Downtown Dish Recap: Power & Light District expands outdoor seating; Crossroads Community Kitchen reaches milestone; and meet the Tiny Table Carryout Club

By Katy Schamberger, host

Friday, May 29, 2020 – As Downtown Kansas City continues to reopen for business, this week’s episode of the Downtown Dish brings us exciting news from the Power & Light District, the Crossroads, 18th & Vine and more! 

A big thanks to this week’s guests: Rachel Waller, director of marketing, Kansas City Power & Light District; Kyle Gardner, co-founder of the Crossroads Community Kitchen; plus Chandler McCune and Craig Nagel, creators of the Tiny Table Carryout Club. Let’s get the dish! 

Where we’re eating: Restaurants in Kansas City’s Power & Light District are reopening, offering a mix of dine-in, carryout and delivery services. Check out the new outdoor seating area along 14th Street, currently closed to cars. Restaurants like Bristol, County Road Ice House and the Dubliner are expanding their seating into the street for more al fresco dining options. 

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for a Downtown stroll! Be sure to stop at Meshuggah Bagels in the lobby of One Light to get some delicious carb fuel for your stroll. We hear the pastrami lox bagel & pretzel bites are must-haves! Follow the P&L District on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for the latest reopening news & info. 

Need more dining inspiration? Follow Tiny Table Carryout Club, the creation of lifelong friends Chandler McCune and Craig Nagel. They visit Kansas City restaurants, toting a tiny table and two chairs, and enjoy carryout meals right outside each restaurant. Today, they dished on some of their favorite Downtown spots, including The Antler Room, Soiree and Fox & Pearl. What’s on their list to try? Farina and Corvino Supper Club, among others! 

What we’re doing: Checking out the incredible art created by Peregrine Honig and executed by Scribe, now on display outside Novel Restaurant. Not only is the mural an incredible photo opportunity, it’s also a gorgeous backdrop for Novel’s new outdoor seating, the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious cocktail and meal. 

What we’re buying: The KC Runs on Hospitality team is back with more merchandise to benefit local hospitality workers! Frank Norton’s eye-catching art is now featured on tote bags. Order yours at KCRunsOnHospitality.com

What we’re drinking: Good news, coffee lovers: Thou Mayest’s River Market and Crossroads locations are open! Order online or stop by and place a to-go order. They’ve updated their hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Find them on Facebook for more announcements & info: Thou Mayest Crossroads and Thou Mayest River Quay

What we’re watching: Grab a favorite beverage and pull up a chair for the Jazzy Jamdemic, a live jazz series happening now! Kansas City artists perform live on Facebook from 18th & Vine’s Gem Theatre from 5-6 p.m., Sunday through Friday. Music continues through July 3, so plenty of time to plan and enjoy a live jazz happy hour! 

What we’re celebrating: Since mid-March, The Rieger, 1924 Main, has transformed into the headquarters of the Crossroads Community Kitchen, a grassroots initiative to supply those in need with freshly prepared meals. This week, co-founder Kyle Gardner announced that the CCK hit 50,000 meals served, an incredible milestone. They’re also looking at how to continue the initiative in a way that benefits local chefs, farmers and those in need of meals. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us at noon Friday for our third episode of the Dish, now streaming on YouTube! You can find episodes on the Downtown Dish YouTube channel and subscribe, so you don’t miss a minute. Plus, join us at noon on Fridays on YouTube for a live chat as we watch the show together. See you next week! 

Katy Schamberger, host of the Downtown Dish, had a front-row seat to Downtown Kansas City’s revitalization while writing for the Kansas City Star. Now, 15 years later, she’s built a successful career writing about Kansas City for local and national outlets, including a published travel guide, Moon Kansas City. From social media takeovers to feature stories, Katy looks for any resource to tell the captivating stories that truly make Downtown the heart of Kansas City. Connect with Katy online at @katywrites.