Old KC Hotspot Revamps Home-Style Favorites

Kate Baxendale

After being closed for more than three years, the Corner Restaurant reopened its doors under new ownership and with a revamped menu. It was a popular dining spot throughout the 1980s and ’90s under the ownership of the late Steve Friedman, but it declined after his death in the 1990s and closed in 2010, according to KSHB 41. Owners Michael Pfeifer and Dawn Slaughter spent months remodeling the space to create what they call “industrial farmhouse” décor.

The restaurant has burlap curtains lining its many windows overlooking the bustling intersection at Broadway and Westport. Exposed brick and corrugated metal tie together to make for a surprisingly cozy and inviting atmosphere. At The Corner Restaurant, rags are used as napkins and wine bottles are repurposed as water vases.

Executive chef Natasha Sears boasted about the restaurant’s use of local vendors for supplies, and the majority of the food is prepared from scratch. The Corner Restaurant serves comfort food with a dash of ingenuity and splendor.

The loaded grits entree is a steaming bowl of hominy grits topped with one sunny side egg, peppered bacon lardons, sautéed portabella, caramelized onions, scallions, grana padano cheese and butter. The grana padano melts beautifully into the grits and the burst egg yolk runs into the mixture of delightful flavors and textures.

A full order of swoonin’ biscuits comes with two biscuits smothered in homemade sausage gravy, two eggs and a choice of hashbrowns or house potatoes. The dish’s presentation is perfection, with two fluffy biscuits drowning in delectable gravy nestled next to a pile of fresh hashbrowns. It was reminiscent of Mom’s homemade Sunday breakfasts.

If breakfast is not what one is craving, the restaurant has a brunch menu with sandwiches, soups and salads. The Corner burger or the grilled chicken Florentine soup are both exceptional choices. Vegetarian options like the crispy portabella sandwich or the Caprese Napoleon salad are certain to please herbivorous diners.

The service is casual. Any server who passes by the table willstops to top off a mug of coffee or ask if anything else is needed. Upon being seated, customers are  warmly welcomed and the server explaines how the restaurant uses mostly locally produced ingredients.

Customers are clearly invited to hang around and have a leisurely meal, as newspapers are provided on a ladder-turned-newsstand near the door. Ample seating in the front and a rustic bar in the back offer a choice for the visitor’s preferred dining atmosphere.

            The Corner Restaurant, located at 4059 Broadway St., is open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.