Bistro 303 Owners Introduce New Concept Next Door at The Peacock

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In the once empty space of 301 Westport Road, The Peacock is now offering Kansas City foodies a menu of upscale and diverse cuisines, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. The new concept by Jeffrey Schmitz and Gene Switzer, who also own Bistro 303 next door, is opening November 26. 

While Bistro 303 offers a French bistro-inspired menu, a variety of cultures are represented in The Peacock’s offerings, including Thai, African, and Middle Eastern influences. (A sample of the menu is included in the photo gallery above.)

The new eatery occupies an intimate 800-square-foot, playfully sophisticated space that seats approximately 48 people.

“We knew we wanted to do something with the space next door, and we had a lot of time during the pandemic to visualize and map out a concept,” says Schmitz. “We wanted a place for people to gather that felt quaint, inviting, inclusive, and focused on the cuisine, and that’s exactly what The Peacock is.” 

Schmitz and Switzer partnered with Kansas City-based chef Brian Mehl to create The Peacock’s menu. Mehl previously opened Plate in Brookside and The Pressed Penny Tavern in Westport. He also worked at The Classic Cup Cafe on the Country Club Plaza for 18 years.

The Peacock’s operating hours will be Tuesday to Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 4-11 p.m. Happy hour will be offered Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and will feature $7 small plates.

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