Another Denver-based food-and-drink company has Kansas City – and more specifically Westport – in its sights for expansion.
Drew Shader plans to bring Atomic Provisions, the umbrella company that owns the all-in-one bar concept Atomic Cowboy, to Kansas City. Alongside ice cold beer, wines and inventive cocktails from Atomic Cowboy, the space will serve food from three other restaurant concepts he owns: The Denver Biscuit Co., Fat Sully’s and Frozen Gold. Guests can enjoy everything from breakfast to dinner and dessert under the same roof, seven days a week.
The new space will open in October in the 6,635-square-foot City Ice House, a building that dates back to 1907, located across the street from Ça Va. The building was formerly home to business offices for a counseling service.
Shader plans to preserve the exterior building, including the courtyard, while updating the interior to fit the concept. He also plans to add a large outdoor patio. “We love everything about the Westport area, and we love older buildings,” he says. “We were lucky to find the historic City Ice House, it really fits the layout and look of our other places in Denver.”
The brunch chain serves eggs Benedict, pineapple upside down pancakes, Bloody Marys and more.
Shader is quick to point out that Atomic Provisions is not a food hall. Rather, it's a bar and restaurant that offers different menus for different hours of the day in a full-service environment. “A host will greet you at the door, and your party will be seated and waited on,” he explains. “We are full-service.”
For breakfast, guests will enjoy The Denver Biscuit Co., which has been a breakout hit with the brunch crowds in Denver. The award-winning Southern biscuit concept will serve Southern-style, biscuit-based brunch sandwiches and entrees from 8am to 2pm during the week and until 3pm on weekends.
Tempting menu items include The Elmer, a biscuit sandwich stuffed with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, fried onions, coleslaw and housemade pickles. The Franklin, meanwhile, features a piece of buttermilk fried chicken breast, bacon and Cheddar cheese, smothered in sausage gravy. Finally, The Colfax A is a Southern-style breakfast biscuit with ham, collard greens, fried egg and hot sauce.
For lunch and late-night food, guests can order from Fat Sully's. The concept serves hand-tossed New York-style pizza using fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes from New Jersey and freshly chopped toppings daily. Fat Sully's will be open from 11am to 2am on weekdays, and until 3am on weekends with a walk-up window where guests can order late-night slices to-go.
Finally, Frozen Gold is a groovy soft-serve ice cream concept that offers dipped and specialty ice cream cones with toppings like colorful breakfast cereals, coconut, cotton candy, caramels and even Cheetos and Cheez-Its. The ice cream shop will be accessible via a new glass addition they plan to add onto the northwest corner of the building. Frozen Gold will be open from 11:30am to 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on the weekends.
“We cut our teeth as a bar concept by opening Atomic Cowboy in Denver over 15 years ago,” explains Shader. “We added Fat Sully’s pizza as a way to feed our hungry bar patrons. The Denver Biscuit Co. came later; it started as a food truck, and then we brought it into our bar space as our brunch concept, adding another day part to hours of operations.”
Since then, Shader has expanded his various Atomic Provisions concepts into several neighborhoods around Denver, and they now have a location in Colorado Springs. This will be the first location outside of the state of Colorado, and only the second to include all four concepts under one roof.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, another Denver-based restaurant group, also announced plans to expand into Kansas City earlier this year. The fun and funky breakfast/brunch/lunch concept will open a block away from Atomic Cowboy on Broadway Boulevard.
“We know the guys at Snooze, and are also excited to be moving into the Kansas City area. It makes a lot of sense for us because it is the closest [big] city to Denver, and the demographics of our two cities are similar,” says Shader.
Atomic Provisions, 4144 Pennsylvania Ave., Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, atomicprovisions.com