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Re: wtf is happening to w. 39th?!

Postby earthling » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:21 pm

kcjak wrote:Something called Bob Wasabi Kitchen is going in to the old-old Mama's space at 39th/Bell (next to the liquor store). Sign says 'sushi, roll, Asian cuisine.' Further to the east, the old Zebedee's record shop has been gutted and is being repurposed as a 3-story multi-tenant building.


Look forward to checking it out but that stripmall is prime to be torn down for another housing project similar to the residential project at 39th/State Line, with retail spot below at street level.

As is the entire lot behind Jazz along State Line. With KU Med area constantly expanding, that lot could use a large urbane residential project with large free public garage (residential spaces as well with separate access) and more streetlevel retail along State Line. Am critical of TIF lately but wouldn't mind TIF being used for those cases - as long as public garage is free.

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Postby auntbigdog » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:56 pm

I should be excited about something finally filling the Mama's space, but I am decidedly meh about this. Probably because, like the liquor store next door, it feels to me more like an enterprise of orneriness rather than filling a void in the area. For Asian cuisine, that stretch of 39th already has Blue Koi, Friends Sushi, Po's Dumplings, Genghis Khan, and even Vietnam Cafe, if you want to walk a couple of more blocks.

I agree it's a prime spot for redevelopment, but from what the owner told me, that is something she will fight -- which is why (she says) she's turned down several good offers on the property. I normally am tender-hearted about old buildings, but I would not shed a single tear if that strip mall were torn down. It's a dump, with no traces of the old theater left, and the ATM and cellphone signs zip-tied to the signpost out front do nothing to make it less trashy.

OK, maybe I'm not meh. I am annoyed about the squandered opportunity.

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Postby mgh7676 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:34 pm

Chef Katee McLean to Open Krokstrom Klubb & Market on 39th Street
McLean and her boyfriend, Josh Rogers, are currently in the process of finalizing the paperwork for a bank loan to open Krokstrom Klubb & Market by Thanksgiving. They've already locked down a prominent space within Restaurant Row on 39th Street, but because they haven't officially signed the lease, they're not yet at liberty to say exactly where the new restaurant will be.
The name of the restaurant and the Scandinavian dishes McLean plans to serve are personal to her and her family. Krokstrom was the last name of her great-great-grandfather, Olaf Frederick “Fred” Krokstrom, who was also the first generation in her family to make it to America. Her great grandparents, Hazel Krokstrom Sinclair and Edgar Sinclair, opened a meat market in the U.S., providing inspiration for McLean’s Krokstrom Klubb & Market.


http://www.feastmagazine.com/the-feed/article_5af3ce4c-566d-11e5-918f-bf5d6e92e2d3.html

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Re: wtf is happening to w. 39th?!

Postby kcjak » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:35 am

The record store on the SE corner of 39th/Wyoming has a moving sale sign in the window. Fingers crossed for something to move in that's not a 100% half-assed attempt at a bad idea.

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Postby kcjak » Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:00 pm

Meshuggah Bagels opening 1208 W. 39th - this is the house that used to be Zebedee's Records...completely gutted and renovated with retail shop on the first floor and an apartment on the uppers.

http://www.feastmagazine.com/the-feed/kansas_city_news/article_b3931c46-c441-11e5-ae44-0385178b1f63.html

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Postby WSPanic » Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:44 pm

kcjak wrote:Meshuggah Bagels opening 1208 W. 39th - this is the house that used to be Zebedee's Records...completely gutted and renovated with retail shop on the first floor and an apartment on the uppers.

http://www.feastmagazine.com/the-feed/kansas_city_news/article_b3931c46-c441-11e5-ae44-0385178b1f63.html


It's about time. Can't get a proper bagel in this town. I went to Brooklyn at the end of last year and had two bagels better than anything I can get around here.

I like the name too.

Next up - a real Jewish deli? I hope?

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Postby pash » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:30 pm

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Postby earthling » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:39 pm

Is hard to find NYC style bagels most anywhere outside NYC, closest I've had in KC was Costco's but they switched to Einstein last year, which isn't as good but doesn't suck.

