J. Rieger & Co., the historic Kansas City based distillery, today announced its third onsite F&B outlet, Electric Park Garden Bar, will open at the distillery this fall. The 11,000 square foot Electric Park Garden Bar will offer two distinct spaces; a completely open-air patio bar and an adjoining atrium that will serve as an indoor and outdoor extension of the distillery’s tasting room.
“Electric Park Garden Bar was always a part of our original plan for the distillery campus,” says Andy Rieger, co-founder and president at J. Rieger & Co. “We really wanted to create a fun, energetic, and large outdoor gathering space that has the same level of excellence in food, beverage, and design that our guests have enjoyed in our indoor spaces since 2019.”
The open-air patio bar will have its own free-standing bar with a cocktail menu that is unique to the patio space using recognizable flavors, various classic cocktail styles, and nostalgic theme park and soda parlor references. Guests can expect a variety of serving formats such as frozen cocktails, boozy snow-cones, draft cocktails, and cocktail floats. The bar will also have its own food trailer that compliments the fun and casual vibe of the Electric Park Garden Bar with a range of unique but approachable offerings from J. Rieger & Co. Executive Chef Jordan Hayes. The new space will be open seasonally April through November and will be dog on leash friendly.
The atrium will serve as an extension of the J. Rieger & Co. tasting room with large glass windows that provide the ability for the space to be open-air or fully enclosed, weather permitting. Cocktails for guests will come from the tasting room and guests can order food from the Electric Park Garden Bar food trailer. The atrium will be open year-round and will follow the tasting room hours. A great space to watch any game, the atrium will offer lounge seating and three large TVs.
The space will be outfitted with turf, professional landscaping, and mature trees to create a park-like atmosphere, with reclaimed brick pavers that were once the road that ran through the property. The Electric Park Garden Bar will offer a variety of seating options including multiple 10-person fire pit areas, a swing set table, and lounge furniture. There will also be a corner pergola area that will provide a shaded gathering space that will be rentable for groups of up to 20 guests.
The name Electric Park Garden Bar draws on the historical significance of its location, once home to the historical amusement park that stood in the neighborhood from 1899-1906. Electric Park was owned and operated by the Heim brothers, who owned the Heim Brewery in the neighborhood, and bottled their beer in what is today the J. Rieger & Co. distillery building and is rumored to have inspired a young Walt Disney.
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