Known for serving delicious plant-based burgers and generous baskets of fries in Kansas City’s Crossroads, Pirate’s Bone Burgers has now opened a second location, adding a killer breakfast sandwich to its menu that is only available at their new walk-up window in Midtown – and it has Kansas City “breaking the fast” in a tasty way for under $10 with coffee.
Zaid Renato Consuegra Sauza and his new business partner, Jasmine Thompson, just celebrated the official grand opening of their new location earlier this month, a spot also located on Main Street just two miles south of their original location in the Crossroads. Both locations will benefit from being right on the streetcar line once it is complete.
The partners remain focused on their original goal of bringing Kansas City plant-based burger and fry options at affordable fast-food prices. This time, they have added breakfast sandwiches to the burger menu, and they look almost the same as their fast-food counterpart but taste even better. You would never know you are not eating meat. The breakfast menu offers every combination of egg, cheese and sausage on a regular bun, English muffin, grain-free bun or on no bun at all. Get the sausage, egg and cheese on an English muffin with a coffee for the full experience.
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The building, once home to Missouri Title Loans, was selected to give the Sauza and Thompson drive-thru capability to keep both their customers and staff safe should there be another COVID-19 spike. The building even came with a rusty old speaker box in the back that they hoped to restore and use. But with residential homes behind them and a busy streetcar line in front of them, their plans for a drive-thru were rejected.
“We originally wanted to open a drive-thru. lt took me over a year to get this place ready to open, by that time the city called and said we could not open the drive-thru because we were right on the streetcar line. They were concerned our place would create too much traffic,” Sauza says. “Then we offered to be a drive-in, where you order your meal from your phone and drive into a spot, and we would bring it out to your car. But we found out we couldn’t have cars idling because of the local homes’ association rules. We thought about it and just decided to open as a walk-up window. We have put picnic tables behind our restaurant, so people don’t have to eat in their cars. We plan to add shipping containers create more of a sheltered outdoor seating area soon.”
Because it only has a limited number of staff right now, the team at Pirate’s Bone Burgers are shuttling between both locations and dayparts, so be sure to check in with your preferred location before heading out.
“Some things have changed since I opened Pirate’s Bone coffee shop 2014, and some have not,” Sauza says. “I am still undocumented, but I have a new business partner in Jasmine, who has a lot of corporate knowledge that I didn’t have. I just want all this work and effort to be worth something, especially as we come out of the pandemic. I have been asking myself, how can I secure my future. I decided I am fully committed to making this work and want to franchise the concept, and grow it forward.”
Sauza suggests people check out their new website to order and prepay for their meal for carryout at either location via Tock, or folks can just stop in for sit-down dining at their Crossroads location or hit their walk-up window in Midtown. Any way you want to dine, they’ve got it covered.
Pirate’s Bone Burgers, 2000 Main St., Crossroads, OR 3731 Main St., Midtown, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.775.0168, piratesboneburgers.com