BRGR, one of the Bread & Butter Concept restaurants, just opened a second location downtown. Their first, in Corinth, has been successful since the day it opened. The new one, in the Cordish-owned Power and Light District, is one of the few independently owned retail establishments in the mix.
The new space is gorgeous, and just what you’d envision when creating a burger joint that appeals to sports fans. Flat screen TVs abound, but there are booths and tables in the dining room where those who don’t want to take in a game aren’t forced to. Like the original, this has a warehouse motif, with lots of wood and metal throughout the vast space.
The menu is similar to the BRGR in Corinth and focuses on burgers and sandwiches, with a few tacos, pork shoulder and BBQ shrimp thrown in for good measure. (Bread and Butter also owns Taco Republic, Gram & Dun and Urban Table.)
I had the salmon “Not-So-Burger”, a blackened filet sandwich with chipotle aioli and onion marmalade. I asked them to top it with some spicy slaw instead of the mixed greens that were listed, and I had a winner. The salmon was cooked to order and I enjoyed every bite. My husband had the veggie burger, which is made with lentils, black beans and beets. I always enjoy it, but I wouldn’t rank it as high as the veggie burgers at Blanc or the Burger Stand in Lawrence, but it’s certainly a nice alternative to their many beef offerings.
We sat at the bar and enjoyed talking to the bartender, who provided good service in addition to good conversation. The only disappointment of the evening was that the restaurant was not very busy. There wasn’t a concert or sporting event at the Sprint Center, nor was there a convention in town, all of which usually drive traffic to their door. I’ve heard comments about it being a bit pricey, but remember that they have to pay the rent. I hope Kansas Citians will appreciate the risk the Gaylins, owners of the Bread & Butter Concepts, made in opening downtown among the big boys in the District. This is just the type of restaurant the P&L District needs, and I hope it gets the support it needs to stick around.