Scratch one kickass KC New Year’s Eve bash…
Kansas City’s largest New Year’s Eve Party is no more. That on the heels of an announcement by Crown Center that the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel and three of KC’s most esteemed upscale eateries – Peppercorn Duck Club, Skies and Benton’s – will take dirt naps at the end of November.
The word on the street being the hotel was canceling its popular New Year’s bash.
For years the gargantuan event drew thousands of upscale Kansas Citians to the Hyatt to dine, drink, dance and dart into hotel rooms before embarking on the new year. Last year’s bash was headlined by The Elders and featured live comedy and every brand of band and music imaginable, swallowing the hotel’s lobby, event spaces and 732 rooms at an entry price of $75 per person.
"There are no reservations being taken for that at the moment," a Hyatt operator said, before transferring me to someone named Christy for further clarification.
So is the hotel holding an NYE bash?
"Let me take a look and see if we are, one moment," she answered. "We actually are showing that we are not having New Year’s Eve party this year at the Hyatt."
How huge a loss is it?
"It was the New Year’s Eve party in Kansas City," says former Fairmont (Intercontinental) marketing main man Will Gregory. "It was basically the only big New Year’s event here. When you thought of New Year’s Eve in Kansas City, you thought of the Hyatt Regency."
So will the new anybody else pick it up?
Calls to Hyatt successor, the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, fell on deaf ears as in the telephone number listed on the hotel’s new Web page is not in service.
"It does leave a void for a lot of folks who, by default, went to the Hyatt," Gregory says.