary scene, however, and may give us an indication of where 2022 may be headed. Down in Grandview, Housewife debuted in early December, offering creative and fresh pastries, breakfast and lunch items in an airy, comfortable environment. Further west in South Overland Park, the fast-casual Jumbo Noodles Bar offers cozy hot pots and customizable noodle bowls. And on the western edge of the metro, Quentin's BBQ and Sides opened in Bonner Springs, offering specialty dishes like wagyu burnt ends served on brioche. 

Next month, keep an eye out for the nearing openings of Briarcliff Barrio (the third restaurant to join the Brookside/Red Bridge Barrio family), as well as Riverbluff Brewing in the City Market and the Made in KC Café at Martini Corner. Check up on all of this month's openings and closings below. 

Openings

Housewife, 801 Main St., Grandview, Missouri, 816.551.9557, housewifekc.com

Jumbo Noodles Bar, 8327 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.232.8503, jumbonoodlesbar.com 

Quentin's BBQ and Sides, 611 W. Second St., Bonner Springs, Kansas, quentinsbbq.com

Closings

Brookside Poultry Co, 751 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri (closing Jan. 29)

Chai Shai, 651 E. 59th St., Kansas City, Missouri 

Country Club Cafe, 21911 W. 66th St., Shawnee, Kansas

Plowboys BBQ, 6737 W. 75th St., Overland Park, Kansas

Coming Soon

Briarcliff Barrio, 4125 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, Missouri, barriokc.com

Ludo’s, 325 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri

Made in KC Café, 325 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri

Meddys Mediterranean Eatery & Craft Bar, 4105 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village, Kansas, meddys.com

Mo’ Bettahs Hawaiian Style Food, 7006 W. 75th St., Overland Park, Kansas

Parkway Coffee & Bistro, 3744 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri

The Snack Shack, 6018 Johnson Drive, Kansas City, Missouri

River Bluff Brewing, 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri, riverbluffbrew.com

WingStand by Jefferson’s, 7715 State Line Road, Kansas City, Missouri

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