Brookside Ready to Welcome Two New Restaurants

Brookside will welcome two new restaurants shortly…Brookside Barrio and Brookside Poultry Company are preparing to open within the next few weeks.  Similar to building a brand new house–one can aim for a firm opening date but usually it’s a fluid process, as various vendors and contractors plus new staff have to come together at just the right time before the doors open.   Often a new spot is jammed with curious foodies the first few weeks, so it can be a challenge getting the service and food in sync while everyone is talking about ‘the new place to eat’ in our neighborhood.  If you are one of the first to try one of these new places, please be patient with the dining experience!

Brookside Poultry Company is  Brookside resident Charles d’Ablaing’s first restaurant, poultryhaving worked at Chaz on the Plaza, Webster House and Rosso (now closed).  Originally from Atlanta, the chef will focus on southern cooking with an emphasis on spit-roasted chicken, duck and turkey (locally sourced), plus cheddar biscuits, marinated fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits and key lime pie.  The restaurant seats just 30 people (no reservations) and  food will be available for take out.  In addition, patrons can rent the space for private events Sundays and Mondays when it is closed to the public. Brookside Poultry Company is located at 408 E 63rd St, (63rd and Oak) in the former Oak 63 space.

barrioIn the old Julian space at 6227 Brookside Plaza, watch for the opening of Brookside Barrio, a Mexican Kitchen and Bar.  This is the third restaurant for Chris Ridler, who also owns Sol Cantina on Martini Corner and Zocalo on the Plaza.  Menu items will include  grilled skirt steak with cilantro chimichurri, fried shrimp tacos and Mexican lettuce wraps (that sounds interesting!).  Brookside Barrio will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and will have outdoor seating as well–one of the best features about that restaurant spot.

Two new dining spots coming soon to Brookside for you to try…I’m excited about both of them, especially because they are locally based operations.  Now all we need is a new opening date for Plate…….hopefully this year!


KC Restaurant Week Begins Friday

Kansas City Restaurant Week 2018 begins Friday Jan 12…and it’s not too early to make reservations today!  So many restaurants book up early.


KCRW is a benefit for Kansas City Community Gardens.  A portion of the money raised will go to this organization that helps low income neighborhoods and communities grown food in vacant lots and gardens.  Restaurants offer a multi course lunch ($15) and/or dinner ($33) during the ten day event through special menus that you can view online.  Many of the participating eateries are locally owned, so it’s an excellent opportunity to try a new place at a bargain price!  Reservations are strongly recommended.

Here’s a list of the Brookside/Waldo restaurants that are participating:

Aixois, Avenues Bistro, Michael Forbes, Nick and Jakes, Boru, Summit Grill and Red Door Grill.

Reservations and menus can be viewed at the KC Restaurant Week website.   Special deals run through January 21, 2018.  Enjoy some good food and conversation with friends while supporting Kansas City Community Gardens!

Shopgirls Now a Pop Up for Holiday Season Shopping


I was saddened to hear that Shopgirls‘ lease negotiations fell through with landlord First Washington Realty (the out of town company that owns a large chunk of real estate along 63rd St just east of Wornall).  According to the Kansas City Star, owner Katy Hamilton wanted to remain in her longtime location at 6245 Brookside Plaza, near Foos and 5B Candle, but First Washington would not allow her to stay past the lease expiration date of Nov. 30.  Shopgirls has been in business over ten years, and is known for it’s wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories that one can’t find in a typical big box department store.  And of course, the personal service was warm, sincere and friendly.

Fortunately, local Brookside landlord Joe Zwillenberg offered Katy a pop up space to serve her customers during the busy holiday shopping season.  Starting today (12/7/17), find Shopgirls at 6304 Brookside Plaza, right above Mr Goodcents.  Hours through December are Thursdays 4-8pm, and 2-8pm Friday and Saturday.



You can also find unique gift items and accessories at Katy’s other Brookside shop, Hamilton, at 6215 Oak.

Thank you for shopping locally owned Brookside and Waldo businesses!

Eat Ice Cream, Support a Local Non- Profit!

You may not think often of enjoying a cold, tasty ice cream treat this time of year — but now you should!

betty raeWaldo’s popular ice cream shop Betty Rae’s is donating 100% of sales every Tuesday this month to a local non profit organization. Today,  December 5, the charity is Restart. Next week, December 12 is Cultivate KC and the following week, December 19 is Operation Breakthrough.  Stop in and try one of their seasonal flavors, like eggnog, apple crisp or maple walnut…or buy a gift card as a holiday gift/stocking stuffer!

Hours through December 23 are Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-10pm.  Betty Rae’s is located at 7140 Wornall Road.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Waldo and Brookside businesses!

Waldo Small Business Saturday Crawl-Tomorrow!

Why fight the big box/mall crowds on Black Friday when you can leisurely shop local on Saturday??


This Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday–shoppers are encouraged to go out and buy holiday gifts from locally owned businesses.  Usually the selection is more unique, staff is friendly and the stores aren’t so crowded with frantic bargain seekers. 

Waldo is hosting the Small Business Saturday Crawl from 10am-4pm this Saturday. Visit at least ten businesses, spend $50 and receive $10 in Waldo Bucks to spend later.  Details on this promotion are at  A few of the participating businesses include Bier Station, Eclectics, Hawthorne and IvyMikes Wine and Spirits, Waldo Pizza, COCO Brookside and Family Bicycles.  You can see how easy it would be to spend a total of $50 in one day at these and other Waldo shopping spots.

Support your neighbors and local economy by participating in Small Business Saturday–or whenever you plan your holiday gift buying trips!


Brookside Home Sales Stats-Oct 2017

As we wind down toward the end of the year, home sales typically slow down.  Brookside home prices continue to beat 2016–it will be interesting to see exactly how much for the year  when I post final 2017 stats in January.  For now, here is the October 2017 single family home sales report for the Brookside zip code of 64113:

October 2017

Median list price:     $399,000

Median sales price:  $395,000

No. of homes sold:       25

Days on market:           32

The lowest closed sales price was $235,000 and the highest was $646,850.

October 2016

Median list price:      $329,975

Median sales price:   $324,975

No. of homes sold:       30

Days on market:           21

Year to date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:        $382,447

Median sales price:     $373,750

No. of homes sold:        256

Days on market:             18

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:       $352,500

Median sales price:    $350,000

No. of homes sold:        282

Days on  market:            34

Year-to-date, Brookside home prices are up 6.5% over 2016 and homes are selling faster.  Currently there are 38 active listings, with a median list price of $557,000 and 56 days on market.  Note that over half – 20 homes-are priced over $500,000 with seven of those at $1 million or higher.  

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Road Construction Along Wornall in Waldo

Wornall Road is one of the most traveled street in the Brookside/Waldo area.  I avoid driving on Wornall south of Gregory through 85th St–the road is very narrow and usually always congested.

Wornall one

You’ve probably noticed that Wornall is now down to two lanes, roughly  between 79th and 83rd Terrace with some sort of construction going on.

I called KCMO to find out what was going on.  The City has contracted with Infra Source to replace the gas lines.  Expect this area of Wornall to have  just two lanes for at least the next thirty days while the company completes it’s work.

Alternate routes include Main St, Ward Parkway, Oak and State Line.  

If you must drive along Wornall during the construction, please be considerate of the road workers, other drivers and allow for extra time.  It is an inconvenience but not worth a case of road rage!