The minds behind The Monarch Bar are crossing state lines for their new Park Place concept, Verdigris (5245 116th Place). Named for both the river that runs through Kansas and the blue-green patina that forms on copper over time, the high-end cocktail bar will draw inspiration from elemental and chemical change, explains bar director Brock Schulte. “I have a chemistry background, so I’m really excited. It allows me to throw caution into the wind when it comes to all kinds of different chemical reactions that can live on the menu.” Although he won’t divulge any specifics about the drinks guests will find, (you’ll have to wait until Verdigris opens, tentatively scheduled for late March) expect them to exemplify the art—and science—that goes into a well-made cocktail.