the kansas city star: winery gets tasting room in revived telegram building
From The Kansas City Star:
The West Bottom’s Telegram building once grandly looked out over herds of cattle in the Kansas City Stockyards.
But over the years it had fallen into disrepair, some of its windows closed with cinderblocks, its two-story atrium covered over to make two more-functional floors.
Most people drove right past the building at 1505 Genessee St. without a glance as they headed to Kemper Arena or the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge. But West Bottoms redeveloper Bill Haw saw the building’s great bones, its limestone and brick façade, and the double rams-head sculptures over the front door, and he took it on as his latest project.
Now Amigoni Urban Winery is scheduled to open its tasting room and event space there at 11 a.m. Friday.
Owners Michael and Kerry Amigoni have been operating their tasting room in the back of the Livestock Exchange Building since October of 2007, but the winery’s sales have grown annually, and it needed a bigger, more high-profile space with frontage on the street.
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