A rendering of Hotel Karaoke, opening for private parties and special events in December with a grand opening in early 2019. MARK KNAUER |

Karaoke ‘experience’ opening in the Power & Light District

Two-and-a-half years after Hotel Nightclub closed in the Power & Light District, a new tenant is taking its place.

Hotel Karaoke is taking the 8,500-square-foot space on the second floor of the Kansas City Live block, at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard. It plans to open for private parties and special events in December with a grand opening celebration in the first quarter of 2019.

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Customers will be able to demonstrate their karaoke skills in the main gathering area called the Show Room, seating about 200 people. There also will be eight private karaoke rooms seating from five to 20 people. Each room will have a decor inspired by one of the world’s great hotels.

The renovation and expansion will cost more than $500,000. It will be designed by Knauer Inc. in Chicago.

In a statement, Nick Benjamin, executive director of the Power & Light District, said: “As downtown continues to grow and the retail and entertainment worlds continue to evolve, we have taken great care to curate our tenant mix to create the best possible mix of local and national tenants as well as food-based, retail, lifestyle and entertainment-based uses.”

Other tenants on the Live block include County Road Ice House, McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Mosaic Ultra Lounge, No Other Pub by Sporting KC and PBR Big Sky.

No Other Pub plans to expand this winter, adding a private event room holding about 100 people with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of 14th Street and the Live block. The space, modeled after a Children’s Mercy Park suite, will have a bar and media wall.

Hotel Nightclub closed in February 2016. At the time, the Power & Light District announced a million-dollar makeover of the club, saying it would hold up to 1,000 people for live music and DJ performances when it reopened in late 2016. But it never reopened.

“We studied the downtown area and market and decided that karaoke was the best use and fit for our tenant mix — adding another entertainment experience to the Live block,” said Rachel Waller, spokeswoman for the district.

The Power & Light District also is in negotiations for a new tenant for the Kobe restaurant space.

Karaoke ‘experience’ opening in the Power & Light District