Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby kcjak » Wed May 11, 2016 4:43 pm

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moderne wrote:Don't understand the objections. About the only project to attempt incorporating an historic building. That concrete wall "eliminating any interaction with the street" is not monolithic and is a reasonable solution to a sloping site. It is very close to sidewalk level at the south end and slopes to meet the garage entrance. Quite similar to the Founders buildings across the street. As someone who lives on the street, I don't want random interaction with the street unless and until I choose it.


Couldn't agree more. Nothing wrong with the solution offered for the North building. I think this project is great - hope it gets done.

The teeth gnashing and hand wringing that goes on around here regarding about the 10 seconds it takes to walk past a building boggles my mind.


If you chose between a forgettable 10 seconds to walk past a building or 10 seconds that is memorable because of visual interaction with the environment, most people would choose the latter.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby pash » Wed May 11, 2016 5:09 pm

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby moderne » Wed May 18, 2016 11:49 am

Cafe Europa to open a location at 30th and Gillham, breakfast,lunch, dinner, and prepared foods section. Outdoor seating area.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby earthling » Wed May 18, 2016 11:57 am

moderne wrote:Cafe Europa to open a location at 30th and Gillham, breakfast,lunch, dinner, and prepared foods section. Outdoor seating area.


Good news, which building?

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby taxi » Wed May 18, 2016 4:06 pm

Great news, I love that place. I don't wanna start a fight, but they have the best fried chicken in town (only on Sundays).

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby brewcrew1000 » Wed May 18, 2016 4:16 pm

Is that restaurant Attitude ever gonna open, seems like it was suppose to open a year ago

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby kcjak » Wed May 18, 2016 4:19 pm

taxi wrote:Great news, I love that place. I don't wanna start a fight, but they have the best fried chicken in town (only on Sundays).


I'll have to try their fried chicken, but am currently hooked on the Sunday-only chicken at Char Bar. I try to like Cafe Europa, but always leave underwhelmed, so maybe the chicken will do the trick. But I don't really get what restaurant is going for - used to be more French, but now more bistro and then they go and throw in fried rice, chilaquiles and comfort food on Sundays.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby grovester » Wed May 18, 2016 5:05 pm

Fight started. Like North End better, but Europa has much better sides.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Wed May 18, 2016 5:12 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:Is that restaurant Attitude ever gonna open, seems like it was suppose to open a year ago


4 weeks ago: "After months of back and forth with the city we are finally in the home stretch and hopefully soon these tables will be surrounded by people enjoying the food we make."

https://www.instagram.com/attitudeinkc/

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby JBmidtown » Thu May 19, 2016 6:49 pm

I worked at Cafe Europa for a year and a few months. It was very interesting.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby grovester » Thu May 19, 2016 7:48 pm

Ha! Faint praise.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby chingon » Fri May 20, 2016 10:09 am

grovester wrote:Fight started. Like North End better, but Europa has much better sides.


Hate to do it, but...

Gus's has the best fried chicken in metro KC now.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby JBmidtown » Fri May 20, 2016 10:49 am

chingon wrote:
grovester wrote:Fight started. Like North End better, but Europa has much better sides.


Hate to do it, but...

Gus's has the best fried chicken in metro KC now.


I agree. Unfortunately KC does not have great choices when it comes to fried chicken. We're not in Nashville.

I enjoyed the fried chicken at Cafe Europa for awhile until I was taking home pounds and pounds of leftovers and the enjoyment slowly faded. Working from open to close every Sunday for 60+ weeks, setting up brunch, cleaning the kitchen between shifts and then frying racks and racks of chicken parts until I myself became a fried chicken part probably didn't fire up my palate for their fried chicken either.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby pash » Fri May 20, 2016 11:00 am

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby grovester » Fri May 20, 2016 11:04 am

JBmidtown wrote:
chingon wrote:
grovester wrote:Fight started. Like North End better, but Europa has much better sides.


Hate to do it, but...

Gus's has the best fried chicken in metro KC now.


I agree. Unfortunately KC does not have great choices when it comes to fried chicken. We're not in Nashville.

I enjoyed the fried chicken at Cafe Europa for awhile until I was taking home pounds and pounds of leftovers and the enjoyment slowly faded. Working from open to close every Sunday for 60+ weeks, setting up brunch, cleaning the kitchen between shifts and then frying racks and racks of chicken parts until I myself became a fried chicken part probably didn't fire up my palate for their fried chicken either.


I had the same experience with shrimp after peeling cooler after cooler in New Orleans.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby brewcrew1000 » Fri May 20, 2016 11:56 am

chingon wrote:
grovester wrote:Fight started. Like North End better, but Europa has much better sides.


Hate to do it, but...

Gus's has the best fried chicken in metro KC now.


I agree, some don't like it though and think its overpriced but I love it. This is the only chicken where i have eaten the entire skin.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby JBmidtown » Fri May 20, 2016 12:52 pm

pash wrote:So ... you are a giant piece of fried chicken ... and thanks to the music thread, we know where you live ...


did I say fried chicken? uh...I meant fermented fish. Yeah! That's it. Fermented fish. 8-[

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby chingon » Fri May 20, 2016 3:02 pm

JBmidtown wrote:Unfortunately KC does not have great choices when it comes to fried chicken. We're not in Nashville.


Boy. There are very few things I find pleasant, unique or interesting, much less compelling, about Nashville, but that chicken is absolutely special.

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Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:07 pm

Neighborhood meeting on the Velvet Freeze building tonight. They are not seeking incentives. Sounds like there have been discussions with a local Sundry-like business for the retail space on 31st. Lots of bike features, rails in the halls, large elevator and storage in every apartment. Rents as low as $1.15 per square foot. She seemed really concerned with keeping it affordable. My feeling is that the wall facing the sidewalk is planned to be significantly better than what's in the rendering, much more of a green garden wall with a bunch of plants.

Plenty of push-back on parking from NIMBYs. She says that she wants to check property records on tenants to make sure they don't have cars that are being parked on neighborhood streets. Not nearly as much push-back on density as I would have thought. Seemed like if there would have been a bigger parking garage, those folks would have been almost completely happy with it.

If they can't get approval on the parking issue, she would likely just renovate the Velvet Freeze building and put surface parking where the new building is planned but she definitely did not want to do that.


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