A brief Twitter exchange with Kansas City’s preeminent Russian blogger earlier today got me thinking about restaurants that expand or move to bigger and better locations. Meesha mentioned 39th street’s Rock-N-Moroccan Delicatessen, a take out shop which after less than a month in business, is planning on opening a full service location two doors down.
Perfectly good restaurants close in Kansas City every month, even on 39th street. Either the owner of Rock-N-Moroccan is a savvy business owner striking while the iron is hot, or he is dangerously overextending his operation.
This is why the restaurant business is so hard. You can be successful, make some money, invest in a new property and people will immediately start complaining that it’s not like the old property.
Of course, sometimes the new location sucks. Anyone who was a fan of the ambiance at the old Accurso’s probably doesn’t find too much comfort in the new surroundings which differ considerably. Likewise people talk about the old Stroud’s near 85th and Troost like it was a national treasure. Danny Edwards had one of the coolest little barbecue shacks around and opened a pretty modern, large restaurant in a completely different neighborhood.
Moving locations does not seem to have affected the aforementioned businesses too negatively. It might have something to do with the fact that they might have had little choice but to move.
Places like Succotash and Blanc seem to have calculated their relocations in an effort to get better spaces in more desirable neighborhoods. I like the new locations for these places just fine, but I’m personally a little disappointed that they moved. From a professional standpoint? I totally get it.