One of the downtown Power & Light District’s original tenants, Gordon Biersch brewery and restaurant, is closing after anchoring a strategic corner at 14th and Walnut since 2008.
In a release, company officials described the departure as a “natural end at this location.
“We have enjoyed being a part of the renaissance of downtown Kansas City and continue to be committed to doing business in the Kansas City area,” according to the statement.
Gordon Biersch provided a big boost to the fledgling Power & Light District when it agreed to lease a high-profile 8,500 square-foot space at the northeast corner of 14th and Walnut. The brewery had access from both the street and the inner Kansas City Live courtyard, featuring a patio near the courtyard stage.
The Cordish Co., owner of the Power & Light District, released a statement recognizing the early role Gordon Biersch had in the launch of the entertainment district.
“Gordon Biersch has had a great run through the end of its lease term in the Power & Light District, and we would like to thank them for the role they have played in the revitalization of downtown Kansas City,” Nick Benjamin, executive director, said in a statement.
“Tenant transitions are a healthy part of the evolution of a neighborhood and we take a great deal of pride in the fact that we have taken advantage of transition opportunities over the years to continually update and diversify the Power & Light District’s tenant mix.”
Since the opening of Gordon Biersch, the competition for fresh-brewed craft beer in downtown Kansas City has taken off with at least a half-dozen microbreweries opening plus a major expansion of the Boulevard Brewing visitor center and beer hall.
The Power & Light District also has added a beer-oriented Yard House franchise plus another original beer-oriented tenant, The Flying Saucer.
Gordon Biersch will continue to operate its brewery and restaurant in Leawood. It’s parent company, and its parent company, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Group, also operates Old Chicago Pizza & Taprooms in Independence, Shoal Creek, and one under construction in Overland Park.