It has been a busy month for openings downtown and in the River Market, with the impressive (and very large) dog park, beer garden, bar and restaurant Bar K opening in Berkley Riverfront Park, as well as the bar, restaurant and bookstore Our Daily Nada at 3rd and Delaware Streets. The very popular Betty Rae’s Ice Cream also opened its second shop at 4th and Delaware, while Meshuggah Bagels opened at 13th and Walnut Streets.

Further south, Flying Horse Taproom opened in East Brookside, serving pizza and a bevvy of local beers on tap, and Hurts Donut Co. saw lines out the door at Ward Parkway Center for its fresh, creative donut flavors. A little further flung but no less important, Lark a Fare opened its doors in Lawrence, serving Midwestern comforts and brunch. Noah’s Cupboard now brings farm-to-table fare to Weston’s Main Street, and Sohaila’s Kitchen is serving family recipes from India and Pakistan in Lenexa Public Market.

Kansas City said goodbye to a two classics this month, including Fritz’s Chili in Overland Park and Justus Drugstore in Smithville (chef Johnathan Justus is looking for a new home for his original restaurant). Also saying goodbye is West Bottoms Kitchen, Domo in Brookside and the Grille at Park Place in Lenexa.

A few highly anticipated openings are just around the corner in Kansas City, including the food hall and bar Parlor, as well as Fox & Pearl (Sept. 11) and of course, Shake Shack on the Plaza (Sept. 6).


Bar K Dog Bar, 515 Liberty Street, Kansas City, Missouri,

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, 412 Delaware St., Kansas City, Missouri

Flying Horse Taproom, 600 East 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.444.0772,

Hurts Donut Co., 8807 State Line Road, Ward Parkway Center, Kansas City, Missouri,

Lark a Fare, 900 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kansas, 785.856.2585,

Meshuggah Bagels, 40 E. 13th St., Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri,

Neon Palm,

Noah’s Cupboard, 521 Main St., Weston, Missouri, 816.386.4080,

Our Daily Nada, 304 Delaware St. Kansas City, Missouri

Sohaila’s Kitchen, located inside the Lenexa Public Market, 8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, Kansas, 510.509.4430,


Domo, 6322 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri.

Fritz’s Chili, 6737 West 75th St., Overland Park, Kansas.

Justus Drugstore, 106 W. Main St., Smithville, Missouri.

The Grille at Park Place, 5270 W. 116th Place, Leawood, Kansas.

West Bottoms Kitchen, 1623 Genessee St., West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri

Coming Soon

Baramee Thai Bistro, 1810 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Missouri

Beignet, 3959 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Big Momma's Bakery-Cafe, 4707 East Bannister Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Fox and Pearl 1.0, 815 W. 17 St., Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, (opening Sept. 11)

Parlor, 1707 Locust St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri,

Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria, 8710 Lackman Road, Lenexa, Kansas,

Scarlet, 421 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri

The Shack, 7940 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas,

Shake Shack, 239 W. 47th St., Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, (opening Sept. 6)

Wheat Neighborhood Table, 128 West 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri

April is a Kansas Citian by way of New Mexico, worker bee, freelance writer and photographer, food, music, animal and travel lover.

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