Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby DaveKCMO » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:49 am

food trucks in KC are weird. they don't operate like other cities. there's no street life, so the only time they'll cluster without getting paid is first friday in the crossroads or first weekend in the west bottoms. almost all other times they're getting paid to be there (or some sort of revenue guarantee).

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby earthling » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:26 am

In many cities food trucks do lunch in front of large office buildings that don't have a lot of restaurants nearby. Grand near Pershing used to get food trucks for lunch years ago but haven't seen them in a long time. Martini Corner not really a good spot given it is nearly all eats that it specifically attracts, though no counter eats.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby grovester » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:41 pm

Went and checked out the new Urban Mining location and saw this coming soon.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby SimplyKC » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:12 pm

Also in the area, a bar called Rock-afire is proposed for the former Empire Room.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby moderne » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:49 pm

Hope they make a go for it. Cafe Europa and Attitude are struggling.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby brewcrew1000 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:17 pm

moderne wrote:Hope they make a go for it. Cafe Europa and Attitude are struggling.


Where did u hear that? Attitude always seems busy when I go in and they have a lot of regulars. Not sure about Cafe Europa.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby moderne » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:11 am

From personal observation and talking to the owners and servers.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby smh » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:35 pm

moderne wrote:From personal observation and talking to the owners and servers.


We eat at Europa occasionally, but something about the vibe always seems off in there. My sense is it ought to be dimmer, and a little less sterile--meaning it lacks ambiance. But the food is always good and the service pleasant. I hope they hold out until some of the construction north of them wraps up. Going to be plenty of customers.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby taxi » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:32 pm

smh wrote:
moderne wrote:From personal observation and talking to the owners and servers.


We eat at Europa occasionally, but something about the vibe always seems off in there. My sense is it ought to be dimmer, and a little less sterile--meaning it lacks ambiance. But the food is always good and the service pleasant. I hope they hold out until some of the construction north of them wraps up. Going to be plenty of customers.

I wish them success, but I share your feelings about the space. I find myself driving much farther to go to the Crestwood location, which feels more intimate, comfortable and, well, European. It reminds me of Macalouso's (R.I.P.).

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby earthling » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:05 pm

Cafe Europa is among tops for breakfast, haven't tried lunch/dinner. Try the breakfast sandwich and ask for salsa verde. Eggs benedict great too. Hope they make it, but there is something 'sterile' about the place.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby smh » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:13 pm

taxi wrote:
smh wrote:
moderne wrote:From personal observation and talking to the owners and servers.


We eat at Europa occasionally, but something about the vibe always seems off in there. My sense is it ought to be dimmer, and a little less sterile--meaning it lacks ambiance. But the food is always good and the service pleasant. I hope they hold out until some of the construction north of them wraps up. Going to be plenty of customers.

I wish them success, but I share your feelings about the space. I find myself driving much farther to go to the Crestwood location, which feels more intimate, comfortable and, well, European. It reminds me of Macalouso's (R.I.P.).


I think part of it is that they've used an office-style carpet tile if I recall correctly. I find the bar area and seating to be much more inviting than the dining room.

I also have found breakfast to be pretty enjoyable there.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby Riverite » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:22 am

Full Disclosure: I do work at Cafe Europa, however I am leaving in a week so I feel I can be open. It was struggling a bit last year, however within the last three months business has been doing really well. THey also do a lot of catering and private parties which helps. I wouldn't worry about it closing anytime soon.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby KCtoBrooklyn » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:29 pm

Bitterman/Urban Mining building before and after:

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:38 pm

Jesus, does that stretch need some street trees.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby FangKC » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm

That is a vast improvement. Is there a reason that the window wasn't put back in at street level on the building on the left?

I agree with DaveKCMO on the street trees.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby KCtoBrooklyn » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:30 pm

The building on the left is the offices of SchoolSmart KC. I'm not sure if the tenant specifically wanted it without windows, or if Butch Rigby just decided there was less of a need for windows with that use vs the restaurant and retail spaces.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby chaglang » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:34 am

Off topic, but what's with Butch Rigby slapping deck stain on everything?

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby zonk » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:36 am

chaglang wrote:Off topic, but what's with Butch Rigby slapping deck stain on everything?


+1

I love what Butch is doing, but hate that crappy/cheap wood look.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby DaveKCMO » Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:00 pm

chaglang wrote:Off topic, but what's with Butch Rigby slapping deck stain on everything?


It looks soooooo bad with brick. With anything, really.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby swid » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:33 am

A nanobrewery (Ebert Brothers Brewing) is opening inside the Brick House this summer.


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