Hearne: Looks Like the Jardine’s Party is O-V-E-R


Never say never, right?

Well, almost never. But what’s left of the ship of state that was once Kansas City’s finest jazz club – Jardine’s – appears poised to tumble off a cliff from which there will likely be no return.

Sources say the club’s last and most-prized assets – it’s 3 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. liquor licenses – are poised to expire between now and July. And should they expire, liquor industry insiders say, it will be nare but impossible to replace Jardine’s all-important, 3 a.m. liquor license.

"I think one (license) expires at the end of June and one in July," says former Jardine’s co-owner and manager Pat Hanrahan. "I don’t remember which is which."

As for the prospect of someone buying the club and maybe – just maybe – reopening it as a jazz joint, "I talked to Beena a couple times earlier this week and there’s a couple of people who

have looked at the space recently," Hanrahan says. "And I know one guy is still interested, (he’s) from out of town. I think they still have a few weeks to go on the liquor license. And I know American Century has shown it to five or six different people."

Including, Hanrahan says, a chef/restaurateur and some nightclub/bar wannabes who had been trying until recently to open in or near the Power & Light District.

Speaking of which…

Whatever became of the gay dudes who convinced the Pitch they had bought Jardine’s and were poised to reopen the club this past January?

"I don’t know what the hell happened to them, I have no idea," Hanrahan says. "Every time I talked to them they said they were moving forward."

Attempts to contact one of said gents – Robert McCain – by text in mid-late April garnered no response. Another text in late May was answered by McCain with a, "Who is this?" but no further comment after I identified myself.

McCain’s last words to KCC were in late March when he texted that he had a call in to American Century.

"Funny how things all changed today after we did all the due dilligence," he texted then.

Which brings us to embattled Jardine’s owner Beena Raja who has been uncharacteristically silent in recent weeks as the grains of sand continue run out of Jardine’s hourglass.

Raja did not return calls, email or text requests for comment for this column.

Then there was the notice landlord American Century Realty affixed to Jardine’s front door last month.

"Notice To Tenant To Remove Personal Property," it reads."Subject to court order you have been evicted from the premises at 4536 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri."

Meanwhile, back at former Jardine’s owner and founder Greg Halstead‘s  retirement ranch…

"That’s all come and gone," Halstead says of the eviction notice. "American Century just took all the proper steps. I’ve pretty much written everything off. It’s out of my hands."

For well over a decade Halstead had a good run, including for many years after he sold the club to Raja.

"You know, she paid me for 10, 9 years – something like that – plus she gave me a pretty healthy downpayment," Halstead muses. "But I always say, what goes around comes around and she’ll get hers. I’m just waiting to hear from American Century’s lawyer to see what I can and can’t have. But they have a claim against (the club) too because they’re owed rent."

The bottom line; as tiresome as this months-long mess continues to be; there still appears to be a slim chance Jardine’s could be saved. A very slim chance.

But isn’t that what Hail Mary passes are all about?

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27 Responses to Hearne: Looks Like the Jardine’s Party is O-V-E-R

  1. smartman says:

    Devil in the Details
    Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are more likely to be involved in any Divine Intervention than the Blessed Virgin Mary. And, with your recent marriage I’m sure you are the last person she wants to talk to. The one that got away…..again. Poor Beena. Just recall the wisdom of Oscar Wilde. Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. And the classic, one should always be happy, which is why one should never marry.

  2. harley says:

    sad but a part of the landscape
    i don’t know if anyone’s actually missed jardines being closed. I’m not into jazz or that type of
    venue but the phoenix has gone thru tough times in the past.
    Hopefully someone can make it go and bring it back. we were on the plaza friday night and it
    was hopping with people and business. Kona was going strong and so was the corner bar
    thaat used to be parkway.
    Nice to sdee. First time we have been on the plaza in a long time. It still is the premiere spot
    in kc.
    Maybe jardines can come back as it was before and the jazz crowds can come out again.
    I know some of the top jazz musicians in kc and for th4e most part they’ve struggled to get
    work over the years . Not in touch with them recently but live music in kc just keeps getting
    worse and goes downhill.
    For my fans/disciples and followers…i didn’t make it to x factor auditions…too many drinks
    on friday but that was okay since simon wasn’t there anyway.
    Hope things work out for the best.
    why didn’t wilson g3et this deal. It looked like he was the top candidate and had the
    financial backing to get it done.

