After scarcely a year of operation, the powers that be in the Power & Light District have re-themed and fine-tuned the elegant space just off the entry of the AMC Mainstreet movie complex at 14th and Main in downtown Kansas City.
“They’ve given it its own identity now,” says spokesman Will Gregory of the redo. “You used to feel like you were part of the lobby of the movie theater, which it was. Now it’s getting its own entrance, its own awning and discounted valet parking. Parking’s been one of the biggest issues down there. Before it was the Marquee Bar & Grill, now it’s the Marquee Lounge.”
“It’s no longer open for lunch,” Gregory says. “And the dinner menu is now small plates versus burgers and the like.”
“We’re a downtown meeting place before and after the show or before or after dining downtown,” says Marquee operations manager Jim Watry. “The food’s terrific but it’s more about the cocktails and the atmosphere.”
With original 32 foot high ceilings, distressed brick walls, elegant concrete columns and snazzy terrazzo tile flooring, the Marquee harkens back to the days of the old Empire Theater and beyond.
Which brings us to the entertainment factor.
“The Marquee will be a place now for people who like live music and jazz,” Gregory says. “People who want to go out and have a good time but don’t necessarily want to go down to the Live Block. This is more for the wine and martini crowd versus the beer and shots.”
And this just in…
The Marquee has inked a deal to have its jazz acts booked by Jardine’s owner Beena Brandsgard’s new biz, Talent by Jardine’s.
Which should insure that Kansas City’s foremost jazz musicians will now be gigging downtown. As opposed to the mostly forgettable hotel lobby riffraff at other area venues.
The Marquee will be closed