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District Pour House + Kitchen

Paying homage to local relics and responding to guest preferences, District Pour House + Kitchen works its industrial chic aesthetic, locally sourced comfort food, and infused-spirits program.

District Pour House + Kitchen
Owner: Dan McCall and Jason Rourke
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Description: Local scratch kitchen with upscale tastes and a neighborhood feel.
Opened: September 2013

In hindsight, the owners of District Pour House + Kitchen realized their original concept for the popular Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant was off base.

“We had an idea of what we wanted the restaurant to be, but once we were open, it got steered in another direction,” says co-owner Dan McCall, who, along with partner Jason Rourke, initially envisioned a sports-themed operation.

“We wanted more televisions, but that didn’t happen and never will,” says McCall. He spent the first few months intently listening to guests. “An awful lot of our customers were telling us exactly what we needed to work on instead of just feeding us BS,” he asserts. Apparently, an abundance of TV’s was not on the customers’ wish list.

McCall came up through back-of-the-house jobs and met Rourke, whose background is in the front of the house, seven years ago at a neighborhood bar. The two bonded over restaurant war stories, and a friendship ensued.

“We both were at the point in our careers where there wasn’t too much for us to learn, and we shared a lot of the same ideas,” recalls McCall. Once the notion to open a restaurant fully gelled, the duo wasted little time. Their scratch kitchen has tastes as varied as gumbo and street tacos, pork ribeye, and quinoa.

District Pour House opened in September 2013 on the site of two former restaurants with a long history in the Waldo area of Kansas City. “I heard about the restaurant space becoming available and was in there on a Saturday. We had the paperwork signed in 10 days,” says McCall.

With the help of McCall’s wife and father-in-law, who is an investor and construction engineer, the space was reborn. Jenny Meyer-McCall, Dan’s wife as well as a local artist, describes District Pour House as “industrial chic.” Indeed, with several artifacts from nearby locations, the space celebrates the surrounding environs.


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