  3. mike says:

    I feel bad for Greg, Pat, and all the employees, musicians, and patrons that really loved this place. It is ashamed to have Jardines vanish like white powder going up a straw.

  4. harley says:

    I own this site
    hearne/glaze/wilson/smartman and i are 90% of this site. So balboni get some sleep. Being on here at 1am on
    a sunday is really weird. shows you don’t have much of a life….take czre.
    Yes…jardines dying is a bad situation. There might be negotiations as we speak going on to make
    stay open. who’s running the deal because if it loses those licenses its worthless to a buyer.
    Maybe a white knight is waiting til the last minute on this one.
    Or the lady has so much hate that she doesn’t care. Whatever the case hopefully jazz can still breathe
    life again.
    Would have been neat to let all the out of town visitors see the place during all star game.
    Hey glaze or wilson…you can walk in and buy this thing for almost nothing…and I guess those licenses are
    worth their weight in gold.

  5. harley says:

    oh shit forgot..
    chuck…the dude…and super dave. Without us this site is nothing.
    And i just checked google analytics for hearne and my comments are getting more views
    than other comments…
    balboni…get some sleep…it’s making you mean and that’s not like you…
    And you need to read…i ws on the plaza FRIDAY NIGHT…Haviung many
    drinks with my followers/and fans.

  6. bubba says:

    harley your
    a dweeb slurper!

  7. balbonis moleskine says:

    Let’s all give a hand to our boy harley, the number 5 most popular commenter on the second most popular blog about the second biggest city in Missouri! Without him the site would be nothing! And nobody gives a shit on what your ‘take’ on Jardine’s is.
    You really are nuts.

    It’s about lunchtime you should probably post 12 column inches on the hotspots for monday lunch in KC, people are curious.

  8. paulwilsonkc says:

    It’s sad for all concerned….
    …but I’ll give you the real insight.

    In the words of a close friend who I had a discussion with 6 weeks back when this ember fanned again, briefly, she asked,

  9. the dude says:

    Put the proverbial fork in
    this turkey, it is way past done. Tell the fat lady to turn off the lights when they clean the joint out.

  10. paulwilsonkc says:

    Dude, I agree, more so than most
    It made for a long 5 months.

  11. Beano says:

    You couldn’t make it happen

    just a discount man

    phone salesman

    small brain

    wannabe cigar efisienaddo

    all talk


    no action

    not serious about buying it

    o well


    noone else will ever replace me

    therefore lets rock

  12. paulwilsonkc says:

    I love me some BEANO!!
    You do such a good job its almost lke you’re HER! It’s hard to satire “crazy”.

    The couple of people who do so on here ARE crazy, its NOT satire but they dont know the difference!! One of them is on the online Websters site right now mumling “..satire…. satire.. whats that MEAN??”

    Thanks, Beano…. and as you say, lets rock! You ARE the queen.

  13. Beano says:

    you finally say something smart

    yes I AM THE QUEEN

    even small brain knows that

    my elephant ganesh knew that

    did you have an elephant

    i did

    see if you can own an elephant

    i did



  14. harley says:

    prime location
    i assume its walking distance from the plaza….but the word seems to be that it was
    run pretty badly. If a good operator came in and took it over and had all the equi[ment onsite
    it would probably make a pretty good investment but would need capital to get back on its feet.
    If its break even its a good venture for someone who needs some writeoff and wants the “stature” of
    owning a bar.
    Too bad…but the licenses according to people on here are worth quite a bit off money so hopefully someone
    will buy those up and get the thing rolling again.

  15. tiger woo says:

    now that Jardine’s is as dead as a doornail maybe you can get around to getting me those hookers and that fine china you like to sniff. You need money (obviously) and I need hookers and they need blow, so get on this you stupid dingbat.

