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!

Brookside Home Sales Report-Nov 2017

Home sales have slowed in Brookside, as they traditionally do this time of year. Very few sellers list their homes during the holiday season and through the cold months early in the year. Here are the November 2017 single family home sales stats for Brookside, using zip code 64113:

November 2017

Median list price:     $409,000

Median sales price:  $405,000

No. of homes sold:        17

Days on market:            26

November 2016

Median list price:      $350,000

Median sales price:   $349,000

No. of homes sold:        25

Days on market:            35

Technically, home prices were up 15% over last November, however there were two $1,000,000+ sales last month.  The higher dollar sales push the median price.  Let’s look at the year-to-date figures:

Jan-Nov 2017

Median list price:     $385,000

Median sales price:  $380,000

No. of homes sold:     269

Days on market:          19

Jan-Nov 2016

Median list price:     $350,000

Median sales price:  $350,000

No. of homes sold:       307

Days on market:           34

Year-to-date, home values in Brookside are up just over 8%.  Note that homes are selling faster, and sellers are getting very close to list price.  Currently there are 28 active listings in Brookside with a median price of $525,000.  Seventeen of the homes are priced over $500K.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Oct 2017

The Armour Hills subdivision in Brookside has been one of the hottest locations for home buyers this year–the rising prices reflect that demand.  Here are the October 2017 home sales stats for Armour Hills, with a comparison to last year:

October 2017

Median list price:       $329,250

Median sales price:    $327,250

No. of homes sold:       8

Days on market:          47

The lowest closed sales price was $235,000 and the highest was $446,500.  

October 2016

Median list price:       $289,475

Median sales price:    $294,499

No. of homes sold:        12

Days on market:            27

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:       $314,750

Median sales price:    $313,250

No. of homes sold:        84

Days on market:            9

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:        $275,000

Median sales price:     $274,500

No. of homes sold:        72

Days on market:            25

Note that this year, sellers are getting 99% of their asking price, and prices are up 19% over 2016.  Currently there are seven homes listed in Armour Hills, with a median price of $307,000.  Two of the homes are  over $500K– that’s rare high asking price for our neighborhood.  

(All information 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!

Brookside Holiday Season Opener on Thursday 11/9/17

Time to get inspired early for holiday gift giving!  Join your friends and neighbors for Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener this Thursday, Nov 9, 2017.

Many shops and restaurants will be open with special hours and deals…start ad Wornall and 63rd St and head east along 63rd.  There will be free hot coffee and hot chocolate; live holiday music sung by local school kids and extended hours for merchants through the weekend.

Also, remember Worlds Window is hosting it’s 8th annual fundraiser for Rose Brooks.  Bring your new or gently used coats/sweaters for women and kids to the shop prior to Nov 9–then you will receive a 20% coupon to use during the Holiday Season Opener.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside businesses!

New Small Business in Brookside: The Nut Cup

nut cup front

UPDATE 1/8/2018


Brookside and Waldo are popular places for small business owners…I think this is the third locally owned new business I’ve written about in the past several weeks.  Today I will introduce you to The Nut Cup, an antique and collectibles shop that opened last month at  7021 Oak, next to Eclectics.


nut cup trish


Owner Trish Skidmore has been in the antique and estate sale business for many years.  A friend  approached her about selling the contents of a small two bedroom home in Raytown.  The house was filled with vintage items (signs, toys, knick-knacks, quilts, furniture, etc) from years past.  It was a treasure trove of goodies that Trish wanted to display and sell to other folks who appreciate these classic items.  After looking at several  locations, she decided on the Brookside/Waldo area to rent space and opened The Nut Cup. 

There are a few very unique things (besides the merchandise) that  make this shop special.  First, children and pets are welcome!  Trish has a special section of the store called The Nutty Nook,  where kids can choose their own treasures and pick the sales price between $1-$5.  You will enjoy the fresh Waldo honey water she offers all of her visitors, it’s very tasty.    She also has a “wish wall”, with notes from customers who are looking for a particular item–if Trish has a match, she will get in touch.  There is a  large chalkboard with “Did You Know” facts posted every few days and don’t miss the bathrooms–one with a wall full of vinyl records and the other with old holiday decor (all items available for purchase).  If you like a riddle–examine her store front windows which always have a certain theme or phrase you have to guess, depending on what is displayed there.  And if you don’t find anything to purchase, Trish will give you one of her small batch homemade candles so you aren’t leaving empty-handed.nut cup inside

Trish loves to chat with those that stop by the store and wants people who come in to “make a memory” during the visit.  Her tagline for the store is actually Merchant of Memories. Hours for the store are Tuesday -Saturday 10am to 6pm; Thursday hours are noon-8pm.  Stop in and welcome Trish to Brookside–it is a real treat browsing through this store and visiting with her!