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Sunrise: 7:37 a.m. | Sunset: 5:12 p.m.

🍔 So much food, so little time
District Fish and Pasta
Our mouths are already watering.  | Photo by @districtfishandpasta
Get your appetites ready, it’s time for Black Restaurant Week.

Kansas City’s 2024 Black Restaurant Week is Sunday, Sept. 10-Sunday, Sept. 24. This week is all about highlighting African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisines.

Here are 21 Black-owned Kansas City restaurants participating this year.

The Breakfast & Lunch Lover’s Restaurant, 6204 Raytown Trfy., Raytown, MO | Classic American breakfasts and lunches are served all day long.

The District Fish & Pasta House, 1664 E. 63rd St., KCMO | Enjoy basa fish, whiting fish, salmon, and shrimp paired with pastas.

Fannie’s West African Cuisine, 4105 Troost Ave., KCMO | This traditional West African restaurant boasts world famous jollof rice.

Gate’s BBQ, multiple locations | Enjoy this Kansas City barbecue staple with six locations, or find its sauce + seasonings in grocery stores.

Gigi's vegan and wellness cafe

Vegan food never looked so good.


Photo by Gigi’s Vegan and Wellness Cafe

Gigi’s Vegan and Wellness Cafe, 1103 Westport Rd., KCMO | Feel good inside and out when you consume its healthy food or have a session in the full-spectrum saunas.

KC Cajun, 3510 E. 27th St., KCMO | Want a taste of the Louisiana bayou? Here it is. This small biz also has a traveling food truck.

Ruby Jeans Juicery, multiple locations | Sip juices and enjoy healthier versions of soul food.

SugahRush Berries, 11149 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS | Stop in Oak Park Mall for sweet treats such as chocolate dipped strawberries, macaroons, and dipped Oreos.

The 6 Lounge, 6902 Prospect Ave., KCMO | Enjoy a Chiefs watch party while having a drink.

TopKnotch Vegan Vittles , 1201 E. Truman Rd., Independence, MO | Tantalize your taste buds with creative offerings such as a jackfruit taco or vegan chicken and waffles.

Vegan Crave Burgers and Bakery, 1599 Iron St., North Kansas City | Chow down on vegan burgers, then finish up with cupcakes.

Yogurtini, multiple locations | Build your own fro-yo and eat it on the go-go.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • Rolling Magic Skate Park Grand Opening | Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Lenexa Skate Park, W. 87th St. Pkwy. and Greenway Ln., Lenexa, KS | Free | Enjoy food trucks and giveaways at the celebration of the reconstruction of Lenexa’s skate park.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Chamber Coffee | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 8-9 a.m. | Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St., Leavenworth, KS | Network while sipping on a cup of hot coffee.
  • Country Western Two-Step & Line Dancing | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | Times vary | Social Cabaret, 9050 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS | $15 | Get your dancing boots on for this two-step and line dancing class.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Savor the Flavors | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 5:30-10 p.m. | City Market, 20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO | $150 | Join 20+ Kansas City restaurants and The Don Bosco Centers for a flavorful experience.
  • Chickenbone Slim & The Biscuits | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 8 p.m. | Knuckleheads Kansas City, 2715 Rochester St., Kansas City, MO | $12 | Listen to this sound that mixes blues with West coast swing, rockabilly and roots rock.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Fiesta Hispana | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Barney Allis Plaza, 1220 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO | Free | Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with 75+ fiesta booths and 50,000+ attendees.
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News Notes
  • Local researchers made a breakthrough in treatment for pancreatic cancer. KCU student Katiana Hebbert and Associate Professor Dr. Ehab Sarsour found re-purposing an already FDA-approved drug allows for a more effective treatment of the cancer. Additional research, funding and clinical trials are still needed — though their work is already receiving accolades. (KMBC)
  • It’s time to grip it and rip it. The Puttery opens Thursday, Sept. 14 on the County Club Plaza — at 612 W. 47th St. The mini golf bar offers nine themed holes, menu items such as lamb sliders + veggie pot stickers, and specialty drinks. Guests must be 21+. (Kansas City Star)
  • He’s back. The Kansas City Chiefs have officially agreed to a one-year deal with defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones is a four-time Pro Bowler and four-time AP All-Pro, entering his eighth year with the Red Kingdom.
Older Adults
  • Shawnee wants to help older adults get moving. Last week, the Shawnee Planning Commission approved plans to use a portion of the Hindu Temple and Culture Center of Kansas City (6330 Lackman Rd.) to provide recreational and social activities for people 60+. The proposal will be presented to City Council on Monday, Sept. 25. (Shawnee Mission Post)
  • The City of KCMO released the stats for its first year of the Right to Counsel program. Its first annual report revealed the program provided attorney representation to 1,196 Kansas Citians facing eviction and got 1,002 of those cases dismissed either in favor of the tenant or through settlements.
  • T-Mobile Center announced hip-hop and R&B artist Rod Wave will be live in concert on Monday, Oct. 23 with special guests Ari Lennox, Toosii, and Gherbo. The artist is most known for his No. 1 albums “Beautiful Mind” and “Soul Fly.” Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 14.
  • West Bottoms Plant Company is sprouting in the Crossroads for the month of October. For one month only, the local biz will occupy the space across from KC Wine Co. (1829 McGee St.), offering gallery showings, food + drink pop-ups, and, of course, plants.
Feel Good
  • Last week, during the Chief’s pregame, the NFL and Little Caesars surprised The Beehive with a $50,000 donation. Located at 750 The Paseo, KCMO, the nonprofit features a homeless shelter upstairs and a community kitchen downstairs called NourishKC. (CityScene KC)
Coming Soon
  • Floyd’s 99 Barbershop will be popping up around the KC metro soon. The Denver-based + brother-owned barbershop plans to add nine locations to Kansas City over the next three years. The full service shop offers cuts, colors, shaves, and waxing.
  • Did you know high ground-level ozone can lead to health problems? Know when ozone levels are on the rise by signing up for SkyCast. This free service provides the air quality conditions expected for the next day and issues an Ozone Alert when an unhealthy amount of ozone pollution is anticipated.*
  • Looking for the perfect group outing for teams, coworkers, families + more? Axe the stress of party planning, and take your crew to Blade & Timber Axe Throwing instead — you’ll enjoy delicious food, drinks, and axe-throwing fun. Book your private event for the holidays.*
🧱 The last brick road in KC... kinda
roanoke road
Marceline the Snuggle Queen and Grayce May had to pause to admire the red brick road. | Photo by KCtoday
Editor Charmaine here. I was strolling with my puppers when I came across a marker on Roanoke Boulevard, a red brick road.

I read the plaque and discovered this was Kansas City’s last remaining brick road — or so I thought.

Upon closer inspection, I found the sign actually states this is the last brick road “in the Kansas City Parks and Boulevard system.” In total, there are nine recognized brick roads remaining in KC.

Here’s a few facts about Roanoke Boulevard that makes it more special than the other eight:
  • Roanoke Boulevard was named a historical marker in 1978. It is the only KC brick road with this honor.
  • In 1978, the brick surface was restored with red brick pavers matching the original materials.
  • The road is apart of one of Kansas City’s oldest parks, Roanoke Park, which dates back to 1901.
What historical site’s story should we unravel next?
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I really loved writing this newsletter today. There were so many wonderful KC happenings to discuss.

My favorite news was the research breakthrough on pancreatic cancer. So many lives will be saved and that just warms my heart.
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