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Catering Sources & Event Spaces in North Kansas City Holiday events often require catering and sometimes special event spaces. This article is intend-
private groups. For 68 years this has been a favorite gathering place for North Kansas City High School’s “Hornets”.
For such a small community it is surprising how many places in North Kansas City you can have an event, arrange quality catering or just take-out interesting food for a smaller gathering.
• Smokin’ Guns BBQ (1218 Swift www.smokingunsbbq.com) has emerged in the past 20 years with their world champion cooking to become one of the Kansas City area’s best BBQ restaurants. Besides their great BBQ menu they have a large event space upstairs with an outside patio deck open towards the downtown KC skyline. They also offer extensive catering service.
ed to offer ideas about sources for dining, entertainment, catering and event spaces in North Kansas City.
Here are Some Obvious Restaurant Choices • Nationally-recognized Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum (323 Armour – www.chappellsrestaurant. com) offers six days and evenings in a unique sports memorabilia venue, delicious food and a back room that can seat as many as 45 people. • Paul & Jack’s Tavern (1808 Clay – www.paulandjacks.com) is another Monday thru Saturday venue with great food and drink. They have three rooms that can be set aside for
• 37 Steak (1 Riverboat Drive at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino) joined the Kansas City scene two years ago as a premier steak house in the same complex as Harrah’s Casino and Harrah’s Hotel. It is promoted as “ . . . not about dinner and drinks. It’s an indulgence for all your senses.” Also at Harrah’s is an assortment of private meeting/dining rooms with catering provided by Harrah’s kitchen.
Adult Beverage Venues
North Kansas City is rapidly becoming famous for its brew pubs and other entertainment district venues. Here are some of the choices: • Big Rip Brewing Co (216 E 9th Ave – www.bigripbrewing.com) was one of the first brew pubs in North Kansas City. Open Wednesday thru Sunday. They offer an event space for private groups. Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum offers delicious food and a back room that can seat as many as 45 people.
• Cinder Block Brewing (110 E 18th Ave – www.cinderblockbrewery.
com) was also a pioneer brew pub in North Kansas City. Open evenings Monday through Saturday. Their amazing growth and popularity prompted them to almost double the size of their building and offer a fully-equipped event space called “The Reclamation Room”. • Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Rd – www.calibrationbrewery.com) is the newest brew pub. They also offer use of a private event space and food from their own kitchen. Open Monday thru Saturday. • Restless Spirits Distilling (109 E 18th Ave – www.restlessspiritsdistilling.com) Although it’s not a “hang out” place they offer tours and have an attractive venue for special events.
• Helen’s JAD Bar & Grill (2002 Armour – email@example.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat) and Helen’s On Wheels Food Truck offer two other interesting possibilities. The grill is open until 2 a.m. Monday thru Saturday and until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Private party room with smoking deck. The food truck operates March 1 thru October 31 for private events offering street tacos, cheese steaks, Cubans and fresh ground beef burgers. • Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington – www.chickennpickle.com) opened earlier this year with 8 pickle ball courts – 4 inside and 4 outside – and a beer garden. The full-service restaurant will open in early December as a chef-driven, casual eatery Continued on page two
Catering Sources & Event Spaces in North Kansas City Continued from page one and bar. Chicken N Pickle promotes itself as a new two-acre food and entertainment venue for groups, big or small, family, friends or coworkers. The 9,000 sq.ft. indoor court space can be turned into a dining room, dance floor or party space complete with giant Jenga, Connect 4, Kerplunk and Cornhole! In Spring 2017, Chicken N Pickle will open a rooftop bar with seating for over 100 guests. • RoKC Climbing Gym (1501 Howell – www.climbkc.com) is not exactly a food place but it is a great place to have an event and bring in your own food. Birthday parties and overnight lock-ins for private groups offer staff instruction for climbing and a private party room. • Screenland Armour Theatre (408 Armour – www.screenland.com/ armour) – A gathering place for first run movies and more. Beer, food and video games.
Dedicated Event Spaces
• Black on Burlington Event Space (1327 Burlington – www.blackonburlington.com) Black on Burlington is a great full-service event space which also features in-house catering by Above and Beyond Catering. They describe themselves as an “urban-industrial event space” in the former historic Whittaker Cable warehouse.
• Armour Loft Event Space (406 Armour – www.heritageeventspaces. com) Comfortably seats 200 with room left over for a dance floor. Select your own caterer for food.
bakery items, catered items, seasonal and special items. Their in-store cafe offers delicious, fresh, reasonably priced sandwiches, pastries and specialty drinks created daily.
• Finnigan’s Hall (503 E 18th Ave) Everything from a large ball room to smaller event spaces to a bowlingcentered event at the adjacent NKC ProBowl which is operated by the same management team. Catering from their own kitchen.
• Le Monde Bakery & Café (308 Armour – www.facebook.com/LeMonde-Bakery) Proudly claims a place among the “Top 50 places to eat in Kansas City” for 2015. Famous not only for their baked goods but for their chicken curry soup and baked bread. Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.
If you want pastries, cakes or donuts to be part of your events, North Kansas City has four great choices: • Aunt Mary’s Cookies Bakery & Café (309 Armour – www.auntmaryscookies.com) Customized cakes and cookies for special events. They also offer daily lunch specials and delivery of their baked goods and lunch platters or box lunches.
A full list of restaurants, bars, bakeries, event venues and entertainment in North Kansas City is available in an enclosure with this newsletter.
