A selection of the city’s most interesting food and drink news.
Kansas City has another option for authentic boil-and-bake bagels. Providence Pizza has launched its own pop-up His Bagel His concept that makes “Jersey-inspired” bagels on Saturday mornings.
Luca Bagels was inspired by a family trip to Jersey, home to the mother of Providence co-owners Aaron and Luke Salvatore.
“My best memory of bagels is being in New Jersey as a kid,” says Luke. “A big, fluffy bagel filled with cream cheese.”
For Salvatores, “There’s no difference between NY and NJ bagels.”
Luke Salvatore uses a wild yeast starter with commercial yeast additions, but Luke Salvatore says he’s not against moving to completely naturally leavened bagels. Bagels he goes through a two-day fermentation process, so “you get the flavor and digestibility that comes with a long fermentation,” he says.
“We roll all our bagels by hand rather than using a machine. This makes them look better.”
Providence serves bagels at its Grandview and Westport locations Saturday morning through noon.
Limitless Brewing is Lenexa’s first brewery, tucked away in an industrial park just west of Interstate 35. With little signage and no traffic from his HVAC contractors and stadium chair makers in the neighborhood, most patrons found the microbrewery by word of mouth.
Limitless is now more recognizable with a new location at 9500 Dice Lane in Lenexa. The new location is only half a mile (800 meters) from the old location, but it’s right off 95th Street.
According to Emily Mobley, one of Limitless’s four owners, the new space is much larger, complete with a large outdoor patio. Provides the opportunity to add fermenters in the future. Limitless is also adding permanent food options in partnership with Point and Flat BBQ. Barbecue nachos on Thursdays, BBQ pizza on Fridays, and all-day BBQ on Saturdays. It’s always there, so new brews come along as you move. “The brewery rarely makes the same beer twice for her,” she says Mobley.
In other beer news, the venerable Waldo beer bar Bier Station will close on December 31st and will become the taproom for Crossroads’ City Barrel Brewing.
For the past decade, the Bier Station has been KC’s embassy for craft beer culture. A staple of the national list of famous beer bars, it’s where brands entered the local market and where visiting beer nerds stopped for sessions.
Former owner John Couture said it was time for a change. “This is good,” he says. “I know it’s sad for many people, myself included, but if you know Bier Station, you know how important political activism and community involvement are to your business. That’s something I’d like to spend more time doing.”
The beer scene has changed a lot in the decade since Bier Station opened. From clear to very hazy to children’s cereal filled to clear again to clear again.
Microbreweries were at the heart of beer culture in the early days of the American craft movement, but have seen a resurgence in recent years. “Less people are going to beer bars, more people are going to breweries,” he says. “So it’s been a big move since we opened. is thinking.”
Outpost Social Club, located in the Westside neighborhood, has been serving dinner and late-night dining since it opened in July 2021. A sister location to trendy nightspot Panther’s Place has added breakfast and lunch. Garlic and mushrooms. The turnaround was instigated by chefs Rachel West and Gunner his Hawkins, who took over the kitchen last March.
The engaged West and Hawkins attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis and have been sous chefs at both Michael Smith’s restaurants, Extra Virgin and Farina. In addition to her coffee drinks, the full bar offers craft her cocktails such as Bloody Her Marie and Mimosas. Morning familiars such as egg sandwiches and crispy hash browns are on the menu, along with Rachel’s freshly baked pastries. Lunch is a smash burger, sautéed prawn po boy, and french fries.
The breakfast and lunch menus are fairly typical, but Potpost owner Ryan Gale serves chicken eggs and sources tomatoes and fresh herbs from his garden. “We’ve worked in simpler places, we’ve worked in five-star restaurants. I like it, but when you do simple things very well, people tend to like them better.”
The owner of local coffee spot Slow Bar has partnered with Blackhole Bakery to open a new coffee shop, Novell. Novella is owned by Joshua Bella and is currently open at West Bottoms in Charmed House Interiors (formerly known as The Painted Sofa) at 1331 Union Ave. in KCMO.
Slow Bar is a minimalist West Coast concept inspired by Bella’s California roots, while Novella incorporates a traditional café feel and maximalist décor to reflect its industrial neighborhood.
“The Great Gatsby design scheme and color palette will be more and more moody and dark with brass and wood tones,” Bella says. “A really cool ode to West Bottoms history.
Troost’s partnership with Blackhole Bakery is consistent with Bella’s coffee concept. Novella will open with pastries from the beloved bakery, but there are plans to create a more substantial grab-and-go option, eventually offering a full breakfast and lunch menu curated by Black Hole owner Jason Provo. The House Espresso Blend is a Single Origin Colombian from the Nariño Region roasted in collaboration with Marcel Coffee.
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