Justin Norcross, Dan Myers and Keenan Nichols consider themselves lucky. The three partners opened Lucky Boys, a grown-up clubhouse and bar, in Kansas City earlier this year; it’s named after their own real-life hangout where they’d work on their motorcycles, listen to music, have a drink and a bite, and relax.
Norcross delivers the culinary talent while Myers displays confident bartending skills and the gift of gab; Nichols designed its wall décor, logos and menu, and his musical background and soundtrack skills will have you singing along in your seat.
Located in the former Grandma’s Bar & Grill space in the stockyards district of the West Bottoms, the small kitchen offers lunch and dinner. Norcross says he’s hoping the restaurant can offer something different in the neighborhood: quick, inexpensive meals made with high-quality ingredients with a chef’s approach, as well as a dive bar for local workers to come in for a bite, maybe stay for a drink or two after a shift.
You’ll find a solid cast of well drinks with quality booze and working man’s beer on tap; there might be a drink special or two offered, but nothing too fancy.
The menu is inspired by the owners’ favorite bar snacks they enjoyed while traveling across North America. Norcross’ grandmother lives in Louisville, Kentucky, so in homage to her pronunciation, look for “Lou-vohl” hot chicken, as well as a catfish basket with fries and housemade caper remoulade, Canadian poutine, Nashville hot chicken and a juicy patty melt.
Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Lucky Boys, 1615 Genessee St., West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.442.8131, facebook.com/Lucky-Boys-1659892430924006