Former Russell Partners Open 3 New Concepts in Kansas City


Heather White will open two new concepts on Main Street in downtown Kansas City.

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After opening The Russell and Tailor restaurants on Main Street with a partner, Heather White is branching out again with two more concepts on the downtown stretch.

The Cheval Brewery is scheduled to open at 3940 Main Street in mid-August. It will offer wines by the glass or bottle, champagne, craft cocktails, small plates and desserts. It will accommodate about 35 people.

White was a competitive equestrian show jumper from age 9, and the name – “cheval” is the French word for horse – is a tribute to her love of the animal and the sport. While Tailor also has horse prints and saddles in its decor, Cheval will have a Gatsby theme with hunter greens, dark wood and chandeliers.

“It will be a place to go for a drink and a light meal,” White said. “People always want a change of scenery before or after dinner. Come and meet friends before going home.

Oddly Correct Coffee and Transit Coffee once occupied the space.

The menu will include Persian olives (marinated in walnuts, pomegranate molasses and herbs), tapenade (field greens, cherry tomatoes, capers and parmesan), marinated mozzarella, prawn cocktails, side dishes of cheese and charcuterie, smoked salmon and hummus with heirloom carrots.

Desserts will include dark chocolate panna cotta and rosemary and lemon shortbread.

White will also open a French bakery and market, Enchante, at 3934 Main in mid-September. There will be a few places for dinner, but it will be more of a take-out operation.

“We created this kind of triangle. I can just cross the street,” she said.

White opened The Russell, at 3141 Main, with Amante Domingo in 2017. A year ago, they expanded, opening Tailor at 3933 Main.

Now in a “friendly parting of ways,” White said she owned Tailor while Domingo owned the Russell.

“We are both very proud of each other. We just wanted to keep growing our business and we thought it would be much better if a business had one owner,” White said.

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Conservators Amante Domingo and Heather White.

Meanwhile, Domingo is planning a new concept a few blocks east of Main.

He rented the former Bond’s Chicken & Blues restaurant at 334 E. 31st St. for Noka’s restaurant, offering “passively Asian” cuisine. He will have Japanese farmhouse decor and use old barn wood from the farm he grew up on near St. Joseph. He’s still working on the menu and design but hopes to open by the end of the year.

This story was originally published August 4, 2022 11:56 a.m.

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Joyce Smith has been covering restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.

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