Port Fonda the Restaurant?!?!

By | December 2, 2011 at 7:32 am | No comments | Restaurant & Bar Openings, Restaurants + Bars | Tags: , ,

One of Kansas City’s best known and favorite food trucks may have found a permanent home in Westport.  The Pitch is reporting that Port Fonda’s chef/owner Patrick Ryan is teaming up with restaurantuer Dan Dotty.  Dotty was previously planning on opening Bario, a taqueria, with chef John McClure in Westport before McClure’s tragic passing earlier this year.  Now it looks like Dotty and Ryan will be teaming up to capitalize on Port Fonda’s sucess and give people a place to go year round. 

Below is the story from the Pitch about the Dotty / Ryan partnership:

Port Fonda’s Patrick Ryan partners with Dan Doty on a new Mexican concept in Westport

Chef Patrick Ryan is bringing his talents to Westport. 
Chef Patrick Ryan is bringing his talents to Westport.

It takes two to taco. Chef Patrick Ryan, the driving force behind the Airstream trailer/Mexican restaurant Port Fonda, is partnering with Dan Doty on an as-yet-unnamed Mexican concept.

The new restaurant will likely open by March of next year at 4141 Pennsylvania in Westport, where Doty had planned to build Barrio, a taqueria with the late John McClure.

“That something so tragic could present such a good opportunity, I’ve had mixed feelings about that,” Ryan says. “But I really don’t think there’s a better situation in all of Kansas City.”

The Port Fonda trailer, which sits parked in the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange parking lot most weekends, will close in mid-December for the season. It will reopen in the spring, but possibly in a new location, in an alley adjacent to the space on Pennsylvania Avenue. Ryan’s partner, Max Watson, would likely oversee the trailer, while Ryan cooks in the new restaurant.

“The trailer business is hyper-seasonal. This is a chance to move forward. It’s the perfect storm to create something good and successful,” Ryan says.

While the brick-and-mortar restaurant will continue to serve chilaquiles and tacos – the foundation of Port Fonda’s trailer menu – Ryan is also excited to expand on the plated dishes and specials that can be challenging to produce in the Airstream’s kitchen.

“As much success as we have had at the table and with our dinners, that’s what really shines. We want to continue to build on that type of food and experience,” Ryan says.

And while Ryan is quick to assert that his concept is not Barrio, he does want to honor his friend John McClure.

“We’ll have a nod to him. A drink or food item, something with his name and likeness fully on it,” Ryan says.

The space is in the process of being built out, and the new partnership team of Ryan and Doty is still securing investors. The duo intend to pursue a full liquor license and, at some point, a name.

“I’ve been part of restaurant openings, and usually you figure out the name first. Right now, there’s just so many other things to do,” Ryan says. “It’s going to be really, really amazing. Something totally unique to Kansas City.”

Barrio is holding a pop-up event at the 403 Club (403 N. Fifth St.) in Kansas City, Kansas, from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday, December 4. Pop-up taco nights were previously held at RecordBar and Twin City Tavern.

Posted by Jonathan Bender on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 8:52 AM

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