Alex Pope, nationally acclaimed Kansas City chef and restaurateur, creates new dining concept in downtown’s Power & Light District

Chef-driven restaurant will open late February

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 22, 2014) – The culinary ingenuity of Chef Alex Pope is coming to downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District with the addition of Cleaver & Cork, a new dining destination featuring a scratch kitchen and cocktail bar. It is anticipated to open on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1333 Walnut Street, in the heart of the Power & Light District.

Pope created Cleaver & Cork’s menu and will oversee its operations as culinary director. He gained his esteemed reputation under guidance from Kansas City James Beard Award-winning chefs, Debbie Gold and Celina Tio, at The American Restaurant and now owns the wildly popular Local Pig and Pigwich in Kansas City’s East Bottoms.

Joining Pope at the helm of Cleaver & Cork is Managing Partner Eric Willey. Willey has spent the past three years under the tutelage of Kansas City’s most recent James Beard Award winner, Colby Garrelts, at Bluestem.

Cleaver & Cork’s menus are a reflection of Pope’s focus on fresh, quality products sourced seasonally from local farmers and ranchers, along with fresh seafood flown in daily, and a cleverly curated cocktail list. Diners can look forward to dishes like Local Pig Sausage Soup, Zucchini Fritters, Bacon & Oyster Sandwich, Red Beet Risotto, Pork Osso Bucco and Dry-Aged KC Strip.

The handcrafted, artisanal cocktail menu is being developed by Bret Dieckhaus of The Kill Devil Club, recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Bars. Dieckhaus has successfully honed his skills from previous residence at Justus Drugstore, Nara and The Chesterfield.

The Kansas City Power & Light District’s local flavor now includes Cleaver & Cork, Tengo Sed Cantina, BRGR Kitchen & Bar, The Kill Devil Club, Bristol Seafood Grill, The Mixx, Johnny’s Tavern, The Dubliner, MeMa’s Bakery, Cosentino’s Market Downtown and Balsano’s Gelato Café. Twenty-two of the Power & Light District’s 47 tenants are now local, a statistic that gives District management great pride.