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Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:20 am
by brewcrew1000
POI-O -loved the chicken and ribs and the sauces were out of this world. It's just a terrible location. I don't see anything surviving there in terms of restaurant

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:09 pm
by KCPowercat
Damn. Never tried it.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:43 pm
by KCPowercat
Howards closing in December

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:43 pm
by gfenn11
Bluestem is closing 12/19.

on the rumor mill- Betty Rae's (Not exactly COVID related).

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:07 pm
by Highlander
gfenn11 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:43 pm
Bluestem is closing 12/19.

on the rumor mill- Betty Rae's (Not exactly COVID related).
Very disappointing about the Bluestem. Reading the KC Star article, it looks like this would have happened with or without CV19 as they wanted to focus on their two other restaurants and more on their family (as well as explore other possibilities).

https://www.kansascity.com/news/busines ... 22280.html

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:24 pm
by mean
Agreed, very sad news, but their lease was up and you can't really blame them for letting it go considering the situation. Intimate dining rooms like that don't seem very viable right now and likely won't be for the foreseeable future. I don't know how much of it was covid, but surely it was at least a factor in the decision. RIP my favorite restaurant that I never got to visit as often as I'd have liked, but eager to see what could be coming from Colby and Megan in the future.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:19 am
by KCPowercat
Good run for them. May just be a natural progression that the situation heightened like mean alluded to.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:07 pm
by beautyfromashes
This is a smart move for them. There are/will be several prime location spots with landlords eager to bring them in at cheaper rent. The Bluestem needs to be in a prime spot as opposed to next to a Sonic and GameStop.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:39 pm
by earthling
Bluestem ran it's course anyway. Most James Beard chefs shuffle concepts every few years. They shouldn't have issues finding investors for a new concept but hopefully they go for a Bluestem like menu in a COVID aware space that's still cozy, like maybe cubicle-like compartments with ventilation and not the corporate fern like restaurant format (Rye). Would also consider a center bar with 5-6 sides, to allow 6 groups separate from the others and lounge seating surrounding the bar.

We'll see lots of creative COVID aware lounge designs I'd think moving forward.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:44 pm
by KCPowercat
In 2022 you won't know COVID existed in how restaurant/bars are designed.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:47 pm
by earthling
Maybe, but some may still factor that as future possibilities. I'd want that if investing in a space before COVID is over with, especially for smallish lounge restaurants. We also don't know yet if the vaccines will work with future mutations. The Denmark mink mutation is not a good sign.

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:42 pm
by brewcrew1000
gfenn11 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:43 pm
Bluestem is closing 12/19.

on the rumor mill- Betty Rae's (Not exactly COVID related).
The betty Rae's in River Market. Waldo or both?

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:04 pm
by mykn
brewcrew1000 wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:42 pm
gfenn11 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:43 pm
Bluestem is closing 12/19.

on the rumor mill- Betty Rae's (Not exactly COVID related).
The betty Rae's in River Market. Waldo or both?
All of them from the rumors I’ve heard. Owner alleged of domestic violence and being creepy to the younger staff.