Many think it's because of NYC water but this report challenges that, claims it's about not skimping on barley malt...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/1 ... 42452.html

Am curious about the new place, would also like to see a counter case of various spreads, which you also don't see much in KC (and not many cities)...
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Postby kucer » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:44 am

Hit up Meshuggah yesterday. Enjoyed what I had. Shared an Everything with Whitefish salad(tasty) and an Everything with a plain cream cheese.

No full blown counter like earthlings picture above. Pretty limited variety of spreads. Bagels were very solid ,though I'm not sure it hits the NJ/NYC mark as I remember them. Just a heads up, they do not toast bagels.

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Postby chrizow » Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:31 pm

my wife showed up at 6:45am on opening morning. there was a guy hanging a sign out front in the parking lot. my wife parked, saw the guy, and was like "oh, oops, will i be in your way if i park here?" the guy was a total dick and said, "yes, you are in my way, and if you park there i am going to scratch your car." wtf?!

i think it was a guy with the sign company and not meshuggah, but kind of an unfortunate way to first engage with a business on opening day.

also, not toasting bagels seems ridiculous?

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Postby mean » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:22 pm

I have to wonder what the odds are he says that to some guy twice his size. I'm thinking probably zero.

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Postby WSPanic » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:35 pm

They're good bagels, but it's not a NY style bagel shop. It's almost like they're bagel wholesalers or something. It's weird. I will support them, because I love bagels, but this could have been so much more. Oh well. Still beats eating Panera bagels.

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Postby shinatoo » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:53 pm

They are bagel wholesalers.
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Postby kcjak » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:49 am

WSPanic wrote:They're good bagels, but it's not a NY style bagel shop. It's almost like they're bagel wholesalers or something. It's weird. I will support them, because I love bagels, but this could have been so much more. Oh well. Still beats eating Panera bagels.


Such is the story of almost every business on W 39th that's opened in the last few years, with the exception of Q39.

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Postby WSPanic » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:11 am

kcjak wrote:
WSPanic wrote:They're good bagels, but it's not a NY style bagel shop. It's almost like they're bagel wholesalers or something. It's weird. I will support them, because I love bagels, but this could have been so much more. Oh well. Still beats eating Panera bagels.


Such is the story of almost every business on W 39th that's opened in the last few years, with the exception of Q39.


I think Hi Dive is a good, solid execution of a neighborhood bar/tavern. And Mo Brews is actually a great place to watch a game - especially in the summer.

I've heard good things about Bob Wasabi, and to a lesser extent, the Meatball District, but I haven't been to either.

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Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:44 am

shinatoo wrote:They are bagel wholesalers.


They should just let someone else operate or manage the actual restaurant. Or better yet couldn't another person just buy these bagels and just run there own shop with all the different smears, and actual toast them?

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Postby kcjak » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:47 pm

I stand corrected - I've also heard raves about Bob Wasabi and looking forward to going. But I won't be back to Meatball District (awful service, small overcooked meatballs, limited menu, etc.). Just seems like for every Hi Dive there is a Meatball District or second-hand goods store; for every Bob Wasabi there's a failed opportunity in the 39th St Market or Goodwill Surplus.

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Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:53 pm

kcjak wrote:I stand corrected - I've also heard raves about Bob Wasabi and looking forward to going. But I won't be back to Meatball District (awful service, small overcooked meatballs, limited menu, etc.). Just seems like for every Hi Dive there is a Meatball District or second-hand goods store; for every Bob Wasabi there's a failed opportunity in the 39th St Market or Goodwill Surplus.


I agree, the Corner Grocery store is a huge failure that could have so much potential.

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Postby WSPanic » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:59 am

kcjak wrote:I stand corrected - I've also heard raves about Bob Wasabi and looking forward to going. But I won't be back to Meatball District (awful service, small overcooked meatballs, limited menu, etc.). Just seems like for every Hi Dive there is a Meatball District or second-hand goods store; for every Bob Wasabi there's a failed opportunity in the 39th St Market or Goodwill Surplus.


Artego is another one I don't like. Tried it a few times, and it was never a good experience.

I'm actually surprised Thomas has made it as long as it has. Great rooftop patio, but not much else I like about the place.


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