You heard it right, Westport is on baby, back on big time…
Hey, I’ve even pissed on them the last few years. NO WAY, NO HOW. But now Nigro and company are winning big time. For the following reasons.
First of all the crime is way, way down. Westport security is doing an outstanding job. KC Police have helped but with the ending of hip-hop in Westport and nationwide, its crowds are growing again.
I was there last Saturday and went to almost every bar. Even the former Stanford’s – now the Gusto Lounge – had a nice crowd. All hipsters and tech music with a live DJ on the old patio, and a redone, almost WW ll looking decor inside. They stripped most of the woodwork off the walls and now it has that bombed out look. Hey, its working for the new guys. More than 100 all-white hipsters were rocking, drinking and who knows what else. It looked like Westport in 1985 – big comeback.
We left and went to the old Blayney’s now called THE UNION and again, there were big hipster crowds, ages 23-38. The downstairs was wall-to-wall people, same as Gusto. People wearing drab, gray outfits, techno music and kinda middle class and clean cut.
And Kelly’s, led by Kyle‘s daughter Colleen, was packed with the same kinda crowd. Westport had tons of energy and appeared quite safe. When America’s Pub goes at the first of the year it will be even busier.
The older crowd was at Harry’s, McCoy’s and the Beer Kitchen, even the once dead Harpo’s was busy!
The Trolley was full and yes it has helped with the comeback and is working. The Trolley brings 500-800 people down on a weekend and THAT MATTERS.
In the meantime the Power & Light District is starting to really fail.
Most bars and clubs have already either closed or are very slow except Saturday nights. There’s no real leader and people hate the parking and corporate bar style. It’s more of a special occasion area than an every night place.
And since hardly anybody lives down there, t just can’t sustain the large crowds needed for success.
Westport and The Plaza still have better parking and are safer now.
The Plaza has three new hot spots as well, so they too are on the move up with nightlife.
Once Westport gets maybe two more good tenants to match the growing hipster movement, a little more cleaned up and dumps the Pub, it’s game on!
Westport will take the No. 1 spot back within two years easily.
Really, I’m shocked. You have to hand it to Nigro, the Kelly’s and James Westphal (McCoys). They stayed the course and now are about to win. It’s nice to have a positive story on KC for once. It sure was a great feeling down there two Saturdays ago. I believe all that hard work is going to pay off.
IT’S ON. Go check it out.