The Uptown barbecue restaurant 18th & Vine BBQ has signed on a big-name chef. Husband and wife Matt and Kimi Dallman have formed a partnership with chef Scott Gottlich of Second Floor fame.
The Dallmans are fulfilling a dream to open a Kansas City-style barbecue restaurant. They signed a lease in 2014 at 4100 Maple Ave., in what was going to be the Herrera's space, and plan to open in the fall.
Under the new arrangement, Dallman will serve as pitmaster, executing the Kansas City-style barbecue he grew up with as a KC native. Gottlich, who perhaps has more time on his hands since his fine-dining restaurant Bijoux closed in February, will give the menu a culinary flair.
"Traditional Kansas City barbecue will always be a part of the menu options for those interested in a pure barbeque experience," Dallman says in a release. "But with Scott, we are very excited about the opportunity to get creative by combining the talents and knowledge of a classically trained chef with a self-taught pit master to push the boundaries of what can be done with smoke and other barbecue techniques."
Gottlich was impressed by the Dallmans' devotion to the cuisine.
"They talked about the rich history of 18th and Vine in Kansas City and the possibilities of combining great music and incredible food served in a unique way," he says. That included nicer plating and presentation, to which Gottlich could relate.
"I never would have thought barbeque would be my next project, but it’s like it was meant to be," he says, and is looking forward to being part of a group "that isn't afraid to break the mold and push the envelope."
In addition to 18th & Vine BBQ, a full-service restaurant/bar with barbecue and a selection of seasonal, composed dishes, there'll also be an upstairs bar/live music venue called The Roost.