But over in midtown,many of Westport’s bar and restaurant owners weren’t so happy.
They said it would draw customers away and dilute their revenues,and it did. That,combined with the faltering economy and increasing reports of crime,had the Westport area struggling to remain vibrant,according to a KC Star article.
But Westport,which first prospered in the mid-1800s as the “eastern portal of the western trails,” is undergoing a renaissance.
A dozen locally owned restaurants and bars — some that had their pick of locations all over town — have opened in the last few months or are planning to join the lineup. Westport hasn’t seen so many new tenants in such a short span for nearly two decades.
These more gentrified establishments are focusing on chef-driven menus and craft cocktails and beers. One stylish venue specializes in champagne,another whiskey cocktails. Another new operation has a certified cicerone to oversee beer and food pairings.