  16. harley says:

    balboni moleskin…people disagree with you
    pretty simple since I grew up in that industry and know a few things about it. However I’m no expert on
    jazz and never cared for it. but being that you’re so smart why the hell are you up at 1am on sunday night
    posting on kcc? And you comment about me on that comment…is this all you have to do?
    Seriously…come on dude…get real….you and others read my comments. Sometimes right…sometimes
    wrrong…but i’m the wheel on this site.
    and if you check it for factual accuracy its probably pretty much right on.
    Take care and balboni moleskin geet some sleep. It maing you a cranky old man with an angry

  17. balbonis moleskine says:

    great take on Jardines, you really opened it up with some new information that the jazz supper club owned by a cokehead was not run well.

    I think it is adorable that he thinks 1am is super late.

    Tell us how the 5 dollar footlong was today, Harley. Your disciples are probably pretty eager to know. ha.

    As far as being a cranky old man, you got 2 out of 3.

  18. harley says:

    no need to attack balboni…
    if you got an opinion use some stats to back it up. 1 am to be on kcc is somewhat unusual…if you can read
    you will see i attribted those words to others comments…i really cant say if it was run poorly…
    didn’t eat the 5dollar footlong today…stopped off for a better deal…shorty at marco polo’s incredible
    sausage sandwich. As far as sausage (since you asked) jj uses a supperior sausage probably
    from local distrib utor. It’s fresh…cooked perfectly…and you can get the peppers and potatoes added
    on to your bun for what is italian heaven. And while I’m talking about italian food just yesterday while
    at my pool the topic came up about best italian restaurants. My favortie in kc is cascones…having
    known he cascone family for many years. My family and i went to the races with them many
    years ago and my dad and samcascone won so much money at aksraben that they had to get bags
    to bring home the cash…great people and restaurant.
    if you need any more information i’ll be pleased to offer my opinion.

  19. mike says:

    You eat sausage? Is that kosher?

  20. harley says:

    i’m half italian..half jewish
    when i die…don’t know whether i go to heaven or miami beach..
    yes…i eat non kosher…love the shicktzas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. tipp says:

    dont you have anything better to say other than what time a person makes a comment. your a truewacker. please God dont let there be any little harleys around. amen

  22. harley says:

    don’t you have anything better than stalk me and my possee and call me names. Nothing good to say…ddon’t
    say it. I don’t make reference to your comments because they are just plain stupid.
    and stop stalking me…don’t you have anything bettr to do than follow my comments with stupid shit.
    show people on here you have some brains in your head…it will make you look smart…..
    and since you have nothing to add o the conversation please keep your b.s. to yourself…

  23. paulwilsonkc says:

    This just in! The 2 GAY DUDES have signed a lease!!
    They will have the deal completed by 5:00 today. It will open in 10 days and have a moving sidewalk between it and Cafe Trio!

    Its going to be renamed “Oh No You Didnt, Bitch!” There will be a full menu, details not yet disclosed.

    They will NOT renew the 3am license as every one wants to be in bed LONG before then.

  24. Beano says:

    Paul you think your funny

    your not that smart

    maybe you wouldnt want moving sidewalk if you lost weight

    maybe you want to be in bed by then

    you cant keep up

    i was who made jardines what it was

    i made it happen




  25. mike says:

    In the Kansas City Star, in the business section under Cityscape, it is mentioned that Colliers has the former Jardine’s space up for lease. It says they would prefer something similar to what was there to go in but are open to other possibilities.

  26. Rick says:

    Same ole same ole
    I had not checked out this site in months. When I last looked I saw tons of stories about Jardines. I return and we have another Jardine story. Geez can we get anything fresh here? Talk about beatinga dead horse. You must have more stories or friends you can talk about instead of just recycling the same two or three. Fresh baby!!!

  27. Hearne says:

    Uh, this is fresh…
    As in the first up date in a couple months…a few days ahead and with more info than in today’s Star. Which by the way wasn’t new; that American Century had shown the space to other parties in included in the above story.

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