Bar guide: Five modern bars that toast Kansas City’s rich history

For our fall bar guide, we’re raising a glass to new bars in historic Kansas City-area buildings. Among them: Boulevard’s new Beer Hall, a distillery in a former candy factory and a brewery that saved the Golden Ox’s old-school bar.

The Big Show: Ink’s Live Music Stage at the Plaza Art Fair

Heading to the Plaza Art Fair this weekend? Don’t miss the Ink Live! Stage, where 23 bands will play a variety of free shows, from country to indie rock and jazz.

Hotel Phillips to include Italian restaurant, underground ‘speakeasy’

DMK Restaurants of Chicago is creating Tavernonna Italian Kitchen for the corner of 12th and Baltimore. It is scheduled to open later this year. The 12-story historic Hotel Phillips, which is under new ownership, is open during a floor-to-floor renovation.

Independence’s new Los Cabos restaurant brings Mexico to the Midwest

The Oklahoma chain has opened a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and outdoor cabana overlooking a man-made lake and waterfalls. Its made-from-scratch menu includes tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, baby back ribs, seafood and tamales. It also features live music on the weekends, including a mariachi band, and a balloon artist.

Mesob offers a singular experience with Ethiopian and Caribbean menus

The reincarnated Mesob Restaurant in midtown offers Ethiopian and Caribbean food with upscale flair. Chef Cherven Desauguste presents a menu with a fine-tuned sense of taste and presentation. Don’t miss the diri djon djon mushroom rice.

#InkTakeover: Subashini Nadarajah shares love of light and landscapes

Subashini Nadarajah brought the pretty during her takeover of Ink’s Instagram account. Want to be next? Email

Pastry chef Nicolette Foster makes a sweet career move

Nicolette Foster, the new pastry chef at Third Street Social and Summit Grill and Bar, is all about putting fresh spins on classic sweets. Just try her oatmeal cream pies.

Kansas City beer lover is looking to brew romance

Mackenzie Weber, 25, is on the lookout for a guy who wants to explore the city — and then share a beer.

Hollywood looks to Prairie Village man for Emmy-worthy special effects

Bruce Branit of Prairie Village left Los Angeles 10 years ago to move his young family 4 miles from his childhood home in Fairway. For years he has crafted visual effects for high-profile shows and has been nominated for Emmys six times.

Designer charts a new course with Mid Coast Modern

After years climbing the corporate ladder in the advertising industry, Matt Bramlette followed his passion and opened his own shop. Mid Coast Modern sells “modern handmade” goods, including many products from Kansas City.

Halls department store celebrates 100 years with fashionable display

Halls has retrospective showcases featuring vintage Halls fashions, photos and ads. It also will host two pop-up shops and have an auction for premium designer items including Charlie Hustle T-shirts signed by hometown celebrities Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis.

Catch these six artworks on the KC streetcar line before they’re gone

Art on the Line is like a progressive dinner for art lovers — a feast of contemporary works that can be viewed from inside Kansas City streetcars. Here’s a breakdown of the temporary installations, which will come down by the end of September.

Lawrence-based waffle business pops up in Kansas City

Sam Donnell of The Waffle Iron is popping up in September and October at four different coffeehouses in the Kansas City metro area.

Gary Clark Jr. takes a Crossroads KC crowd on a journey beyond the blues

Wednesday night, Clark and his band gave a crowd of more than 1,300 at Crossroads KC nearly two hours of music that visited an array of sounds and styles: blues, psychedelic rock, Southern rock, classic soul, country blues and hard, loud metal-ish blues.

The Northland’s new Roma Italian Restaurant features family recipes

Jimmy Fetahu is both owner and chef at Roma Italian Restaurant, just south of the former Metro North Shopping Center. Academy Sports + Outdoors is the first tenant to open in the $80 million Liberty Commons.

Neighbors again: Underdog Wine Co. to open by new Cafe Europa in Union Hill

Underdog Wine Co. and Cafe Europa are already neighbors at Crestwood Shops. Now the two businesses will expand with second locations next to each other at Union Hill.

Overland Park’s new eCafe will be coffee shop/co-working center

The new eCafe plans an early October opening at 10650 Roe Ave. in Overland Park. The Drawing Board closes in Overland Park. BRGR Kitchen + Bar opening Monday in Leawood.

Menu debuts: s’mored sweet potato fries at Red Robin; Starbuck’s bite-sized bagels

Red Robin is offering seasonal S’mored Sweet Potato Fries topped with hot fudge. Starbuck’s has added Bantam Bagel’s “Bantams,” designed to be eaten on the go. KCK’s 1889 Pizza Napoletana has introduced a $9.89 lunch special and new desserts such as a Peach Nehi floats.

AY Musik is taking it to the streets

AY Musik, a two-man band powered by passion for music, is side-stepping the music industry by performing for crowds on the streets of Kansas City — and on Snapchat.

Krokstrom in midtown brings adventurous Nordic cuisine to Kansas City

Chef Katee McLean taps her Swedish family roots and a global interest in Nordic cuisine to create Krokstrom Klubb & Market, one of the most intriguing restaurants to open in Kansas City in 2016. There are no entrees at this Scandinavian-themed eatery; only small plates and charcuterie — and nothing over $20. The bar, stocked with aquavit, mead and glogg, is just as interesting as the menu.