Morning Scoop – Commerce Arcade + Downtown museums reopen

Chef Jason Craine at Charisse in the Commerce Arcade, turns up the heat on his restaurant business this week.

Commerce Arcade restaurants are back

Dining and coffee options in Downtown Kansas City grew by four this week, with the return of four Downtown mainstays in the Commerce Arcade,1000 Walnut.

Those who began or expanded their services this week include:

Charisse, 1006 Walnut, serving (old) French / (new) American cuisine, has resumed dine-in service, with appropriate social distancing. Lunch is served on weekdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner on Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 5 p.m. to close; and happy hour on Tuesdays thru Fridays from 4-6 p.m.

Debbie’s Kitchen (formerly In & Out), 1007 Main, is serving simple, no nonsense, “just good food.” Breakfast is available from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays.

Espresso Ah La Cart, located in the Arcade promenade, is serving specialty coffee beverages, handcrafted scones, pastries, teas, and much more. Current hours are 6-10 a.m. weekdays.

Neo Delicatessen, 1000 Walnut, Suite 205, is proudly serving fresh and tasty salads, sandwiches and more. Customer favorites include burgers off the grill, bibimbob salad with chargrilled Korean BBQ and daily specials. Open from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. weekdays. Beginning July 1, Neo will be open from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. including breakfast service.

Serving times and days are subject to change, as city regulations allow. To keep tabs on restaurant hours and menu changes, follow these eateries online via their websites and Facebook pages.


Museums begin to reopen throughout Downtown

Six of the finest regional/national museums and visitor centers – all located in greater Downtown KC – have begun to reopen this month.

Each is reopening carefully. Some with limited hours and days of operations. All asking for patrons to observe social distancing. Each has its own message of welcome to members and guests alike. Make plans now to get out early and often to show the love to these Kansas City treasures.


Airline History Museum, Downtown Airport


American Jazz Museum, 18th & Vine


Sea Life, LegoLand at Crown Center


Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – Centennial!


Science City / Union Station


National WWI Museum and Memorial