The word on the street: that wildly successful Blanc Burger + Bottles in Westport may be poised to bid adieu to the midtown party zone…
Nothing official, mind you, but insiders are saying that for any number of imaginable and/or unimaginable reasons, Blanc – which recently added a second location in South Leawood at Mission Farms – is looking into a possible exit strategy from Westport.
*** There was the shooting death in Westport late last year of a 24 year-old Leawood woman.
*** The warm weather, wee hours throngs of urban youth that give pause to white bread partiers.
*** The ongoing exodus of retail businesses that have folded or migrated to hoods like Brookside.
*** Oh and three words that strike fear into the hearts of huddled, befuddled masses; crime, crime & crime
Then there are the rumors of Blanc being less than enamored with its tenant/landlord relationship.
The $64 million question: where might Blanc bolt?
One possibility: Uno Chicago Grill at 4710 Jefferson on the Country Club Plaza.
An architect’s rendering of the Plaza Uno’s “exterior elevation” shows Blanc’s logo back lit in orange. And it retains the building’s distinctive brick archways.
Will an actual deal go down? Stay tuned.