(Editor’s note: This article originally was published on June 13, 2022)
By Kevin Collison
A Parisian-style cocktail and dessert café has arrived at the corner of Westport and Main, the latest creation by Heather White of Tailleur.
Like Tailleur, which was inspired by a visit to a famed New York brasserie, White’s latest concept, Cheval, dawned on her while enjoying the café life in Paris last April.
“While I was in Paris, I sat in all the coffee shops and had a wonderful time observing how Parisians enjoy life,” she said. “I thought, nobody in Kansas City is getting to experience this.”
After returning home, opportunity knocked right across the Main Street from Tailleur.
Transit Coffee was leaving its space at 3940 Main after less than a year of operation. It’s previous occupant was Oddly Correct. The landlord was agreeable to allowing White take over the previous tenant’s license and lease.
She created a richly-decorated, intimate place on the order of Tailleur with walls done in Hunter Green, a big chandelier and an old bar from the early 1900s, and make it an all-day place to celebrate joie de vivre.
In the evenings until 10 p.m., people can stop by for drinks and dessert, ideally after dining across the street at Tailleur.
“We’ll have a full bar, but we’ll be focused on bubbles,” White said. “It’ll be a place for people to go after a meal at Tailleur, it’s sister to this place.”
Cheval is the French word for horse, which is one of White’s passions in addition to baking. She is an accomplished equestrian and much of the Tailleur decor was inspired by her competitions and the riding world.
The new place seats about two dozen people indoors and have ample outdoor seating. Hours are Wednesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
It’s located near the planned streetcar stop at 39th Street and is across the street from the planned 192-unit Katz Drugstore apartment project.
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