Saving The Kansas City Savoy

An inspiring local clip offer perspective on the effort to restore a Kansas City treasure and a glimpse at the revitalization of The Savoy grill in Kansas City MO.

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  1. But will it even be close to what it was 20-30 years ago?

  2. @stupid dave-are you? Jesus, you're a fucking retard.

  3. ^^^ You're probably not old enough to remember so STFU.

  4. ^^Incredible insight stupid dave. I mean you really broke down the essence of the Savoy with that question..."But will it even be close to what it was 20-30 years ago?" Just the most nuanced and consise questions. Wow. Remarkable.

  5. No it will not be the same as 20 years ago but the criminal element has not changed.

  6. ^^Wow. That makes zero sense. Try again retard.

  7. Well, 20 to 30 years ago, the Savoy had fallen on hard times. Donald Lee and his family did their best, but were woefully underfunded.

    They tried a conversion to a Victorian hotel, to rent the upper floors, but it was dreadful. Tiny rooms, a smidgeon of floral wallpaper. No grandeur at all. It was a big embarrasing failure.

    Now Matthew Hufft, the single most notable architect in town currently, has teamed up with 21C Hotels, art hotels in trendy neighborhoods across the country. I've visited the one in Bentonville Arkansas, same town as the incredible Crystal Bridges, the art museum funded by Alice Walton, the Walmart heiress.

    Each property is unique and very UPSCALE, Dave. $350 a night minimum. A Cadillac parked outside, covered with pennies, nickels and dimes, in honor of Sam Walton--Guess the count and win a free night.

    Four foot tall green plastic penquin art next to your tabel in the very cool restaurant. And Sunday brunch is cooked over an open flame. Try that in this heat!!!!

    I saw an art project where they made little outfits for homing pigeons, and tucked a cigar in their bellies, and had the birds fly back to Miami from Havana. And another art project by the co-founder, I think it's Larry Craig???, you might look it up, where he produced a legendary, lavish parade in China, each float based on the Year of the _____ animal, eg rat or dog or horse. Amazing! Some of the floats were then on temporary display in little old Bentonville. And the video to watch. First class, Dave. Not to worry.

    So if you had asked about 50 to 60 years ago, I might have agreed with you, Dave. But you pointed to a very low ebb in the property's history perhaps by mistake. time flies. Used to be great. You probably took your wife there a time or two and have fond memories.

    I wrote about the Savoy in my Doubleday book with Walt Bodine, and represented the Lee family in advertising and PR in the mid-70's, and produced newsletters for them during their struggles.

    At least they kept it from being bulldozed by some failing developer or H&R Bloch. I'll give them credit for that. And they kept about 20 of the very old black waiters ON SALARY, for many years when a less sympathetic family would have laid them off, because the place was failing.


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