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    Legacy Bars and Restaurants

    Legacy Bars and Restaurants

    Location: Downtown Kansas City, MO

    Stakeholders: Young Preservationists KC, KCModern

    For generations, Kansas City has been home to a thriving landscape of neighborhood bars, restaurants and cafes that play an essential role in our sense of place and community. “Legacy Bars and Restaurants” is an educational and community building initiative that invites users to experience the history of some of Kansas City’s most legendary eateries, watering holes, dives, and haunts to celebrate the iconic establishments that contribute to the culture and character of Kansas City. Losses of local institutions like the Golden Ox and Italian Gardens underscore the need to develop new strategies for supporting and protecting places with tangible and intangible cultural significance. In past years, the Young Preservationists, KC joined forces with KCModern to host a happy hour on the second Thursday of every month at one of these bars, restaurants or cafés, including a brief history presentation of the establishment and surrounding neighborhood.

    The businesses featured have achieved longevity of 35 years or more, possess distinctive architecture or interior design, and/or contribute to a sense of history in the surrounding neighborhood.