Popular Westport Champagne Bar Is Closing…For Now. 

Former General manager Caitlin Corcoran pours a wine flight at Ca Va wine bar in Westport.

Champagne bar Ça Va, a Westport dining staple, announced in a recent press release that it will celebrate its 10-year anniversary by closing down. Temporarily, that is. 

“With this coming March marking the 10th anniversary of Ça Va, the decision was made to end this particular chapter and make some changes before launching into the next,” the press release states. 

Founding partners Howard Hanna and Jim Coley plan to rebrand Ça Va to showcase a more international food and beverage menu. Details for the relaunch will be given “in the near future,” but are slated for late March. To keep updated, follow the Ça Va’s Instagram, @cavakc. 

Hanna and Coley’s decision to rebrand Ça Va was due, in large part, to industry challenges faced during and post pandemic. Loyal followers of Chef Hanna will remember when the pandemic hit, he transformed his venerable Rieger restaurant into a community kitchen in an effort to keep his staff and pay their wages. When considering Ça Va’s staff wages, the founders tacked on a “hospitality fee” to offer competitive, living wages and benefits. 

“For Ça Va, as for many small, independent businesses in Kansas City, the difficulties of maintaining business volume never ceased to be challenging post pandemic,” states the press release.

The Champagne bar will celebrate its 10th anniversary the weekend of March 1st, 2024. The final night of service will be Saturday, March 9. Hours of operation until then are Wednesday through Saturday, 4 pm to close and Sunday brunch 11 am to 3 pm.

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