Restaurants

Mestizo Updates Its Rooftop as a Winter Wonderland

The Rooftop at Mestizo was unveiled during the holiday season, but it’s obvious that they’re thinking of an inviting atmosphere for the whole year.

Aarón Sánchez, co-star of the hit series “Chopped,” chose Leawood’s Park Place two years ago to launch his new restaurant concept, Mestizo. It is a beautiful space with glass tiled pillars, a custom Tree of Life sculpture behind the bar area and a wall of windows overlooking Barkley Square. However, few people have ventured upstairs to the second-story space above the restaurant—until now.

The Rooftop at Mestizo, opening this month, overlooks the Park Place ice terrace and a sea of twinkling lights at nighttime. It’s a short elevator ride or stair climb from the main restaurant but was underutilized until now due to its open-air feel (we all know KC weather is unpredictable). However, the venue recently underwent a makeover. Mestizo now features a retractable rooftop, allowing its upstairs space to be enclosed for winter events. The space can be customized for any occasion, whether it’s a business meeting or company holiday party.

Accessible to up to 140 people at a time, the Rooftop at Mestizo has a full bar and a mix of booth, table and high-top seating. Covered parking is just across the street. Group functions can choose between buffet-style food service or plated dinners with a great selection of food, be it lobster and scallop ceviches, house-made butternut squash tamales or an assortment of non-traditional salsas. Sánchez even came up with a short list of holiday-inspired dishes not available in the main restaurant, but prepared only for custom parties on the rooftop.

In addition to its event opportunities, the Rooftop at Mestizo will be open after Jan. 1 for daily Happy Hours from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with live entertainment and food and drink specials. From intimate toasts among a gathering of colleagues to important business meetings for out-of-town guests, The Rooftop at Mestizo offers a fresh choice in a cozy-casual setting with distinctive service and cuisine.

Story by Nicole Northern  |  Photographs by J. Robert Schraeder