Foodie alert! King G, a buzzy new bar and deli concept, is slated to open in the East Crossroads this July. Located on the northeast corner of 18th & Locust streets, King G offers two sister concepts with a shared kitchen space.
The bar side will offer craft beers, natural wines, unpretentious cocktails, snacks, and charcuterie from chef Howard Hanna in an upbeat atmosphere. Just east of the bar, King G Deli will offer a carefully curated menu of sandwiches, salads, and sides, using meats sourced from local butcher shops, produce from local farms, and bread from Blackhole Bakery. A few highlights on the deli menu include a Muffuletta sandwich, a classic pastrami on rye, a Japanese-style egg-salad sandwich, and a selection of deli-style salads and sides.
“Obviously there are a lot of great sandwiches in town, but we’re able to do menu items that will work for a deli if you want to stop by and grab a sandwich and a bag of chips, but also work if you want to come to the cool new bar and want a cheese board and snacks to share,” says Hanna. “It’s going to be great quality, even though it’s a very simple restaurant operation with limited kitchen space.”
The building will offer a large horseshoe-style bar with two glass garage doors and floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing for views of the Kansas City skyline. The downstairs pit bar, meanwhile, will accommodate 25-35 people, with a balcony overlooking the space. The deli will offer seating for around 25 patrons.
Two fun things to note: The “G” in King G is a nod to King Gambrinus, a folklore icon of beer, brewing, and joy. The new eatery will also highlight street art showcased throughout the East Crossroads.