Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fred's Dead

Fred P. Ott's in the Town Pavilion downtown is closed. I can't say that I was a regular customer or even that it was good. It was usually real smoky and had bad service, they probably didn't deserve to stay open. But, they've survived for many years and I can't help but wonder if they're closed now because some government bureaucrats decided that they know how to spend KC's money more than the people of KC.

This is a pretty benign sign that the P&L District is going to run all the bars that came across their popularity honestly (ie. not taxpayer funded) out of business. It will be sad when businesses that have good service and product go out of business because of this nonsense. Unfortunately for Fred P. Ott's, they weren't that great and it eventually cost them. I'll be upset when it's The Brick or Willie's, but I have taken notice.

Hat tip to the Hip Suburban White Guy, the nicest bald liberal you're likely to meet.


  1. You're absolutely right about the P&L district, and it frustrates me to no end. It's not just downtown places either - if my last two visits to McCoy's (both on beautiful nights) is any indication Westport is suffering BIG TIME.

    (And now they're going to charge for parking? Stupid. But I digress.)

    I am of the opinion the Brick is probably safe because their crowd doesn't overlap the P&L crowd much. I reserve the right to change my mind after the smoking ban takes effect, but I think they'll get by.

    However, I share your worries about Willie's.

  2. I always thought P. Ott's was kind of dank. I guess the weekday lunch crowd wasn't enough to keep it afloat.

    I was at both The Brooksider and Hooper's over Memorial Day weekend, and they were both pretty quiet. My guess is that most of the "summer" crowd will migrate to P&L, at least until the honey moon is over and people get tired of paying $5 for a 12 ounce beer, and they realize what a joke McFadden's really is. Once it gets too cold for short skirts and Fuck Me boots (not that I have anything against either of those items...), the kids will head back to their regular haunts.