The American welcomes a new chef and other local food news

One would not expect the prime real estate left by the closing of Celina Tio’s former Julian to be left long and indeed, Brookside Barrio, A Mexican Kitchen and Bar will open its doors soon. Owned by Chris Ridler, and operated by partner and executive chef Luke Pickett, Brookside Barrio will focus on Mexican-inspired fare in a casual dining environment. It will be the third Mexican concept for Ridler after Zócalo on the Plaza and Sol Cantina in Martini Corner.

The space has undergone a revolution with the addition of garage doors to bring the outside in, as well as an expanded patio area with a pergola. With a fresh coat of paint, the addition of a painted Mexican-tile bar wall, polished concrete floors, and exposed beams, the space promises to offer a sleek but comfortable place for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

The menu will focus on Mexican favorites such as fish tacos, tacos al pastor, and even an ode to Kansas City barbeque with a barbecue burnt end taco. “Gringo” options will also be available. For Pickett, a Brookside resident, Brookside Barrio offers an opportunity to welcome his neighbors in for a meal and a drink.

The American Welcomes a New Chef

After a year of change, The American welcomes a new captain to the award-winning ship. Andrew Longres, formerly the executive chef at Bluestem, took over as executive chef in December. He will lead the iconic venue’s longstanding tradition of culinary excellence in private dining and the recently launched The American Concept Series.

Chef Longres is a native to the greater Kansas City area. With prior experience as sous chef at The American from 2008 to 2011, he has also held positions at highly esteemed restaurants including The French Laundry in Napa Valley and the Kansas City area’s 40 Sardines and Starker’s Reserve.

Chef Longres is looking forward to creating unique dining experiences for corporate, social and philanthropic groups seeking The American tradition. In addition, he will be partnering with fellow chefs to offer one-of-a kind events throughout The American Concept Series’s 2018 schedule. The first American Concept Series dinner will occur on Feb. 10, with the Friends of James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner. For more information about special events, visit theamericankc.com.

Let’s Talk Turkey. . . and Chicken. . . and Goose. . .

After years of cooking high-level cuisine in esteemed hotels like The Raphael and The Fontaine, Chef Charles d’Ablaing is coming home to Brookside. His newest venture, Brookside Poultry Company, will be a comfortable, casual dining space that he imagines as a neighborhood hangout.

Chef d’Ablaing has had his eye on the space, located at 408 E. 63rd Street, for some time and when it became available, he and his wife, Silvia, jumped at the chance. After extensive renovations, chef is welcoming diners in for lunch and dinner, along with a small bar program focusing on canned beer, wine, and basic spirits.

The menu will focus on poultry—chicken, turkey, duck, and goose all sourced from sustainable farms—but will also include a few of the southern favorites that d’Ablaing has become known for, such as his fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits. The space will feature a large rotisserie for roasted selections. Chef d’Ablaing says that he’s excited to have a space to showcase the comfort foods that he’s fond of from his upbringing in Georgia, like his sour cream fried chicken.

Brookside Poultry Company will be open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Sunday and Monday will be reserved for private events. For more information, visit bkspoultryco.com.

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