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53º | 4% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 7:09 a.m. | Sunset 7:37 p.m.

🍸 We’re outdoorsy-types, technically
A blue string-lit patio with cushioned booths, flowers, and a view of a fountain on the Plaza.
Drinks, views, and outdoor dining — the perfect trio at Cafe Trio. | Photo by @cafetriokc
We asked readers for their favorite rooftop + patio dining spots in the city. Now that the sun is shining again, here are your top picks — plus a few of our own.

Café Trio | 4558 Main St., KCMO | They call this a patio. Cafe Trio’s lushly decorated outdoor space offers stunning views of the Plaza with an indoor-outdoor vibe.

The Classic Cup | 301 W. 47th St., KCMO | Snag a table on the sidewalk and a sunny morning — perfect for al fresco brunch and people watching.

Harry’s Country Club | 112 E. Missouri Ave., KCMO | This enclosed patio by the River Market pairs perfectly with a warm night and a pitcher of beer.

Teocali | 2512 Holmes St., KCMO | Sip margaritas + dine on three levels with sunset views on Hospital Hill.

Vivilore | 10815 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO | Lush ivy, weeping willows, and planters in between the tables — this isn’t Eden, it’s Independence.

Tall Trellis Brew Co. | 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, KS | Out on the edge of the metro, this brewpub’s patio subs urban bustle for wide open space.

City Market Coffee | 305 Main St., KCMO | Pro tip: Located right by City Market Park, sit here long enough and you’ll spot some of KC’s cutest pups.

Donutology at the Trolley | 426 Delaware St., KCMO | Don’t knock donuts on the patio, especially right off the streetcar line — making this the perfect scenic spot to take visitors.

Messenger Coffee Co. | 1624 Grand Blvd., KCMO | The Crossroads rooftop combines two of our favorite things: city views and the smell of fresh-baked pastries.

Mother Earth Coffee | 3504 Gilham Rd., KCMO | With strong coffee, great food, and plenty of greenery, Mother Earth is the complete package.
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Thursday, March 28
  • Range 23 Taproom | Thursday, March 28 | 5-9 p.m. | 200 Oak St., Bonner Springs, KS | Price of purchase | Get your first taste of Range 23’s craft beers + sodas at its inaugural Happy Hour.
  • The 2024 InnovateHER Awards | Thursday, March 28 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Keystone Collab, 800 E. 18th St., KCMO | $60-$525 | Celebrate “women+" individuals igniting positive change in the KC community.
Friday, March 29
  • Built in Clay | Friday, March 29 | 1:30 p.m. | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., KCMO | $378 | Explore various hand-building techniques in clay at this six-week class.
  • Whiskey Dynamite | Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30 | 8:30 p.m. | The Grand Theater, 2450 Grand Blvd., Ste. 301, KCMO | $60-$ | Ride into the town of Whiskey Dynamite for a sexy show of spectacular acrobatics, state-of-the-art visuals, and live music.
Saturday, March 30
  • KC Pickleball Series Tournament | Saturday, March 30 | 9 a.m. | EPIC Center KC, 19310 E. 50th Ter., Independence, MO | $70 | Put your paddling powers to the test with this doubles tourney.
  • Spring Fest | Saturday, March 30 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Zona Rosa, 8640 N. Dixson Ave., KCMO | Free | Donate a box of Pop-Tarts and score access to this sweet event featuring food trucks, pop-ups + free Easter bunny pics.
  • Emo Prom | Saturday, March 30-Sunday, March 31 | 9 p.m. | 1735 Oak St., KCMO | $10 | Break out your Chucks and rock it out at this emo-inspired evening of dancing, drinks + craft vendors.
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News Notes
Today is
  • Opening Day at the K. The Royals start their season in a home series against the Minnesota Twins, kicking off at 3:10 p.m. Preceding the game will be a Bobby Witt Jr. bobblehead giveaway, a concert by local band Lost Wax — and Andy Reid will throw the first pitch. Tickets start at $20.
  • A $40,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign may be used to add an outdoor bodyweight fitness court in Shawnee Mission’s Garrett Park. The remaining $120,000 needed to complete the project would be budgeted from the park’s ongoing $3.8 million improvements. (Johnson County Post)
Coming Soon
  • The owner of El Mercado Fresco plans to open two new stores: an El Mercado Fresco location in Olathe, and a World Fresh Market in Overland Park. The latter concept will sell international groceries — including a large produce section and Halal meat section — starting in May. (Johnson County Post)
Kansas Citian
  • Shawnee Mission West high schooler Elizabeth Barnes will be recognized at the National STEM Challenge in Washington, DC for her research into microplastics. Her work has received awards from local organizations and the EPA. (KSHB)
  • The KCMO City Council approved $3 million in improvements for the 9th + Van Brunt soccer fields... talk about scoring big time. Upgrades include new turf, field lighting, locker rooms, and a press box. (Northeast News)
  • Scooter company Bird flew the coop last August, but now a new vendor is entering the limelight. The Overland Park City Council is reviewing a pilot agreement with Lime Micromobility this week, potentially bringing up to 400 e-bikes and e-scooters to the city through 2025. (Johnson County Post)
  • After beating thyroid cancer, 17-year-old Olathe local Aly Arenholz is helping kids kick medical trauma with new shoes. “Kick Cancer Like a Girlboss” has raised $50,000 for children’s medical treatment, as well as giving away 458 pairs of Converse custom-designed by each recipient. (IN Kansas City)
  • Therapy isn’t a luxury — it’s an essential tool for navigating life’s complexities. Invest in your wellbeing with 25% off your first month of BetterHelp.*
🍝 Just like grandma used to make
A restaurant tabled covered with bottles and glasses of wine, and seven plates containing Italian entrees. Dishes include pasta, cooked meats, and chicken parm.
On the bright side, if you miss this special occasion, you’ll still have the rest of the menu to look forward to. | Photo via Beans-Talk Media
For one night only, KC staple Jasper’s Restaurant will celebrate its 70th anniversary by bringing back old favorites.

The Italian eatery opened as “Jasper’s Ristorante” in Waldo in 1954 before moving to its current location at 1201 W. 103rd St., and it’s spent most of the last century slinging pizza, pasta, and deli sandwiches — as well as tableside “Mozzarella Theatre.”

To mark the occasion on Monday, April 1, Jasper’s is rolling out a special 1954 menu: four courses including Lobster Bisque en Cappuccino, Chocolate Tartuffo, and the restaurant’s famous Capelli D’Angelo alla Nanni.

Make a reservation — it’s $70 a person. The event is expected to sell out quick, but Jasper’s will be hosting other special anniversary events all month long.
The Buy
Jenni Earle Bandanas. Try a new trend this spring with these bandanas – perfect to tie around your neck, hair, or handbag.
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From the editor
Canny readers will remember I asked about rooftops, patios, and picnic spots. We didn’t get many of those, but reader Diane H. gave us one suggestion: Lexington Lake Park in DeSoto. It’s a little far, but if you’re not driving out of the city to catch a prairie sunset, can you really call it a picnic?
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