Plaza Sports Bar Closing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — March Madness will be its last hurrah on the Country Club Plaza.

The 810 Zone, which opened to much fanfare in 2007 at its Plaza location, will close its doors in early April.

A source close to the sports bar concept says the Plaza’s owners Highwood Properties and 810 Zone investors reached an amicable agreement that will allow the concept out of its lease to pursue other metro locations.

In fact, Ed Nelson of KC Hopps, which operates the concept, says the 810 Zone will open in Lee’s Summit at 50 Highway and Chipman Road, perhaps later this summer. Other metro locations are also being scouted.

A source says the plaza location was a good performer, but the lack of a patio or ability to do outdoor dining hurt it in the warmer weather months. Attempts to renegotiate the lease to take that into account failed, and both sides agreed to the departure. Details on the agreement are not being revealed.

The original Leawood location at Town Center Plaza remains open. A Harrah’s Casino location will also remain open. Future locations beyond Lee’s Summit are not being revealed, but expansion options are being considered.

While the 810 Zone’s are based on the popular Sports Radio 810 theme, the locations are owned by separate LLC’s and not the company that owns the radio station. KC Hopps manages the concept at all of the locations, and recently added The Dubliner in the Power and Light District, which was the closed Ragland Road.

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