Three Restaurants  We Said Goodbye to This Year

KC’s food scene saw tremendous growth this past year, but there were a few favorites that shuttered their doors and deserve a proper send-off. Here are a few area restaurants we said goodbye to this year.

Whether it was your first meet-up of the night or the final shot of the evening, the Drunken Worm was a classic stop for any great night out. Its absence—and its massive margs, expansive tequila list and large plates of authentic tacos—will surely be felt. 

A Strawberry Hill staple, Mockingbird Lounge was considered one of the neighborhood’s best-kept secrets. Their craft cocktails and brunches were just a small part of what made Mockingbird Lounge a front runner in the revitalization of Strawberry Hill’s food scene. They announced their closure the same day as the Drunken Worm, and patrons took to Facebook to remember the restaurant’s drag shows and comedy nights.

From its black and red exterior to its neon ‘Poio’ sign, Poio Mexican BBQ added flair to every fire-cooked meal they served. The KCK establishment is remembered for its grilled chicken boxes, which were catered event staples. Poio went out with a bang, and patrons were able to celebrate the restaurant and their staff at Poio’s farewell party in April, where they served one final dinner

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