1.) Discovery Zone
The children’s wonderland featured gigantic ball pits, winding slides and elaborate indoor mazes. Then home video game systems took over, causing a whole generation of 90s kids to have no idea what the word “exercise” meant.
2.) Metcalf South Shopping Center
Parents spent their afternoons browsing the shops while the kids threw pennies into the extravagant indoor wishing fountains. And remember the unsettling feeling you had while walking into the Jones Store from the creepy north parking garage? Those were the days. #RIPMetcalfSouth
3.) FAO Schwarz
It wasn’t a shock when the high-end children’s toy store opened on the Country Club Plaza. But it was a surprise that the store closed so quickly. Apparently Midwesterners weren’t too fond of paying New York prices for over-sized stuffed animals that were manufactured for a nickel.
4.) KC Masterpiece
In the land of barbecue, only the strongest survive. Unfortunately KC Masterpiece didn’t quite have the “chops” to hang with the big boys, closing its doors in 2009. Luckily their delicious barbecue sauce can still be found at a grocery store near you.
5.) The Beaumont Club
One of the premier concert venues in Kansas City closed its doors in early 2013. Luckily for us, the space was converted into Char Bar, which quickly established itself as one of the best barbecue joints in the city. Sorry, KC Masterpiece. #TooSoon?
6.) Tippin’s Restaurant
Today people know Tippin’s as a baked goods supplier in KC-area grocery stores. But it wasn’t too long ago that Tippin’s was a full-service restaurant featuring delicious salads, homestyle cooking and the best pies in town. The restaurants may have passed on, but that French Silk Pie will always be a slice of heaven.
7.) White Castle
When “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” came out in 2004, Kansas Citians personally related to the duo’s quest for those mouth-watering mini burgers. The popular fast food chain left the KC area in 2001, and we’ve been mourning ever since (although our arteries have not).
8.) Mr. Bulky
Mr. Bulky was the place kids would go to spaz out on jawbreakers, gummy worms, jelly beans and chocolate. Fortunately, there was a really “fun” place nearby to burn off all that sugar …
9.) Fun Factory
Yup. It was like Fun Factory and Mr. Bulky were in cahoots. “All right, you fill ’em up with sugar, then send ’em over here to spend the rest of their allowance on ski ball and arcades.” Well played, places that are no longer in business. Well played.
10.) The Old Spaghetti Factory
A giant order of mizithra spaghetti, finished with a perfect scoop of spumoni ice cream … all while dining in a queen-sized bed or a vacant trolley. Was there a better way to get bloated?
11.) Figlio Tower
Featuring a private event space with a golden dome, Figlio was host to many a wedding reception and Bar Mitzvah party. Even though it’s gone, the Italian restaurant was a cornerstone of the Country Club Plaza for years. And to that, we say Mazel Tov.
12.) Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
This place laid the cheese on thick, and not just on its burgers. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant featured old-time memorabilia and a giant dance floor that was perfect for hardcore boogying.
13.) Aladdin’s Castle
Nothing like spending an afternoon grabbing a loose meat burger at Nu-Way before heading over to Aladdin’s Castle to play Sinistar or Punch-Out. And if you have any idea what those references mean, congratulations — you were a KC child of the 80s! #BadHairDontCare
The discount department store was perhaps best known as looking like a giant movie clapperboard. Unfortunately there’s been no “action” for several years; the chain went bankrupt in 1998 and shut down its stores shortly thereafter.
15.) Tony Gonzalez
OK, so he’s not technically a “place,” but dang we miss Tony G. #GOAT
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