Now Open: Caliente Grille
After 15 years of working in restaurants all over the country, Caliente Grille’s co-owner Patrice Seeger was more than ready to open her own place.
Thus Caliente Grille was born in the 39th Street space formerly occupied by Pangea Cafe. This past Friday was its soft opening; it’s now open for business Monday through Saturday.
Seeger has worked in many types of restaurants, including Mexican ones such as Los Corrals, Tortilla Flats and Dos Hombres, gaining experience she will use as a hands-on owner. After deciding she wanted to open a restaurant, she looked all over Kansas City — especially the Northland where she lives — but knew this space was right upon first seeing it. “We fell in love with it. It felt right. You know when you just see a place and realize, ‘this is it,’ it was like that.”
Seeger says she wants to be a neighborhood-style Mexican place and the menu reflects that.