For starters, how many joints can lay claim to operating in a building 160 years old? Kelly’s can. And for decades the third generation family has ushered it through time appealing to a diverse crowd of youngsters, oldersters, hipsters – you name it – they have it.
That said, the Power & Light District opening two years back took a toll on the bar’s core party demographic, the ever-thirsty, 20-something, training wheels drinkers who like to flee the burbs and party like banshees on weekend nights.
Add to that, the most sour economy in recent memory, Kansas City’s smoking ban, DUI checkpoints galore and a general trailing off of the nightlife action in Westport.
Enter Kelly’s coming soon, new outdoor deck…
Fingers are tightly crossed that the 1,125 square foot Randal’s Roost – named for Kelly’s founder – will restore the bar’s lost luster in time for the spring and summer nightlife season.
“It’s almost done,” says Westport businessman Bill Nigro. “The steps are in and they are going to be open by St. Patrick’s Day.”
One wildcard: while Kelly’s reportedly half-million dollar east-facing deck will doubtless be a magnet for smokers, will it bring back the jokers?
Its less than glam view of Westport may or may not do the trick.
Too bad they somehow were unable to position the deck facing south, looking out over the Bourbon Street of Kansas City, Westport Road.