Can I Have a Bite is now open in south Kansas City

If you haven’t already checked out Kathy Hale’s Facebook page for her new carryout restaurant business, Can I Have a Bite, here’s what she’s offering today in her just-opened shop at 8011 Wornall (she shares a space with a new coffeehouse, Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee): chicken enchiladas (made with free-range, organic chicken), vegan lasagna, a vegetable frittata, Persian lime green beans, and pizza. And two soups: gazpacho and curry bisque.

Two months ago, caterer — and former Pitch restaurant reviewer back in the 1990s — Hale was trying to turn the long, narrow space in the historic brick building (it operated as a raucous nightclub called Mary’s back in the 1940s when this stretch of Wornall was right outside the city limits) into Can I Have a Bite, a grab-and-go shop featuring vegetarian and organic prepared meals. The store had, says Hale, a soft opening on Saturday and officially opens for business today, The hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Hale is also supplying some food items for Red-Headed Philosopher.
Hale’s food items are also available at several Natural Grocer locations and the Nature’s Own store at 43rd Street and Main.

The refrigerated deli case hasn’t arrived yet, but Hale has posted a large menu board in her mango-and-pistachio-painted space listing the day’s specials. The inventory is stored in coolers in the kitchen.

Although most of the meals, side dishes and desserts that Hale prepares are vegan or vegetarian, there’s always some kind of meat or poultry dish.  “I make what I call real food,” Hale says. “It’s completely organic but with no dietary restrictions. It’s the kind of food that I eat.”

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink