Both areas have seen major increases in traffic in the past five months. Especially Westport.
Westport started its comeback with the closing of America’s Pub last December. It led to not blocking the streets to shut down the hip-hop crowd and their cars from cruising this summer.
The urban crowds left with Westport’s hip-hop and rap music dance clubs. Replacing them in a very short time were the hipsters of today’s be-cool, go out groups. Mostly white, post college, ages 22-40. They have money, jobs and are no trouble. Much of that crowd is now also on the Plaza in larger groups, though the Plaza still has little to no late night traffic or anywhere to party.
Westport has that nailed down.
I’ve been in both areas several times as of late. I’ve eaten dinner during the week at Kona Grill on the Plaza and Gram & Dun. I was shocked to see a wait at both on a recent Wednesday and a week later on a Thursday.
The food at Kona was solid as always, my meal at Gram & Dun was at best average again, however the place was jammed. On weeknights no less! Damn. The Plaza has added Bo Lings recently and I understand they are busy.
But Westport now rules with the upper scale, white, young techno crowds. Nice looking groups.
I was stunned to see Westport damn busy on a Sunday DAY. Wow. The new restaurant Port Fonda on Pennsylvania was full and it was cool to see people sitting on a patio that far down in Westport for the first time looking nice. The area was clean and crisp.
Westport is continuing to move up the food chain in business. The Block-run small shopping mall to the west is filling up as well. Westport is hot again.
With low crime on both the Plaza and Westport lately things have picked up. I look for a continued upswing in business for both.
Nice to see. A positive story on the economy right here in Kansas City.