Beer- and cocktail-lovers in the KC area certainly have a lot to be happy about, with several new spots opening their doors this past month. First, Alma Mader Brewing opened in mid-April on Southwest Boulevard, with head brewer and owner Nick Mader building his bona fides by working at Boulevard Brewing Co. and Crooked Stave before starting his own business in Kansas City. Mean Mule Distilling Co. also began pouring drinks in the East Crossroads, serving agave spirit craft cocktails in a desert-themed space next door to Parlor Food Hall. In Mission, Sandhills Brewing has opened a nano brewery, expanding on its work in Hutchison, Kansas. Servaes Brewing has also begun welcoming customers in Shawnee, brewing a variety of styles as well as craft sodas. Servaes also is the only brewery in the metro area to be led and owned by a female brewer, Courtney Servaes. In food, the Art of Pizza began serving pies in the Crossroads, and Lawrence diners have a new spot for poke downtown with Poke Point.

This month we also said goodbye to some favorites, including chef Katee McLean’s Scandinavian street food stall, Vildhast (that menu is moving over to a lunch slot at McLean’s main restaurant, Krokstrom). Mama Tio’s also closed its doors in south Kansas City, while Beignet said goodbye to Westport (its River Market location remains open).

There’s a lot to look forward to in May, including the May 2 opening of the Crossroads Hotel’s new rooftop bar, Percheron, as well as the May 11 opening of Komotodo, which will be serving sushi burritos and bowls with a Latin twist in Overland Park. The all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop, the Littlest Bake Shop, also plans a May opening on 59th Street in Brookside. Keep an eye out as well for news on Fox & Pearl’s new location, as well as Urban Café at 55th and Troost, and Freestyle Poke on 135th Street in Overland Park.

Openings

Alma Mader Brewing, 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, almamaderbrewing.com

The Art of Pizza, 1801 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.421.1888, facebook.com/artofpizzakc

Mean Mule Distilling Co., 1733 Locust St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.787.1846, meanmuledistilling.co

Poke Point, 937 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas, 785.424.7377, pokepointinc.com

Sandhills Brewing, 5612 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas, sandhillsbrewing.com

Servaes Brewing, 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas, servaesbrewco.com

Closings

Beignet, 3959 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Mama Tio’s, 8026 The Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri

Vildhast, 1707 Locust St/, Kansas City, Missouri (menu moved to Krokstrom Scandinavian Comfort Food)

Coming Soon

Chicken Please!, 21 E. Third St., City Market, Kansas City, Missouri

Fields & Ivy Brewery, 706 East 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas, fieldsandivy.com

Fox & Pearl, 2143 Summit St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.437.7001, foxandpearlkc.com

Freestyle Poke, 7108 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas, freestylepoke.com

Grad School, 1744 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri

J. Rieger &  Co., 2700 Guinotte Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, jriegerco.com

Komotodo Sushi Burrito, 13713 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas, komotodo.com (opening May 11)

The Littlest Bake Shop, 645 East 59th St., Kansas City, Missouri, facebook.com/thelittlestbakeshopKC

Percheron (Rooftop Bar at the Crossroads Hotel), 2101 Central Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, crossroadshotelkc.com/food-and-drink/percheron-rooftop-bar (opening May 2)

Strawberry Hill Brewing Co., 601 Central St., Kansas City, Kansas, facebook.com/strawberryhillbrewing

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 7592 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kansas, tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Urban Café, 5500 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, urbancafekc.com

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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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