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Jill Wendholt Silva
50 Years Strong
January 2, 2004
Subtitle to article reads: "Jasper's Continues Tradition of Red Sauce and Sicilian Flavor." Article reviews Jasper's Restaurant located at 1201 W. 103rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
A Bit of History Passes
October 14, 2005
Photograph and caption reporting the demolition of the Italian Gardens Restaurant, which closed in 2003 after 78 years in business. The building was razed to make way for a parking garage.
A Chronicle of Freedom
February 19, 2012
In-depth interview of Emiel Cleaver, son of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and former KC mayor. His film, called "Freedom Is Now," is about "Kansas City's oldest and most powerful African-American political...
A Cut Above
File containing photos and a biographical article about James Anderson, 38-year-old winner of a Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City award as owner of his own James Place restaurant and adjacent...
A Downtown Landmark Shuts Doors
December 30, 2003
After almost 80 years serving downtown Kansas City, the Italian Gardens restaurant closed its doors. A family-owned restaurant for five generations, Italian Gardens served many of the city's prominent...
A Legend in the Dining Industry
April 24, 2007
The Gilbert/Robinson restaurant company hasn't existed since the mid-1990s, but a reunion of employees is to be held April 28, 2007, in Overland Park. The restaurants associated with Gilbert/Robinson in...
A Legend Returns
August 17, 2006
The Harvey House Diner is now open in Union Station. The restaurant is patterned after the original Harvey House restaurant and replaces the food courts that were there when the station reopened. The long...
A Little Red Book
Discusses ratings of local restaurants given by the 1997 Zagat Survey.
A New Heritage of Frustrations
November 24, 2013
Article summarizes the current state of the 18th & Vine Jazz District redevelopment plan and problems that have held back its progress. Emanuel Cleaver, Ollie Gates, Troy Schulte, and other interested...
A New Hombre in Town
May 18-24, 2006
Breif article describing the building at 528 Walnut, which became home to a Dos Hombres mexican restaurant in 2006. The author writes that over the building's 135 year life, it has been home to a number...
A New Stripe
July 26-August 1, 2007
Review of the Zebra Room restaurant at the Aladdin Hotel, 1215 Wyandotte. The original Zebra Room dates back to the 1920s and was a popular nightspot. The refurbished Aladdin Hotel reopened in May 2007...
A Place to Grab a Bite to Eat
February 25, 2006
Architectural rendering of a grill planned to be constructed on the main level of Union Station by Summer, 2006. The restaurant will feature food and furnishings in the tradition of the orginal Fred Harvey...
A Place with Soul
Review of Soulfish Seafood Grill.
A Savvy Savoy
September 12-18, 2002
Review of the Savoy Restaurant, one of the oldest in Kansas City. The author writes that the restaurant is 99 years old in 2002, with a carved oak bar "dating back to the McKinley administration".
A Steady Site for Chitchat and Food: Browne's Has Been at Same Location for 100 Years
September 22, 2001
Photo and article about the history of Browne's Market and Deli, operating at 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue since 1901 and owned continuously by the Browne family, Irish immigrants.
A Taste for History
May 3, 2005
History of several area restaurants including the Savoy Grill, The New York Bakery & Delicatessen, Dixon's Famous Chili in Independence, Accurso's Italian Restaurant & Catering, Arthur Bryant's Barbeque,...
A Trip to America and a Vietnamese Restaurant
June 15, 2011
Article tells the immigration story of restaurant owner Spike Nguyen. Born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Nguyen escaped his home country and made his way to America by way of a refugee boat. Several state and...
A Wider Culinary Threat
September 19, 2005
In Mike Hendricks "Commentary" column he discusses the effect of the planned widening of 85th Street in Kansas City on two restaurants, Stroud's and B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Q. Stroud's will be relocating...
Description of John Parks, "art instructor at the University of Kansas, who recently completed an elaborate decoration at Sidney's restaurant on Linwood boulevard." Description of his "mural depict[ing]...
Affordable Housing in Rhythm with Downtown
November 30-December 6, 2007
Article discusses need for affordable or "work force" housing in downtown Kansas City. The development of restaurants and entertainment businesses downtown requires more service workers whose wages generally...
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