Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed!

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2019/10/11 02:13:36 (permalink)

Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed!

Okay, every word in the title is true, but not quite as devastating as it sounds.
 
Yes, the Fairview, KS location is permanently closed, but there are still two other locations going strong, including the historic Oak Ridge Manor outpost up north.  The short story involves a landlord dispute.  For the longer version, read the article linked above.
 
The significance of the closure is that the Fairview location was the replacement site for the original roadhouse at 85th & Troost after it was closed for a road expansion project more than a decade ago.  So it was kinda near and dear to the hearts of anyone who was a regular patron of that spot.  After it was gone, the Fairview location served as a touchstone to the past.
 
And now it's gone too.
 
Keep your fingers crossed for the remaining two KC locations, and a third in Wichita.  Based on the conflict outlined in the article, it's unclear if the problem is actually the landlord's fault, or poor management by Stoud's current owners.
 
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    buffetbuster
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed! 2019/10/11 08:21:38 (permalink)
    Are you trying to give me a heart attack first thing in the morning!!!😳
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed! 2019/10/11 08:37:34 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse
    Based on the conflict outlined in the article, it's unclear if the problem is actually the landlord's fault, or poor management by Stroud's current owners.

    Unfortunately the story doesn't spell out the ownership situations for the other restaurants; it sounds as if they might possibly be different from those of the Fairview, Independence and Omaha locations (which include "equity partner" KC Hopps Ltd).
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed! 2019/10/11 09:23:27 (permalink)
    My takeaway from the article is that the Oak Ridge Manor location is the only one left under "original" management, whatever that means; certainly not the folks who started the first location at 85th & Troost back in 1933.  The Overland Park location seems to be part of the KC Hopps, Ltd. partnership.  IIRC, the Wichita franchise was always a separate operation.
     
    And yeah, the title might be a bit hyperbolic, but there is cause for concern, IMO.  As the article states, this is the third Stroud's location to shut down in the last three years.  I think the key paragraph in the article was this:
     
    MREM issued this statement: “Contrary to the notice that (KC Hopps president) Ed Nelson put out – Stroud’s chose to shut down operations despite having a contractual lease obligation though March 2022. Landlord is pursuing KC Hopps for back rent owed and future lease obligations correspondingly. There is no truth to Stroud’s being shut down due to ‘development’ and the referenced ‘needed repairs’ are a direct result of tenant’s unwillingness, or inability, to make the necessary investment in its premises.”
     
    That "back rent" comment is very telling.  We were regular customers at the Fairview location whenever we were in town.  It was always packed.  There was no reason for them to close up other than bad management. 
     
    We'll see what happens to the Overland Park location, also owned by KC Hopps.  Hopefully the Oak Ridge Manor site, under separate management, won't fall prey to the same problems.
     
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed! 2019/10/11 11:39:55 (permalink)
    Oh man, this scared the crap out of me.  Stroud's is a consistent stop whenever we visit KC.  Best homestyle chicken dinner on earth, bar none.   
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed! 2019/10/11 12:36:17 (permalink)
    You sir, are an @$$.
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes KC: Stroud's Is Closed! 2019/10/11 15:06:44 (permalink)
    the grillman
    Oh man, this scared the crap out of me.  Stroud's is a consistent stop whenever we visit KC.  Best homestyle chicken dinner on earth, bar none.   
    Amen to that!
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