It’s official, after 8 1/2 years Stanford & Sons will close its doors early next month at The Legends in KCK and reopen in August in Overland Park’s Rosana Square at 119th and Metcalf.
“Well, we moved here in 2007 and the hope back then – and it seemed believable at the time – was that the area around Legends in KCK would grow in proportion to the shopping and entertainment and sports district,” says Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer. “But unfortunately, in 2008 the recession stopped the housing market and plans for the area to add 50,000 people died. And eight years later, it’s grown almost zero.
“That caused the leadership of The Legends to become more family oriented and they got away from nightlife. So now they’re pushing morse retail shopping and daily oriented activities. And that seems to be working for them, but when we close on a Friday or Saturday night there’s no place to go. The dance clubs are long gone and there is no adult activity except for the casino which is a few miles away. So we’re the only thing here.”
Hence a move to higher ground…
“I decided over a year ago to begin to look for a more compatible location and considering that a large part of our audience is from Johnson County and the nicer parts of Kansas City, Missouri, that’s where we decided to go.”
Another reason for the move DUI checkpoints.
“It’s a long haul out here to Legends and people are and some people are afraid to drive this far to begin with and it’s a little scary if you’ve had a couple of cocktails,” Glazer says. “And though we weathered the storm out here, we just decided it was time to find another location with a denser population.
“Although I think Westport has turned the corner, but our connection in Midtown is broken and the population is stagnant. What’s really growing in KCMO is the urban core.”
As for moving to Rosana Square, “Look, when I saw everything that was going on at PrairieFire my jaw dropped,” Glazer says. “I was stunned. And there’s a big difference out at 119th Street today than even our old location above Hooters. So we’re going where the people are – we’re going where the money is – Johnson County. To 119th and met calf at Rosan Square, right by Shawn McClenny‘s Fuel and Kanza Hall. It’s the nightclub concept that’s been the most successful – not only in Johnson County – but in Kansas City period. Their numbers are staggering.
“Stanford’s will be a great complement to what Shawn’s doing. We’ll bring our restaurant and food service back. Our target date is August 15th for phase one, the restaurant and the club. In phase two we’ll have an outdoor patio that will open sometime this fall. And we’ll have a late night drinking club.
“And we plan to open with hot, big names. Like my dear friend T.J. Miller - who’s in the new Transformers movie – Dave Coulier and Carlos Mencia. Even Chris Tucker has volunteered to come back in. It should be an exciting thing for Rosana Square.
“I’ll miss our gorgeous showroom at The Legends, but I won’t miss the drive. I wish them well.”