Hearne: Leawood’s Trezo Vino Down for the Count Under Bluestem Management

So much for the streets of Leawood being paved with gold…

Sources say, the ghost town known as the Trezo Vino closed quietly Saturday after business.

It’s no secret that the upscale Italian and Mediterranean eatery located in Leawood’s swishy Park Place near Leawood Town Center struggled from the get go.

Vaunted bluestem owners Colby and Megan Garrelts rode to the rescue last summer, but that wasn’t enough to save the troubled eatery.

Had Trezo Vino changed it’s name to better get the word out that two of KC’s top chefs were running the show, that might have helped.

However sans a name change and a cuisine one foodie described as "dumbed down bluestem" and a "morgue" vibe, the die was pretty much cast.

Colby Garrelts confirmed the closing but declined further comment other than to hint that there was more to the story that soon would come out.

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12 Responses to Hearne: Leawood’s Trezo Vino Down for the Count Under Bluestem Management

  1. balbonis moleskine, drinkin vernaccia di san gimignano out of a double gulp says:

    I will submit a scathing Yelp review of CiCis pizza
    I know we all love bluestem for bringing Continental cuisine to the flyover states but I think the main problem with KC italian restaurants is authenticity.

    I don’t want a “Colby” or a “Megan” making my Bisteca Fiorentina or my Minestre al Pasta e Fagioli. I am going to need a rotund, dark eyed, olive skinned chef who yells a lot. And those Jamon Rusticas hanging from the ceiling please.

    I guess Garozzo’s is alright with the ambiance of the original, but Chicken Spiedini isn’t even a real Italian dish.

    Steve Bono would say we have very pedestrian italian fare.

  2. Hearne says:

    Having dated a girl in Torino…
    I can tell you that Northern Italian cuisine is apart from pretty much anything and everything that passes for Italian in these parts.

  3. Smartman says:

    If At First You Don’t Succeed, Tax Write Off
    Props to them for trying. Even in the best of times the restaurant business is harder than tracking genetic code on an abacus. It takes balls to do what they did. You learn more from your failures in life than your successes. Colby and Megan don’t seem like the type to tuck tail. I’m sure they’ll take another shot sometime down the road.

  4. tiad says:

    tiad says:
    Here’s the inside scoop that Jr. won’t report: Colby and Megan are buying Jardine’s and turning it into a Fiat repair shop that serves authentic Mexican cuisine while you wait for your car.

  5. Hearne says:

    Colby is hinting that they may be another reason…
    But that doesn’t mitigate that Trezo Vino appears to have been struggling. The diner who described the cuisine as “bluestem light” is a bluestem aficionado. It would have made more sense if they’d changed the name last summer to better signal the change

  6. paulwilsonkc says:

    Hearne, nice job of leaving the meat out of the story!!
    No mention at ALL of how distracted Colby and Megan became in their quest to purchase Jardines. Thats really what caused this downfall. See, you always do this, you leave us with half the story and no punch line that circles back around, wraps it all up nice and neat and makes sense of the what, where and why of REAL situation. All we know from this is… theres a CLOSED sign out front. I like to dig deeper and get the Enquirer story.

  7. Vic Cassidy says:

    Do You Research Before Flapping Your Gums!!
    I can’t believe that you would post something like this, being so I’ll informed. Before you slander people names and livlihoods you should probably at least attempt to do some research. Insert foot in mouth Hearne. As any business owner knows, much less successful restaurateurs, a failing business can’t be revived in a few months. To think that the Bluestem group went in with that intention is asinine. Shame on you.

  8. mark smith says:

    having once dated a woman who drove a torino
    I never ate at blue stem. I did know a woman who blew a stem or two in her day, but I don’t think she was an eye tie.

  9. paulwilsonkc says:

    Mother of god… now I feel like I have to apologize…

  10. Hearne says:

    OK, OK, children
    Stay tuned for a few and I’ll give you “the rest of the story”

  11. newbaum turk says:

    C’mon it’s Leawood. Put a Olive Garden or an Applebee’s there and it will be packed every night. Cookie-cutter suburbs love cookie-cutter chains.

  12. Snappietom says:

    Trezo Mare
    Good bye to Trezo Vino. Former sister Trezo Mare is doing exceeding well up north. Thank you Charles Garney $$$

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