December 11, 2010
A Little Humor
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Another week has come and gone. That means it is Saturday and time to count down this week’s strangest restaurant stories. This week is a little more special than most because I am writing up this list 35 years to the day after my Mother struggled through giving birth to me. I was already pretty unappreciative then. I mean I got to lay around naked and warm all day while someone fed me. Little did I know that 35 years later I would be writing about restaurant robberies and indecent exposure.
Read the full post at Restaurant Laughs
September 28, 2010
2010 Plaza Art Fair, 2010 Plaza Art Fair Winner, 2011 Plaza Art Fair, 810 Zone, best, Blanc Burgers and Bottles, Bo Lings, booth, Brio, Buca Di Beppo, Cheesecake Factory, Classic Cup, closing, Country Club Plaza, Figlios, Fred P Otts, Houston's, in gri di ent, jack stack, Kansas City, Kona Grill, M&S Grill, McCormick and Schmick, O Dowd's, PF Changs, plaza art fair, Plaza III, Reserve, reVerse, Ruth's Chris, Starkers, The Capital Grill, The Granfalloon, The Melting Pot, tomfooleries, Topsy's
For those of you from Kansas City, I wanted to provide a recap of the most popular part of the Plaza Art Fair. Sure they call it an art fair, but by far the most common activity is eating the food offered by Plaza restaurants while walking the streets sipping a cocktail. When I made passing mention of it in a previous post, I searched unsuccessfully for a site detailing the food offerings. So on Sunday afternoon I went back to the art fair to photograph the booths. Hopefully this provides you with fond memories during the 51 weeks worth of waiting for next year’s event.
For those of you not from KC, this is interesting on a different level. The Country Club Plaza is Kansas City’s premier dining and shopping district. During the art fair over 100,000 visitors will come to The Plaza to see art and sample some of the local restaurant’s fare. This not only represents a great marketing opportunity, but also a huge opportunity to generate revenue. A successful art fair booth can generate $20,000-$50,000 in revenue on top of a large spike in business inside the restaurant. In order to seize this opportunity you must build, staff, and stock a freestanding restaurant complete with kitchen. The visual appeal of your booth, the quality of your offerings, and the value you provide will determine your success. It is a high risk venture with the potential to do more volume in the free standing booth than most restaurants in America will do in a week.
Some restaurant chose not to participate this year. Notable no shows included The Cheesecake Factory and Buca Di Beppo. I tried diligently to document all those who did participate. I also did some research and as best I can tell will be the first to reveal to the internet the winner of the Plaza Art Fair best booth award. Here are the booths in alphabetical order. Click any picture to see a larger version. A breakdown of their food offerings can be found here.
Blanc Burgers and Bottles
Fred P Ott's
In gre di ent
The Capital Grill
The Melting Pot
And The winner of the 2010 Plaza Art Fair best booth award goes to……
McCormick and Schmick
I hope everyone who attended had a great time. I hope everyone who didn’t get to make it found this post a nice way to enjoy it vicariously. I hope everyone who worked it for three days straight recovers soon. This is a great event for the area and one that definitely draws customers down to the Plaza. Only 51 more weeks until the 2011 Plaza Art Fair. I hope my body has recovered by then.