Michael Corvino to Open First Restaurant

Chef Michael Corvino will open a new Crossroads restaurant with wife Christina.

Michael Corvino’s next move is no longer a mystery. The executive chef of The American announced he would be leaving the restaurant in August ahead of its transition to a pop-up dining experience and events venue and now has plans to open Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room, his first restaurant, with wife Christina in early 2017.

“I knew after my tenure at The American that the time would be right to open my own restaurant. Christina and I considered different cities, and Seattle quite seriously, but one day we just looked at each other and agreed there was no where else we wanted to be than Kansas City,” Michael said in a statement.

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Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room will be located on the first floor of the historic Corrigan Station in the Crossroads. The building is currently being renovated by Copaken Brooks and 3D Development, and developers wanted it to include an upscale restaurant.

“We hoped to find a chef-driven restaurant tenant that could really maximize the incredible first floor space, and having one with such a strong background that is locally owned and supported is very exciting,” said Jon Copaken, co-developer and principal at Copaken Brooks.

The supper club will consist of a 90-seat dining room and 18-seat bar counter where guests can enjoy a seasonal menu of contemporary American small plates as well as a late night menu. Each night will feature live music, with multi-piece groups playing on weekends. A separated tasting room will seat up to 18 guests and feature Michael’s tasting menu of around a dozen courses offered along with wine pairings. The space will also showcase his skill as guests can watch while he and sous chefs interact in a semi-open kitchen.

Christina will focus on marketing and guest experience. The two partnered with another local couple, Jesse and Matthew Hufft of Hufft Projects, to design and build out the 5,320-square-foot space, which will highlight original concrete columns reaching up to the 16-foot ceilings.

“From looking at the incredible quality of their projects, we knew they were the right firm for the modern and soigné space we want to create,” Christina said. They’ve also retained local advertising agency Design Ranch. She adds, “We know our city is rich with creative talent and we’re going to tap into it as much as possible, from architecture to music to the art on our walls.”

The restaurant is backed by a group of local investors led by Greg Maday, part-owner of Sporting Kansas City, and his wife, Liz.

“I have always admired the culinary works of art that Michael creates,” Greg said. “We developed a friendship with Michael and Christina while chairing events for the Nelson-Atkins and Saint Luke’s, and were impressed with their creative genius and generosity for this city. To fold this power couple’s talents into a restaurant of this gastronomic experience will be incredible. I love Kansas City, and the Crossroads is home to my company headquarters. I find it the perfect place to work, relax, and eat in good company. The restaurant will cultivate a sophistication and culinary daring that Kansas City is ready for and will embrace.”

Michael’s last night at The American is set for Aug. 6th. The build out of Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room will begin in September, with soft openings tentatively planned for late January.