• Donut King (2320 Armour – www. donutkingkc.com) Open 144 hours a week, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Their website says: “All of our donuts are made in-house daily. We have 44 different types of donuts along with pastries, cupcakes and our delicious gourmet coffees.” • Judi’s Bakery Café & Coffee Shop (1250 Burlington – www.judisbakery.com) Family-owned bakery that offers a full range of cakes, breads,
Le Monde Bakery & Café proudly claims a place among the “Top 50 places to eat in Kansas City”.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION RESOURCES The City of North Kansas City recently formalized and updated its communication strategies. This includes information that business and property owners, employees and residents in North Kansas City need to know in case of a possibly catastrophic emergency affecting part or all of the community. The vision of the strategy is: “To foster interactive and transparent communication and community engagement in a timely manner, while upholding a unified, positive, and consistent image.” According to the City’s report, the best vehicle for keeping informed during an emergency is Facebook. Facebook should be used to provide updates on emergency/urgent situations, such as estimated time to a resolution or to direct people to additional information sources. Other social media platforms should also be used, but Facebook is to be considered as the priority social media platform in an emergency situation due to its larger general reach into the community. The City’s Facebook is: www.facebook.com/cityofnkc
business sponsored christmas trees One of the important traditions in North Kansas City is the display of business-sponsored Christmas trees along downtown Armour Road and parts of Swift and Burlington. It is not only an amenity that daily workers and residents of North Kansas City enjoy, but it has become an attraction for many citywide “Christmas Light” tours as well as the annual “Christmas Light Run”. The beneficiary of proceeds from that run this year will be the North Kansas City YMCA. Businesses or non-profit organizations can sponsor a pre-lighted tree,
decorate it and compete for recognition as the best in either of two categories – this year’s theme of “Candy Cane Lane” or a business category that encourages decorations that draw attention to the nature of the business itself. Businesses that may be interested in sponsoring but don’t have time to decorate can be paired with a North Kansas City High School group to decorate it. Contact Jennifer at 472-7700 before November 14 if you would like to sponsor a tree, or use the form on the back of the enclosed document.
Ribbon-Cuttings for New & Old(er) Businesses Deutz Power Center Midwest at 1444 Vernon made its presence known at a ribbon-cutting on September 16. This is the first of Deutz’s Power Centers, with satellite operations soon to open in the St Louis and Chicago areas. Deutz Corporation (Norcross, GA) is the U.S. subsidiary of Deutz AG (Cologne, Germany) whose history goes back 150 years. Mass production of diesel engines began more than 100 years ago in 1907. In addition to providing parts, service and maintenance, Deutz Power Center Midwest will design, engineer and manufacture Deutz-branded power packages, such as Deutz powered irrigation units. Customers may also purchase new Deutz engines powered by diesel fuel or natural gas, as well as Deutz Xchange remanufactured engines. The General Manager of Deutz Power Center
Deutz Power Center Midwest celebrates their new location in NKC.
Midwest is Dennis Romanson. The Facility Manager for the North Kansas City facility is Grover Marshall. Exhibit Associates at 1925 Bedford has been in North Kansas City more than 20 years, but recently had a ribbon-cutting celebration, open house and tours. The owners, Don and Amy Jalbert, bought this long-time North Kansas City business four years ago. Their website offers this descripExhibit Associates celtion: “Exhibit ebrates more than 20 years Associates Inc. in NKC with a ribbonis an awardcutting and open house. winning exhibit design, fabrication and installation company. We use our experience and expertise to design and create everything from tradeshow booths to interior signage, of the highest quality. Innovation, customization and impact are our fundamentals. Our knowledgeable and responsible staff members focus on delivering unique displays that can be seen nationwide.”
Now May Be the Time to Join
For 22 years, the North Kansas City Business Council has been doing the serious work of serving as the advocate for the businesses of North Kansas City. It isn’t a “club” for a select few businesses, although membership is restricted to businesses that have a physical presence in NKC. That gives much more focus on any concerns and issues within the municipality than an “area” or “regional” Chamber would offer. The benefits of membership in the NKCBC far exceeds the modest investment to belong. Approximately 200 of North Kansas City’s businesses – retail, service, industrial and non-profit – see the value in the networking and marketing opportunities that membership offers them. To join, either call Rich or Jennifer at 816-472-7700 or go to www. nkcbusinesscouncil.com and click on “Become a Member” in the upper right corner of the Home page. Any business that joins in November will have two free months for the remainder of 2016 in addition to the 12 months of 2017.
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Recent Events • Northland Coffee Connect every Wednesday morning at iWerx • First Friday Coffee at Country Club Bank, Fri, September 2 • Membership Luncheon and Recognition Awards at Black on Burlington, Thu, September 22 • First Friday Coffee at Jim’s Discount Tires, Fri, October 7 • Membership Luncheon and “State of the City” at Fire Station #1, Thu, October 27
Coming Events • Northland Coffee Connect – every Wednesday at iWerx Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Development Center, 1520 Clay (use the parking lot accessible from 16th Ave at the back of the building), starting at 7:45 a.m. • First Friday Coffee at Life Unlimited (formerly Concerned Care), 320 Armour – Fri, November 4, 7:30 a.m. • November Monthly Luncheon at iWerx, 1520 Clay, November 17, 11:30 a.m. (Reservations required) • The Big Event Holiday Reception and Auction at Black on Burlington, 1327 Burlington, Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. (Reservations required)