Brown & Loe, a new restaurant from Harry Murphy, planned for City Market
Harry Murphy, the veteran Kansas City bartender who opened his namesake Harry’s Country Club at 112 East Missouri Avenue in 2003, is planning a second food-and-drink business in the City Market neighborhood, using a historic name.
Today the City Market announced that Murphy and his daughter, Kate McGlaughlin, have signed a lease for the long-vacant first floor of 429 Walnut, which was occupied for many years by the Hien Vuong Asian Market. The two plan to retain the building’s original name — Brown & Loe — for the new restaurant. Brown & Loe was a food brokerage that operated in the two-story structure for much of the the first half of the 20th century.
Harry’s Country Club was designed to feel like a classic roadhouse or honky-tonk. The Murphy and McGlaughlin are planning for Brown & Loe to be a considerably fancier venue.
Today’s City Market press release describes the restaurant’s menu as “sophisticated American fare featuring a large selection of wines.” It adds: “Daily lunch and dinner service will be available as well as weekend brunch.”
The restaurant is tentatively set for a March 2016 opening.