The Rieger Decides to Scale Back Service

One of Kansas City’s best restaurants announces a major change.

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange has made quite an impression on the Kansas City culinary scene in the last few years. Chef Howard Hanna was recently named a nominee for the James Beard Award – Best Chef: Midwest Category, and general manager Tony Glamcevski prided himself on acquiring some of the best service staff available in the city. Volumes of praise in the press and by word of mouth kept The Rieger on the tip of every fine diner’s tongue.

Unfortunately for The Rieger’s ardent regulars, Hanna and Glamcevski announced a major change to their service late Monday night on their Facebook page:

“After a lot of thought, number crunching, evaluation of our business and the way we want to continue to grow, we have decided to stop serving lunch after this week,” read the post.

“Starting next Monday, March 3rd, we will open the doors at 3:00 pm, and roll out a new Happy Hour menu that features killer drink specials, and expanded food options that will keep a few of our lunch favorites alive. Thanks to our neighbors and wonderful regulars who have enjoyed our a la carte lunch service – we hope to see you for happy hour, dinner, or to talk to you about private luncheons when you have a need for a mid-day event. Please stay tuned for details on our new bar menu items!

The reduction in service hours at The Rieger will hopefully allow Hanna to focus on his latest venture, a champagne bar called Ça Va, which is poised to open in Westport on Friday, Feb. 28.