Joyce Smith, The Kansas City Star

Joyce Smith

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Joyce:

Independence mall plans interactive features ‘you can’t get sitting in front of a TV’

Independence Center plans to open new interactive entertainment experiences this winter, including an arcade, climbing wall and rope courses. The center’s longtime carousel ride will be removed in September. → Read More

Crossroads pizza restaurant near Sprint Center is ‘closed until further notice’

Homeslice Pizza & Pints, which opened at 1501 Grand Blvd. in 2017 near the Sprint Center, has been closed for several days. The owners declined to comment, directing people to their Facebook page for updates. → Read More

KC-area restaurant, grocery and brewery updates for July: What’s coming, open, closed

Dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and event spaces are opening across the Kansas City region and in Lawrence, Kansas, in the next few months. Here is the list for July 2019 openings and closings. → Read More

An Overland Park pizza restaurant had to toss out the salads after inspection

Spin Pizza in Corbin Park had some foods at improper temperatures during a July 2 inspection. The items were discarded. It has since been reinspected and is now “selling everything,” according to Spin’s CEO. → Read More

Leawood furniture store to close, all its inventory discounted after bankruptcy

Z Gallerie officials cited a Furniture Today story that said at least 32 Z Gallerie stores are closing, including the Leawood Town Center Plaza location, because of the company’s bankruptcy reorganization. → Read More

One KC-area Waffle House shuts its doors after more than four decades

Waffle House has closed its Grandview, Missouri, location after operating there for 45 years. The high cost of upkeep led to the decision to close the Main Street mainstay, a company spokesman said. → Read More

Waldo combo restaurant closes. Social media misses with new White Castle speculation

The KFC/Long John Silver’s combo restaurant at 420 W. 85th St. has closed. The KFC dates to at least 1982. It was remodeled and added the Long John Silver’s brand in 2006. The building is now for lease. → Read More

Buffet that served as a ‘classroom’ for UMKC students shuts down east of Brookside

Nearly a year after opening in Kansas City’s the Landing, Cornbread Buffet has closed and will relocate. A new restaurant will open in the spot, just east of Brookside, to “better serve the community.” → Read More

Westport liquor store ready to relocate and expand with spot that spans three lots

Mike’s Wine and Spirits will invest $3.5 million in a new, much larger Westport location under construction at 1110 Westport Road, next to its current store. A late fall opening is scheduled. → Read More

Capital Grille sets date for move across Plaza to make room for Nordstrom

The Capital Grille will move in August across the Country Club Plaza to make room for Nordstrom, which is relocating from Oak Park Mall. The new spot will be slightly larger than the current location. → Read More

Keeping up with the KC coffee scene: One spot opens downtown, another closes nearby

PT’s Coffee is now open at 1310 Baltimore, near its Crossroads location. The Topeka-based company has made national “‘best coffee” lists. As it opens, Kaldi’s says it will close in the Power & Light District. → Read More

There’s a new pop-up on the Plaza, with the ‘best sandwich bread you’ve never heard of’

Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches opened a year ago on the West Plaza. Now it is offering a limited menu of cold Dutch Crunch sandwiches at the Plaza’s Made in KC Marketplace through the end of August. → Read More

Do you have the appetite of a lumberjack? KC ax-throwing spot expands menu beyond chips

Blade & Timber, a Kansas City ax throwing center, currently offers just chips and pretzels. But it will soon introduce a hearty menu designed by a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist from Lawrence. → Read More

Enough on KC barbecue debate: Let’s talk fried chicken, as two spots added to area mix

Two new KC fried chicken operations have recently opened. The City Market’s Chicken Please specializes in a variety of chicken dishes, while midtown’s Bond’s Chicken & Blues offers a Southern-style menu. → Read More

New studio ready to get its sweat on in KC’s Crossroads with infrared yoga, saunas

Los Angeles-based Sweatheory, a health studio specializing in infrared saunas in private rooms with showers, and infrared yoga and fitness classes, has opened a location in Kansas City’s Crossroads district. → Read More

New Brookside shop opening in August wants to be the ‘go-to place’ for accessories

When Emily Bordner couldn’t find a tote she liked, she took a leather class and made her own. Then she started selling her own designs and expanded into jewelry. Now she will open a Brookside shop, EB & Co. → Read More

No parking on tap: Popular Waldo brewery, neighbors feel car congestion with roadwork

People living near Waldo’s KC Bier Co. say the brewery’s customers are parking on both sides of their narrow block since road construction started. The city says the work could be finished soon. → Read More

New York mattress chain sells its products at Target. Now it’s opening on the Plaza

Casper will open in the former Vera Bradley space at the Country Club Plaza, right next to Kate Spade New York. Casper doesn’t have any retail stores in Kansas or Missouri but its products are sold at Target. → Read More

North Kansas City spot goes plant-based with lasagna, chocolate pudding, power bowls

Fresh Healthy Fast, a meal preparation service, has opened at 414 Armour Road with plant-based menu items, including lasagna, chocolate pudding and power bowls. The items can be preordered or picked up to go. → Read More

Kansas City Starbucks with popular drive-thru closes for remodeling

After more than 13 years at 4101 Main Street, the popular Starbucks with a drive-thru is being remodeled. The drive-thru is scheduled to reopen in early July, and the cafe is set to reopen in mid-July. → Read More