Arbor Lodging Partners, owner of the historic Hotel Phillips, announced a partnership with Chicago-based DMK Restaurants this summer, to develop a brand new restaurant concept in Kansas City. Arbor Lodging Partners and Hotels Phillips revealed new details about the concept, including innovative menu items for hotel and restaurant guests to indulge in, and the name: Tavernonna Italian Kitchen.
Tavernonna aims to celebrate the rich, varied history of Italian food, wine, and cocktails, by using fresh, simple ingredients to create both traditional and contemporary dishes that entice the senses. Five-time James Beard-nominated Chef, Michael Kornick of DMK Restaurants has sourced ingredients from local farms and vendors to be celebrated throughout the menu, giving the restaurant a clear sense of its locality while honoring the distinctive ingredients rooted in Italy.
“Our goal is to develop memorable sensory experiences for locals and tourists alike; from music, to food, to décor, we want patrons to have a feeling of limitless options in a timeless space,” says Vamsi Bonthala, co-founder and CEO of Arbor Lodging Partners. “Tavernonna will honor the simplicity, versatility and quality of Italian cooking, while bringing an array of unique dishes and flavor profiles.”
Behind every Tavernonna dish is ambition, passion, heritage, creativity, style, and inspirational local culture and knowledge to cater to Kansas City and visiting diners. Restaurant and hotel guests can anticipate playful dishes such as:
Breakfast: Fervere Bread, sourced in Kansas City, and House made focaccia with honey ricotta, butter, sea salt, and house made jams
Lunch: BLT Flatbread with smoked bacon, Tuscan kale, tomatoes and mozzarella
Happy Hour: Crudo (Raw Bar) including daily oyster selections, fluke, and salmon
Dinner: House-made ravioli with goat cheese, tomato fondutta, and mint pesto
Dessert: Chocolate with Tuscan olive oil and sea salt on grilled bread
Tavernonna will release additional details such as an opening date, venue décor and finalized food, cocktail and wine menus in the coming months.
“Our goal has always been to create the most crave-able dishes in every city we embark on—we’ve done this in Chicago and now we’re excited to do the same in Kansas City,” says David Morton, co-owner of DMK. “Hotel Phillips provides an experience unlike any other in the city and Tavernonna will honor and complement its unique style, by taking restaurant guests on an exciting, palatable journey they’ll want to experience again and again.”