As they bask in the glow of neon signs and flat-screen televisions, visitors to Cronin's Bar & Grill catch up with friends or sports teams over a menu of classic pub dishes and drinks. Sandwiches, pizzas, and finger foods alight on plates, warming up diaphragms for friendly banter or unfriendly whistling competitions. The bar pours frosty pints of favorite beers and mixed drinks as patrons crane their necks toward the sports-showing screens that encircle the room. Patio seating allows guests to take their fried pickles and meatball subs alfresco, and free WiFi keeps them connected to fantasy sports or fantasy families.
At two locations, The Other Place’s staff fires up ovens to bake pizzas, italian subs, and sandwiches to a golden brown—the color of Pharaoh’s mask after he eats a chocolate bar. Atop hand-made pizza crusts made from a 40-year-old recipe, the kitchen team layers toppings such as italian sausage, salami, and sun-dried tomatoes, lubricated by tomato, alfredo, and barbecue sauce. Submarine-shaped bread holds italian meats, veggies, and toppings. In both eateries’ dining areas, more than 50 TVs stream sports games. The Other Place also often entertains guests with karaoke—America’s most underappreciated sport, and the one with the least funding in most school districts.
Fine Arts Theatres? four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, The Fine Arts Theatres hosts special independent screenings throughout the year including the Kansas International Film Festival (Oct. 10-16th) that features 55 films in 7 days and the Latin American Film Festival every September.
Tanner’s Bar and Grill suppresses sports-loving stomachs with its menu of tantalizing pub fare and cold brews. Kick off consumption with an appetizer such as the full order of Lots-O-Nachos ($7.99) or a half-order of mozzarella sticks ($4.49). Entreewise, Tanner's deep-fried charred jumbo wings ($8.99 for 10) prove that the chicken crossed the road only to tame your taste buds, while the one-pound Maniac Cheese Booga ($10.99) places a bunk bed of hamburger patties alongside a strewn-about toy chest of fries. Meat mavens can also nosh on a pulled pork sandwich ($7.49) or filet mignon ($19.99) before further exacting dominance over dairy animals with ice cream ($1.79).