Oldest KC brew pub’s plan to close leaves many patrons with mixed emotions

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The oldest and one of the most well-known brew pubs in Kansas City is shutting down.

The 75th Street Brewery announced Thursday that it will close next month.

The news might come as a shock for those who’ve visited the brewery and tried their award-winning beers, but workers say the owner – KC Hopps – has been wanting to sell this space for quite some time because the company wants to focus on their other brew pubs, which include the Blue Moose and Barley’s Brewhaus.

The good news is their neighbor, the Summit Bar and Grill, will take over the space in mid-May and open up a Ramen Noodle restaurant in its place.

The 75th Street Brewery has been brewing its own beer for the past 23 years, which makes it the oldest brew pub in the metro.

The Brewery shut down temporarily in 2007 after fire destroyed some of the neighboring businesses in the building, but after cleaning up the smoke damage, the brewery reopened a few months later.

Many Kansas City residents have great memories of the brewery.  Some even say they met their spouse at the brewery, which leaves mixed emotions about the brewery's closure.

"Thanks for the memories!" Ashley McEniry posted on the Brewery's Facebook page. "My now husband Thomas & I met on a blind date at 75th many years ago. It always was one of our favorite spots. We're sad to see it go, but glad another good place is going in."

Michele Miller reacted to the news by writing, “We’ve been buying kegs and eating at 75th for years. You will be so missed! So many amazing memories. Thank you!"

The brewery will close their doors on Sunday May 15.


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