Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bar Natasha Closing

I liked Bar Natasha a bit more than most, but I'm not surprised they are closing their doors next month. I think we can blame this one on the Power and Light and smoking ban. But, I'm willing to concede that the food and service were extremely sub-par. Plus, not everyone is into the type of entertainment that Bar Natasha offered, but it was a nice niche entertainment venue.

I guess Chimpotle is going to have to go to Missie B's for his once a month drag night. I can't remember if I was supposed to keep that a secret or not. Oh well, I'm sure Chimpo won't mind.

12 comments:

  1. I'm having a lot of trouble with this blog's quickness to blame bar closings on Power and Light and smoking bans. I go to a lot of bars and I am not seeing business decline AT ALL in the places that are proven good (good drinks, good atmosphere, good service). People keep going, they spend their money, and they step outside every ten minutes for a smoke. No big deal.

    You blame KCP&L for Bar Natasha closing, but then you say that the "food and service were extremely sub-par." Well, I'm going to go WAY out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that the sub-par food and drink has more to do with their closing than KCP&L. most locals I know avoid KCP&L like the plague. Its presence hasn't hurt quality places like the Brick and Cigar Box whatsoever.

    Bars are closing because, well, in reality, that is WHAT THEY DO! Restaurants and bars close frequently, largely due to poor business plans, undercapitalization and poor business management. Add bad service and bad food in, and there really isn't a reason to stay open.

    I dislike KCP&L as much as the next guy, but I am not willing to buy into this hysteria that every bar or restaurant that closes is their fault. Is that why Starbucks closed in Westport, too???!

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  2. Bar Natasha was more about the show than it was for food and drinks which is why I don't put the blame squarely on those factors. I would say that Bar Natasha was on a par or better than Tengo Sed Cantina, Vinino or McFaddens. But those 3 bars are sucking on the taxpayer's teat. The taxpayers are footing the bill for those bars to be capitalized adequately. Add in all the free advertising the district gets in tourist magazines, paid for by the KC Tourism Board and Chamber of Commerce and you have a bit of an unfair advantage for the P&L District Bars.

    You give Bar Natasha any of the above advantages instead of McFadden's and I would bet that McFadden's is the bar that is closing. So yes, I do blame the P&L for Bar Natasha closing. I also know that Bar Natasha's owners can look inward and find flaws in their business plan. The fact remains the P&L was the impetus behind the closing.

    As for blaming smoking bans, I just kind of threw that in because I believe in freedom and liberty and I like blaming the smoking ban for things.

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  3. Hate to break up this serious discussion, but one drag night a month is a gross underestimate

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  4. This is a total shame. Yeah the food was just ok and the drinks were drinks, but it was fun. Some friends of mine had done cabaret shows there and I'll miss the place. I don't know if you can blame it on P&L or smoking, but it was a fun place to go. Good luck, Missy and the rest of the talented employees.

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  5. I agree with the anon. I live in the Midtown area and I hear this hysteria about the negative impact of P&L all the time. They say things like "I walked past it once and I didn't like it... and they have a dress code... and they are killing our beloved Westport." And its B.S.

    I support all of our local bars and food joints. And I must admit that I eat out (between lunch, dinner and drinking) around 8-10 times a week. I primarily go to joints in Wesport, Martini Corner and 39th Street, but I'm not ashamed to say that I also go to P&L.

    I vote for what I like with my dollars. When I got bad service at Sol Cantina, I quit going. When my food at Gordon Biersch was cold, I quit going.

    On the flip side, when the cider chicken was awesome at Thomas' I have added it to my weekly rotation.

    By the way, I don't think that P&L exactly catered to the same crowd as Bar Natasha. To say that people quit going to Natasha in favor of P&L may be a little off base.

    But overall, I agree with your hatred of the subsidies for P&L. Silly to throw taht much cash at them.

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  6. i blame bar natasha's closing on a number of things but mainly bad management. i quit going there when they started turning their backs on their loyal customers. their drink prices have more than doubled over the past 4 years and their food and service have gone downhill considerably. i also watched a number of employees drink excessively on the job and give drinks away to their friends/spouses when missy and jd weren't around meanwhile they were charging their customers 7 bucks for a week drink and giving crappy service. i also watched the owners repeatedly overpay to book medicore entertainment acts. i'm sad to see it go but maybe next time the owners will pay more attention to what's going on.

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  7. i'm really sad that bar natasha is closing but i don't blame it completely on the power and light district or the smoking ban. over the years bar natasha's staff has changed and not for the better. the latest staff gives poor service, are slow, and are not very friendly unless the owners are there. we quit going when we got poor service for the third time. i'm sad to see it go but there needed to be more oversight.

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  8. Well, I don't know why bar Natasha is closing other than what Missy says. But on the occasions I visited the food and service were just fine. And I loved Missy's cabaret. I am terribly sad that it is closing and hope Missy and JD find a new home for the concept. It is the most like a bar in a real city of any I know here in town.

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  9. Bar Natasha was overrated and the food, drinks, and service are what put it out of business. -Not the P&L. I was assaulted by a big black lesbian "bouncer" who thought I hadn't paid my tab when I had just paid with my cc minutes before. The waitress handed the card back without having me sign and this was my fault? She called us fXXcking faggots and shoved me. How nice. It was Karma waiting to happen...spent a $160 bucks that night too. No apology from the owner. I told a lot of people who didn't go back.

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  10. bar natasha is folding because people can't afford to drink there anymore. i used to frequent the place when it first opened. i went at least once a week. now i haven't been in over 6 months mainly because their prices went up too much. also the service wasn't always the greatest. i really like missy and jd. i really enjoyed going there, just couldn't afford it. i wouldn't blame the kcp%l cuz i don't go there either, or the smoking ban cuz i don't smoke. i just couldn't afford their prices anymore. i have been going to cheaper, though not as good, gay bars (outabounds, missy b's), but at least i can drink all night for 20 bucks. at bar natasha 20 bucks would only get me 2 drinks. i know a lot of my friends feel the same way. bar natasha just got 2 expensive. its a shame.

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  11. i think the owners of bar natasha made a lot of poor choices. if they were hurting for money so bad then why did they put up the money for an entire employee's wedding reception, let that same employee give free drinks away to her boyfriend every night and allow their employees to drink on the job, overpay for crappy entertainment and then have the nerve to charge loyal customers an arm and a leg for drinks/cover charges. we wanted badly to see bar natasha succeed but sadly the owners put it in the hole. it's their own bad decisions that put them under.

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  12. I think the smoking ban gave P&L an advantage. Coincidence? Or did another Walmart move to town and crush the mom & pops...

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