Tim Griffin has come a long way from washing dishes. That first job gave set him on a path into the restaurant industry, which led to stints in almost every position including bartender, server, manager, and dish taster for visiting monarchs. He first used his experience to launch a catering company, and then kept evolving and founded his own restaurant, J.Bean's Gathering Place. Today, Tim—along with his wife Ibby and head chef Blair Johnson—welcome guests with a creative menu of dishes ranging from crab-rangoon dip to fish tacos. The two-level dining room evokes a warm, welcoming atmosphere with an abundance of hardwood furnishings and trim anchored by a stone fireplace. The establishment also often hosts special events, such as occasional live music on the patio.
American Tent and Event Rentals helps party planners host memorable events with a wealth of furnishings and decorative accents. Handsome linen cloths drape over buffet and cocktail tables, while spacious pole and frame tents keep guests shady and dry in all kinds of weather. Strands of lobe lights cast a charming glow on wedding receptions, while can spotlights zero in on the teary toasts of best men and sneaky cake thievery of ringbearers. Sturdy hardwood dancefloors host hours of moves and steps, and custom-designed stages support ensemble cast productions, DJ booths, and fashion runway shows with safe, secure construction.
Complete Music's repertoire of services actually extends well beyond the wedding DJing from which it takes its name. The staff includes photographers, videographers, lighting designers, and photo booth technicians, all of whom lend their services to help preserve memories. While DJs put together song lists tailored to the tastes of the bride and groom, the rest of the team tirelessly illuminates and records the day. In total, they help produce over 13,000 weddings each year, which is two more weddings than Henry VIIIth had in his entire life.
With a stay at Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, you'll be centrally located in Kansas City, steps from Kansas City Convention Center and minutes from Sprint Center. This hotel is within close proximity of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and City Market of Kansas City.
Make yourself at home in one of the 385 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including a 24-hour fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Kansas City? This hotel has 14614 square feet (1315 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Self parking is available onsite.
A circular driveway leads to the towering white columns that frame the entrance of Van Noy Mansion, built in the early 20th century for a wealthy railroad family. Two and a half acres of 100-year-old oak trees, manicured shrubs, and verdant landscape surround the estate, and guests are invited to take photos and explore the grounds. General manager James Michael summarizes the mansion's beauty by saying, "You have to see it to believe it. When people walk in for the first time, their jaws drop."
Original woodwork lines the mansion's interior, which is ornamented by stained-glass windows and a series of original murals portraying a courtship. A dramatic wooden rotunda with a second-level landing gives guests space to snap photos or drop buckets of molasses and feathers on late arrivals. Stepping out on the second-story balcony, guests can occasionally hear faint elephant trumpets from the neighboring zoo intermingled with real trumpets carried on the breeze from the nearby Starlight Theatre. The historic 5,000-square-foot mansion plays host to up to 1,000 guests for indoor and outdoor weddings receptions, holiday parties, and charitable events, with food services available from a list of preferred caterers.
For many steakhouses, the art of preparing a tantalizing cut of meat begins in a professional kitchen. But Plaza III The Steakhouse reaches back further, choosing cuts of meat from its own facilities where it ages corn-fed beef inside specialized lockers. Once the cuts reach the restaurant, they are displayed tableside or via limousine motorcade for prospective diners before the chefs char grill chosen selections. To complete the flavor profile, patrons need only peruse a wine list of more than 700 bottles.
This meticulous process of cultivation and presentation embodies the award-winning steakhouse's sophisticated approach to mealtime. Its menu spans ribs, chops, and seafood in addition to Prime aged steaks, and appetizers such as the hand-chopped tenderloin tartare?a dish lauded by Gayot as a "classic rendition ? sprinkled with caviar."
Visitors bask in elegant dining rooms on two floors, which host live jazz and a dancing area on Saturday evenings. Parties of up to 64 guests can set up their fetes in private rooms, enjoying bacchanalias in the wine cellar and other intimate spaces such as the western-themed American Royal Room, which accommodates midsized gatherings.