1985 Best and Worst of KC

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Re: 1985 Best and Worst of KC

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the "coffee shop" concept sounds interesting. would that be similar to billie's grocery and caffetteria now? all day "cafe/restaurant" that also has booze? photos of putsch's online make it look like both a formal/fancy restaurant and basically a cafeteria.

what about fern bars? i'm assuming KC had a few of those back in the day. https://thingsboomerslike.com/get-ready ... fern-bars/
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Re: 1985 Best and Worst of KC

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The Prospect in Westport was a fern bar, Houlihans in the Plaza was the first fern bar to spawn a chain--Gilbert-Robinson had a warehouse full of tschotshkes and Victorianna to decorate interiors as they went national. The Houlihans that still exist are nothing like the original.
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Re: 1985 Best and Worst of KC

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herrfrank wrote: Mon Apr 24, 2023 11:53 am

The 1980s were not good to downtown KC -- nobody went down there except for Bob Jones shoes. Even Crown Center had a tough decade.
LMAO - yep going down to Bob Jone's shoes and seeing him up on his high chair was a thing. I bought some bench made Ralph Lauren shoes their in the late 90s. Such a good deal I bought 4 or 5 pairs. 4 of them still unworn. Ugh....
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