Powerhouse chef Tom Colicchio is cooking up something good in Kansas City.
Construction is set to begin this fall on the first phase of the Mission Gateway project, which will include a brand-new food hall inspired and curated by eight-time James Beard Award winner chef Tom Colicchio.
The collaborative development deal from Crafted Hospitality, GFI Development Company, LLC and Cameron Group, LLC includes plans to build an approximately 40,000-square-foot food hall and social recreation venue planned to open sometime in 2020.
The goal of this development is to broaden the scope of a traditional food hall by bringing together a mix of national and local chefs, restaurateurs and artisans who will collectively offer a wide variety of serious food and drink offerings combined with social recreation, games, live music and events.
In a release, Colicchio described the venture as “a lifestyle entertainment destination anchored in chef-driven, culinary experiences with a focus on exceptional but accessible food. We will engage the local community by combining stand-alone restaurants and smaller counters curated by national and local chefs, to encourage social interaction.”
In addition to the restaurants, food stalls and cocktail bars located within the food hall, there will be additional built-in entertainment including a live music venue, rotating art installations, games like table tennis and billiards along with shuffleboard and bocce courts that will include both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Tom Valenti, a New York developer and principal at Cameron Group, LLC, bought the 16-acre property in 2005. He has proposed multiple versions of a mixed-use project on the site of the former Mission Mall, located on the corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive.
In October, according to the Kansas City Star, the Mission City Council approved a development plan for the first of three phases of the $200 million mixed-use project, starting with 170 apartments, the food hall and some additional retail. Future phases include hotels, office buildings and more retail and entertainment spaces.
“Having Tom Colicchio operating our food hall at The Gateway is a great endorsement of our project,” Valenti tells Feast. “Tom’s involvement confirms that The Gateway will be a Midwest regional destination and be the jewel of the City of Mission that everyone hoped it would be.”
Colicchio is perhaps best known as the head judge and executive producer of Top Chef, the competitive cooking show on Bravo TV. First and foremost, however, he's an award-winning chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, which currently includes New York’s Craft, Riverpark and Temple Court; Craft Los Angeles; and Las Vegas’ Heritage Steak and Craftsteak. Outside of his fine-dining restaurants, Colicchio also opened ‘wichcraft, a fast-casual salad and sandwich concept, in New York City in 2003.
“We are thrilled to work with Tom on this project to redefine how we socialize, eat and interact,” says Joel Rosen, Managing Director at GFI. “We know there a lot of food and beverage talent in Missouri and Kansas, really across the Midwest, and we want to create different experiences within this food hall that will highlight that with Tom’s help.”