Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CLOSED: Dog Nuvo in the Crossroads

As reported earlier this week by the Kansas City Star, Dog Nuvo in the Crossroads district has closed their doors.  With favorable reviews and a pretty decent buzz, a lawsuit against current owners Harry Blasco and Marshall Roth ultimately cut the legs out from under their burgenoning weiner empire.  Below is the story from the Star with some more details on the demise of midtown's favorite gourmet hot dog place. 

Here is the article by Joyce Smith of the Star:

A year after opening, Dog Nuvo has closed in the Crossroads Arts District.
Dog Nuvo’s owners could not be reached for comment.

The upscale hot dog shop — which served such items as Boeuf bourguignon on an artisan bun with pinot noir-flavored mustard — closed last week, according to landlord Brad Nicholson. Nicholson has since had several inquiries about the space at 1724 Main St., mostly from food operations, some who are interested in combining the 1,000-square-foot space with a 1,000-square-foot space to the north.

Dog Nuvo partners Harry Blasco and Marshall Roth previously worked for Independence lawyer and developer Ken McClain and his McClain Restaurant Group.

In September 2010, McClain filed a lawsuit against Blasco, Roth and their investors, citing misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation. McClain, who owns several retail shops and restaurants on Independence Square, said he came up with the idea for a hot dog restaurant called Up

Dog after eating at similar upscale hot dog operations around the country.

Roth claims the upscale hot dog concept was his idea.

Sources said the lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in mid-December unless a settlement can be reached.

After losing two of his top chefs, McClain said he also had to postpone the opening of Up Dog. It recently had a soft opening at 114 N. Liberty St., Independence.

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