Monday, March 18, 2019

TKC FACT CHECK: SKETCHY UPTOWN ARTS BAR SHUTS DOWN!!! KANSAS CITY BROADWAY CORRIDOR STRUGGLES!!!



The Uptown Arts Bar was always kind of a dump that had worsened in recent years with a clientele that was more interested in "recreational" adventures than any creative endeavor.

And so . . . The inevitable switcheroo happened today:

Uptown Arts Bar closes abruptly; new management to take over venue

Their message:

“Friends! As of today, March 18th, the Uptown Arts Bar is changing ownership and mission. We will be closing down for a short time while the new owners get the venue set up and ready for their exciting, new concept. We'll let them tell ya'll more about that as time goes on, so keep an eye out on this page for news from them, but we do know that Poetic Underground, Kansas City Poetry Slam, Middle of the Mic, and Sheri Hall's Community Poetry Workshop will continue as usual. Niche is closing and all currently booked shows have sadly been canceled. Look for your favorite shows at new venues soon! Take a moment to go like their page if you haven't already so you can keep up with them! We are honored to have worked with so many amazing artists! Greg Patterson and the staff at Arts Bar extend the greatest thanks and love to you, our wonderful arts community, for seven stunning years of performing arts on our stage. Our time together has truly been magical.”

There's fake news about a jazz takeover but readers who pay close attention realize the jazz never worked near this location. Yes, the Green Lady Owner John Scott has signed the new lease but it'll be surprising to see if he goes with a Jazz format.

To be fair, there are a few thriving businesses near this area under sober management. But deep pockets and years of commitment are required to maintain an an establishment in this part of town that hosts nearly as many hobos as paying customers.

Developing . . .

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's time to establish the 24th vape shop and see how that goes!

Anonymous said...

^^^ Excellent plan.

Dex said...

If Green Lady Lounge does move here, it's bad news for everybody and only a sign that they're going broke and can't make it in the Crossroads. THAT would be the worst news of all. They run a great place but the market for Jazz in KC is tougher than most people realize.

Anonymous said...

Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

is this that momentum they were talking about?

Anonymous said...

Rename it "MLK Arts bar". Fixed.

Anonymous said...

I told some geezers they're reopening a Waid's with a 4 o'clock early bird special in that spot.

They got so excited they accidentally shit themselves.

Anonymous said...

A cape shop and CBD emporium

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^^ NOW We're talking!

Real KC said...

7 years and no profit at the Arts Bar at all? That sounds very suspicious or maybe it's just an indication that all of the "Momentum" is a lie/

7:55 is author, Kumd Onmuhbutt, who wrote the books: "Slobberhose Five", "Men Wanting No Cunt, Please", and "Guys Blow You, Mister Hose Swallower", and more! said...

And, when ya met up with your fave 4 buttboiz at the BathHouse, y'all got so excited, ya actually jizzed all over each other.

Anonymous said...

The homosexuals that live around there or frequent that area just don’t have much money to spend. It’s hard for a business to make it when most of your customers are homosexuals.

Your gay son loves you said...

^^^ Spoken like a true closet case. Dreaming all day and night about what he wants. @9:03. I'm sure you'll do fine cruising for guys at the new place. Let your rainbow colors fly because you're OBSESSED with dudes.

Anonymous said...

Play this midtown lottery:

Vape Shop

CBD store

vintage boutique.

my guess is a new one every 13 months. for the next five years.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Lulz.

Anonymous said...

The businesses in that area should be very pissed at the city. First off, parking in general sucks in that area. A while back I tried to go to Monarch Coffee and could not find anywhere to park because the city's snow removal is a joke.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Absolutely agree about the parking. It's even worse during the Spring when there are more people out.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Where will Geezer Hater do his nightly sword swallowing and disappearing gerbil act?

Anonymous said...

^^^ LULZ. Now THAT is comedy because it's mean BUT FUNNY. Good show!

Anonymous said...

Can we get a list of queer bars?

Anonymous said...

^^^ Follow your nose!

Or maybe just leave them along unless you want to join their good times. Either way, I think are looking for a date. Just look for an app and wear a rubber dude.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of the place.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Not missing much. It's like every other bar in KC but with a bunch of weirdos instead of fat former jocks.

Anonymous said...

One less "party" bar in KC. So now we only have 40 or 50.

agentzero said...

Bring back the milky way..... also you forgot about tatoo shops prevalent in the area

Anonymous said...

Too bad about the arts bar...too bad about YJs too and countless other fun and unique KC establishments. KC is pricing itself out of everything unique so we don't get fewer interesting things but higher prices