September restaurant openings and closings in the metro

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If a theme emerges among September’s restaurant openings and closings, it is deja vu.

Take, for example, the return of Papa Keno’s Pizzeria to Westport. Co-owner David Hawley and managing partner Tyler Parker revived the popular pizzeria inside its original site at 415 Westport Road after a seven-year sabbatical. In the years between the 2008 closing and last month’s reopening, the space was occupied by the Art of Pizza and the Boot.

Another restaurant phoenix rising from literal ashes was the three-year-old Michael Forbes Grille at 
128 West 63rd Street in Brookside. An electrical fire on April 22 shut down the neighborhood bar and grill for five months before it reopened on September 28.

Another much anticipated opening was Craig Howard’s combination market and lunch venue, Howard’s Grocery, Cafe & Catering, at 1708 Oak.

And a self-serve beer bar is a highlight of another new Crossroads restaurant opening in September — young restaurateur Scott Kalwei’s the Ruins at 1715 Main (in the old Bulldog location).

September’s most notable closing was Alex Pope’s full-service Local Pig restaurant, at 510 Westport Road.

A downtown Overland Park mainstay for five years, the Great Day Cafe will actually close to the public this Saturday, but owner Sandy Tugman broke the news of the closing to The Pitch earlier this month.

Hobo’s Grill & Bar at 1036 North Agnes served a deliciously tender and crispy pork tenderloin, but after an 18-month run, packed it up this week.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink