Hearne: Vaunted Hyatt New Year’s Eve Bash Collapses Amid Uncertainty

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.

No mas…

"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.

Stay tuned…

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13 Responses to Hearne: Vaunted Hyatt New Year’s Eve Bash Collapses Amid Uncertainty

  1. xxMillerTimexx says:

    Wow, did you mean to use Hyatt and collapse in the same sentence?

  2. Hearne says:

    I’ll give you three guesses…
    and the first two don’t count

  3. Mark X says:

    … yeah, you got my attention …
    … Keepin’ it classy, uh Hearne?

  4. Hearne Christopher says:

    Just reporting the news

  5. tiad says:

    Give Jr. a Break….
    … he just feels this news is a crushing blow to those who have attended the Hyatt functions.

  6. Merle Tagladucci says:

    You insufferable cunt.

  7. Can't say says:

    Right again/?
    With KUDL being gone I assume the world’s largest office party is done also?

    So Heane….actually I’ll save this for your partner’s column. see if we can get him riled up. But appears I was right again huh??

  8. Rick says:

    Speaking of questions.
    Hearne what happened with Katie Horner leaving KCTV 5? And is it just me or do I see Len Dawson on KMBC now just as much as I did before he “retired”?

  9. harley says:

    hyatt news years eve party
    was once the best party ion town….the place to be….great bands…food…drinks…lots of upscale people..
    then the dress code came down…we used to get all dressed up…the girls would spend days getting ready for the
    party….everyone would be there….the top party in kc on new years eve.
    Then they let the entertainment dwindle….bobby the dj got cut….the bands went down….started atrracting a
    less upscale crowd….and the luster of the event came off….was there 2 years ago and people were wearing
    jeans…totally changed the tone of the event.
    too many other things to do on new years eve….all the bars…martini corner…other hotels…union station…
    and people got tight with money…
    another great event in this city that ended up going to the dogs…too bad…was once the party of the year….

  10. Hearne Christopher says:

    Horner is laying low. Didn’t return my or the Star’s calls for comment. So it would appear that she’s not entirely happy with being granted the time off to be with her family (post divorce).

    I’ll check on Dawson

  11. Hearne Christopher says:

    That’s my impression, too. But I remember writing a column about Peppercorn Duck Club finally relaxing it’s ties requirement. It’s a different world now.

    Your pal Glaze has been producing the event’s comedy entertainment the last few years and from what I gather they were still paying top dollar for talent. The Elders last year probably didn’t come cheap. And they reportedly still sold out the hotel for the event.

  12. dan says:

    New Years
    I always attended this event before switching to the Temple – i think run by CrazyKC. It was a phenomenal party last year. high-end, all you can drink, good crowd.

  13. Hearne Christopher says:

    That’s a good suggestion to pass along. And worthy of some followup here.

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