Hogsheads Kansas City Interview

Dec 13, 2017, 02:12 AM

Local restaurateurs plan to open Hogshead Kansas City at Country Club Plaza in November.

Shawn McClenny, owner of One Block South entertainment district in Overland Park, and Clark Grant, former executive chef at the Capital Grille in Chicago and on the Plaza, have leased a 5,500-square-foot space at 4743 Pennsylvania Ave. It is being remodeled and will have “rustic contemporary” decor and a casual atmosphere.

Hogshead Kansas City will have a “creative American,” chef-driven menu using locally sourced products, craft beers and in-house barrel-aged cocktails. The restaurant will staff about 50 employees.

Hogshead is an old world term for a large cask used for the shipment of wine and spirits, McClenny said.

The partners met when they helped with a benefit for a server who had worked for them both. They also connected over their love of Chicago’s culinary offerings.

The spot where Hogshead will open has a culinary history spanning 45 years.

Joe Gilbert and Paul Robinson opened their first Houlihan’s Old Place in the spot in 1972, naming it after clothier Thomas Houlihan, the location’s former tenant. Houlihan’s operated in the space for 30 years, and McClenny’s wife had once been a server there.

But then landlord Highwoods decided not to renew its lease. California Pizza Kitchen opened in the space in mid-2003 and closed in mid-2014.

Corner Bakery Cafe had been in negotiations for the space before the Plaza changed ownership in 2016.

“Hogshead Kansas City will be a terrific addition to the Plaza.,” said Meredith Keeler, general manager of the Plaza. “We are proud to add another local business to our lineup and are confident the restaurant, with its locally sourced ingredients and extensive menu, will generate a large and loyal following.”

The local owners of Leawood’s Rye Restaurant also recently announced plans to open a Plaza Rye at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway on the Plaza.

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