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View Full Version : Blanc Burgers + Bottles returns to Westport on Monday, maybe


JDLM
2014-02-20, 02:52 PM
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Blanc Burgers + Bottles is back in Westport and will open very soon.


"Everything hinges on when we get our liquor license," says Ernesto Peralta Jr., the founder and owner of Blanc Burgers + Bottles. He's standing in one of the three dining rooms at 4120 Pennsylvania, the location of the former Simply Breakfast location that Peralta leased in December (http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2013/12/30/blanc-burgers-bottles-to-leave-plaza-return-to-westport), shortly before closing the four-year-old Plaza Blanc location. "All the paperwork is in, and we're just waiting our final approval," Peralta says. "We may get it today. We may get it tomorrow. If we get it on Monday, we'll open on Monday night. We'll need at least a day to unpack all the liquor to have it ready for opening."
The staff has been hired (all of the employees worked for Peralta at the Plaza location, at 4710 Jefferson) and the dining rooms - designed by Jennifer Peralta in shades of gray, black and orange - are ready and set up for the first customers - whenever the front door officially opens.

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Ernest Peralta, Jr. says he's relieved to be back in a smaller venue - in Westport.



The new restaurant, at 2,350 square feet, is slightly larger than the original Blanc Burgers + Bottles, which opened in Westport in 2008 at 419 Westport Road (and closed two years later). It's smaller than the Plaza venue, which seated 210 customers. "This new restaurant," Peralta says, "will seat about 85 patrons. At the Plaza restaurant, if we had 100 customers, the place looked empty. If we have 100 customers here, we're on a wait."
Peralta says he has no regrets that he took a gamble and opened a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, but he's glad he's out: "If I knew then what I know now," he says.
When the new Blanc + Burgers opens next week, it will offer the same menu used by the Blanc location in Leawood. "We'll make a substantial menu change in April," Peralta says. "We'll add a few new burgers and salads. And because we're back in Westport, we'll focus on a new late-night menu and a special brunch menu for Saturdays and Sundays."

Billy Mild
2014-03-03, 11:21 AM
Wanted to go there yesterday, but they closed early. I can't wait to see what the new spot is like.

JDLM
2014-03-03, 11:22 AM
I went on Monday when they opened it's a different layout spaced out, similar color scheme as the others (white/gray/orange) same food (lunch special was good)