Thursday, January 31, 2019

HIPSTER LARKBURGER STAYS LOSING IN KANSAS CITY: FOODIE SCENE FAIL?!?



I'm certain we threw this in a compilation a couple of days ago but a few AWESOME TKC READERS begged us for a reprise.

The bigger question regarding this shut down . . .

AFTER SO MUCH HIPSTER CELEBRATION OF THIS TRENDY HIPSTER BURGER STAND: DOES THE SHUT DOWN REVEAL FICKLE KANSAS CITY FOODIES WHO HAVE NO LOYALTY?!?

To be fair, the reality is that healthier burgers are a tough sell in Kansas City more than any place else.

Here's the update . . .

Kansas City Larkburger locations closing

Deets:

In a statement, the company said the restaurants were “underperforming and financially holding us back.”

The Colorado company is undergoing a transition from “Larkburger” to “Lark Spot” and said it needed to close the Kansas City locations along with four others . . .

Developing . . .

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I’m sure the food was good, but catering to hipsters who tell everyone they are in: “The arts” isn’t a good business model. Like that new crossroads arts condo. How many hipsters in kcmo can afford the one or more bedrooms? You are catering to a broke culture with a few successful trust fund babies.


It’s risky, it could work but you really got to set yourself out. It’s takes many more hipster sales to make it than say catering to middle class with disposable income and careers.

Anonymous said...

Amazed they lasted one whole year.

Anonymous said...

Larkburger was good. The other restaurants (Elly's Brunch, Eat Fit Go) in that strip center also closed.

Anonymous said...

Why would something "under performing and financially holding us back" deter them from continuing to do what they've been doing all along?
Just take a tip from KCMO government, whose long track record of both under performance and financial catastrophes tops the charts, just BORROW more money.
Or just not pay back loans like a local Congressman.
There are lots of local lessons about how to turn money into thin air and just keep right on moving along.
These folks need more imagination.

Anonymous said...

High prices, mediocre food and surly service - what's not to like?

At best it was a "place to be seen", or rather tried to be.
The young and vacuous seemed to cluster the first couple of months, but grew more and more scarce as the "new and shiny" faded.

Beware, Shake Shack, thy days have been written as well.

Anonymous said...

Like creating a collectible.

Anonymous said...

They has a few good months but once they newness wore off, it was abandoned. The lifespan for restaurants is even shorter than the attention span of millennials.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of them, won't miss them. Good thing is several minimum wage jobs don't exist any more. Now that is progress.

Anonymous said...

The Plaza Library location isn't a great location for these types of restaurants. People in the Midwest feel like they have to drive to get anywhere. They will valet their BMW at Stock Hill but don't want to walk across the street from the parking garage for a healthy burger.

Anonymous said...

Hipsters frequent lots of restaurants for a while. The one thing they are permanently consistent about is sucking cock.

Anonymous said...

I'd never heard of this place and I live on the plaza. Anyway, I think the pendulum is beginning to swing back from boutique places and more toward more affordable and character driven places

Anonymous said...

^^Thanks gramps, that makes no sense whatsoever. Please stick to Cracker Barrel. It's more your speed. Clueless fucking goon.

Anonymous said...

I like that thought. Expand on it please.

Anonymous said...

I went there once. Too damn expensive.