Downtown Tanners closing?

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by AllThingsKC » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:30 am

The article says that they are NOT blaming the Power & Light District because their sales have been down for the past 3 years.
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by ignatius » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:38 am

In the last 3 years they've been competing with Bulldog, Cashew then Willies, all of which are mo betta.  Tanner's was an 80's hasbeen vibe with poor food.  It needed to go away, but something needs to replace it as there are many residents surrounding that spot.

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by dangerboy » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:46 am

ignatius wrote: In the last 3 years they've been competing with Bulldog, Cashew then Willies, all of which are mo betta.  Tanner's was an 80's hasbeen vibe with poor food.  It needed to go away, but something needs to replace it as there are many residents surrounding that spot.
Yeah I don't get their "downtown is not a neighborhood" comment considering they are located in the most established residential are of downtown. Sounds like they are blaming external factors for what are internal problems.

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by chrizow » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:56 am

yeah.

translated:

"the market just isn't there anymore for terrible Sysco-truck fried food and stale beer in a plastic cup, served by nitwits in a bland, smoky environment with really uncomfortable furniture."

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by immortal3 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:52 pm

The Thursday night $10.95 16oz strip was the best deal in KC.

I've gotten decent/good service everything I went to Tanner's (which was often living in Quality Hill). Outside of the steaks, the food was so/so, but for a local joint, a little bar food and a $2.50 Coors Light=not a horrible deal. The bartenders though, I agree with others, were a-holes.

The killer about Tanner's was the $5 cover on Friday and Saturday nights. I always thought that was insance, especially when a) The Quaff, right next door, only charged a buck, and b) there are at least 50 better joints in KC proper to blow a $5 cover on (for the record, I try to avoid anywhere with a cover, that crap is for folks 21-25, IMO).

With P&L online + crappy service that others have stated, it was only a matter of time. I hope The Quaff is not next, their take-out liquor service is solid when you want a few beers to take home walking back from work.

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Post by Midtownkid » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:29 pm

But you can dress anyway you want at Tanners...ass-crack-showing jeans and all!  &&&
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Downtown Tanners Dress Code

Post by AllThingsKC » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:59 pm

^

Yep.  And, now they're closing.   :D
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by Appraiser » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:41 pm

Midtownkid wrote: But you can dress anyway you want at Tanners...ass-crack-showing jeans and all!  &&&
No sleeveless shirts (for men) and some rule about printed shirts?
A buddy of mine had to leave for having a sleeveless shirt on (it was after the trolly run a few years back, seemed kinda stupid).  On more than one occasion I have seen them turn away customers for having Harley Davidson t-shirts.  One time it was a guy with his wife and kids, again, seemed kinda stupid, but there place there rules.

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by Beermo » Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:31 pm

immortal3 wrote: The Thursday night $10.95 16oz strip was the best deal in KC.
not true. you can get a 16oz. t-bone on tuesdays and fridays at diamond joe's and you also get the best views in town.
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by LenexatoKCMO » Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:33 pm

Beermo wrote: not true. you can get a 16oz. t-bone on tuesdays and fridays at diamond joe's and you also get the best views in town.
Sounds like Beermo has clearly identified Tanner's downfall . . . failure to match the competition's "view".    :lol:

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Post by bahua » Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:51 pm

John's Big Deck has a $6 steak. I'm sure it's wonderful.

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by snakeguy » Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:54 pm

bahua wrote: John's Big Deck has a $6 steak. I'm sure it's wonderful.
Do you mean $6 snake?  :lol:

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Post by scooterj » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:05 pm

snakeguy wrote: Do you mean $6 snake?   :lol:
I have a friend who will go a day or two without eating and then will go to John's Deck and order the 18 ounce triple cheeseburger, rare.  He'll devour the entire thing in minutes.  (I'm twice his size and can't even finish their double.)
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by mean » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:41 pm

chrizow wrote: yeah.

translated:

"the market just isn't there anymore for terrible Sysco-truck fried food and stale beer in a plastic cup, served by nitwits in a bland, smoky environment with really uncomfortable furniture."
Seconded. That space really deserves a nice restaurant.
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by shaffe » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:29 am

i was talking last night with our caterer my fiancee and i are using for our wedding and he said he was going to partner with the guy who owns club 1000 and the subsequent floors above the former tanners and open a lunch restaurant.  he said he didn't want to do anything "fried or grilled" but quick and fresh stuff (sandwiches and the like with a few daily specials).  he said it would probably open up sometime after the first of the year and be for lunch only to start and maybe expand from there.  sounds like maybe a downtown loop version of souperman.

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Post by KCPowercat » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:32 am

this sounds awesome...thanks for the intel.

hopefully we see the red development signs coming down soon to indicate some progress.
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by LenexatoKCMO » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:37 am

Does the partner own the space?  Seems like it would be a heck of a large, expensive space to make a go of it as a lunch restaurant unless you had a sweetheart lease. 

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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:53 am

was this the closure that really ended up being a lease that wasn't renewed by the landlord? the star link is dead...

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Post by KCPowercat » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:57 am

all I remember was the tanners lawyer saying business had been bad for 3 years and he said downtown wasn't a neighborhood.
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Re: Downtown Tanners closing?

Post by kcdcchef » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:08 pm

i can still remember it opening as pj clarkes. that lasted i think all of 6 months. damn good stuff though, i was suprised pj clarkes didnt make it there. at the time, i was just flat out THRILLED something was going in there after watching it sit vacant for most of my downtown life.

tanners sucked there, and sucks in general. like chriz says, just frozen sysco fried foods with cheap beer. sure, not a bad item for downtown in general, but you already have that at the quaff, with a far superior atmosphere.
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