Last night’s soft opening/preview at Blanc Burgers + Bottles was a great opportunity to garner a few details about the place that have yet to be reported.
While my usual hang out is the takeout line in local Chinese places I have to admit day dreaming about the place after I left. If I had any cash to spare this Plaza location seems like the perfect place to pick up chicks while maybe grabbing some gourmet burgers. In my daydreams I also don’t make ultimatums to ladies I’m interested in within the first few moments of conversation. But I digress.
Kansas City PR dude extraordinaire Will Gregory was at the event last night and he introduced me to Ernesto Peralta who has enjoyed a meteoric Kansas City success story that’s noteworthy.
No more than 6 years ago Peralta was a bartender at The Capital Grille and now he’s a member of a member of an elite class of restaurateurs making waves in a class of Kansas City’s trendiest restaurants.
There has been a lot of talk about the Blanc Burgers + Bottles move from Westport but Peralta provides a laid back perspective on the relocation that cuts off much of the speculation.
“We basically outgrew the Westport location,” Peralta said. “Our business has expanded and we simply needed more space. This new location gives us the room we need.”
Peralta is quick to point out that the distance between the old Westport spot and new Plaza digs is less than a half a mile and basically they’re serving the same clientele.
Personally, I like the new Plaza place because the parking is better but I’m practical like that.
In the final analysis the upscale burger joint seems to fit better on The Plaza and might provide a more appropriate setting for random hookups for those folks lucky enough to have the means to hang out at the posh new place.