Chef Vaughn Good and his wife and managing partner, Kristin Hull, have announced plans to use the former Westside home of Novel, at 815 W. 17 St., as a temporary pop-up location for their upcoming restaurant, Fox and Pearl, which is under construction just down the hill on Summit Street.
Their landlord, real estate developer Adam Jones, offered them the Novel space, which he also owns, once they explained that construction delays were putting them behind schedule.
“We had always planned to do pop-up dinners, like the one we just did recently at Lucky Boys in the West Bottoms,” Good says. “So, when Adam offered to let us use the Novel space, we accepted. It's great to have a consistent space to do some menu testing in the short term until we get our doors open down the hill.
"The timing of all of this worked out great for us, as we recently put the building that was home to Hank Charcuterie up for sale, and we needed a place to move all of our commercial restaurant kitchen equipment until the new restaurant was move-in ready,” he says. “For now, it has found a home in this little house on the hill in the Westside.”
The permanent location for Fox and Pearl, at 2143 Summit St., is currently running about three to four months behind where the couple had hoped to be at this point. In addition to the ground level restaurant and upstairs bar, the basement speakeasy needs work, as well as the back patio.
The “Fox and Pearl 1.0” pop-up restaurant will be open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10pm, and Saturdays for brunch beginning the first week of September.
“Guests can still expect to find food similar to what I was serving at Hank Charcuterie,” says Good. “In this space, I plan to offer 12 to 15 items on the dinner menu, and we'll run them to see how they're received, and then will start pulling some off and replacing them with new ones to see what people respond to,” says Good.
The bar program at the pop-up Fox and Pearl will also be similar to Hank's, offering a handful of barrel-aged cocktails made from local spirits, local beer on tap and a small wine list.
This will truly be a test run for Fox and Pearl; watch Fox and Pearl's Instagram for updates and progress.
Fox and Pearl 1.0, 815 W. 17 St., Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, foxandpearlkc.com