Reppin’ KC: Alan Gaylin

Alan Gaylin’s good taste and Bread & Butter Concepts give us plenty of reasons to dine out.

Get to know Alan Gaylin, one of the men elevating Kansas City who we’re highlighting in our Reppin’ KC series.

Story by Alex Hoffman  |  Photos by Landon Vonderschmidt

The Prairie Village burger joint BRGR started it all for Alan Gaylin in a tenuous economic climate, and since then, his family of restaurants has grown steadily.

BRGR’s neighbor in Corinth Square, Urban Table, is hugely popular for Sunday brunch. The outdoor patio is always rocking at Gram & Dun, the gastropub in the old Parkway 600 space on the Plaza. And Taco Republic, which opened in 2013 in KCK, is a place that’s near and dear to Gaylin.

“I grew up in Texas, and we ate Mexican food twice a week. Every week with my family, we went on Sundays and we went on Wednesdays because Wednesday was Enchilada Night,” says Gaylin, the founder and CEO of Bread & Butter Concepts. “We just grew up on it, and then I went to school at the University of Texas, and Austin is just known for all these roadside taco parks and taquerias. We probably ate Mexican food five times a week there, mainly because we couldn’t afford anything else. It was a way of life for me.

“As things got rolling and I started to expand the business and figure out what’s next, for me, I wanted to do a Mexican restaurant—a taco place.”

The Bread & Butter family is expanding: República, a restaurant with some Spanish flair, opened this year on the Country Club Plaza, and a new Italian concept, G. Berto Cucina, is set for a 2016 launch in Westwood.

“We don’t want to go in and be your everyday ‘other place,’” Gaylin says. “We want to bring different and unique things to the market.”