Who better to ride to the rescue of a beleaguered P&L Irish pub than the dudes in the green hats at O’Dowd’s?
That’s the rumor, anyway. Based in no small part on the fact that the Power & Light District is suing upscale pub and restaurant Raglan Road for more than $600,000 in back rent.
The $64 million question: should O’Dowd’s takes the plunge, will it become the third area O’Dowd’s, joining the ones on the Plaza and at Zona Rosa?
A manager at the Plaza O’Dowd’s confirmed that its parent company was looking at expanding, but added, "I don’t know about that location. But I think KC Hopps is looking to go into the Power & Light District."
As an O’Dowd’s?
"It might be just a little different concept," he added. "I don’t know if it would work to have an O’Dowd’s on the Plaza and downtown."
Raglan Road having spent several million dollars fixing up the joint three years back, it’s doubtful O’Dowd’s would stray far from its Irish roots. Especially as it would have the benefit of moving into those pricey digs at little-to-no out-of-pocket.
All that said, there’s a reason so many businesses have crashed and burned in the three short years since the P&L opened. So a reasonable rent deal would appear vital to luring KC Hopps.
Let’s hope for the sake of the Kansas City taxpayers on the line for the P&L thata deal can be reached.