KC restaurant reopens after deadly explosion

Photo Credit: Keith Myers / Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An upscale Kansas City restaurant leveled by a gas explosion that killed one worker and injured several others will reopen next week less than a block from its original location.

Brothers Jimmy and David Frantze, owners of JJ’s restaurant, have spent nearly a year recreating the original restaurant in a 5,000-square-foot lobby space of a new 10-story building. The Kansas City Star reports that JJ’s also will have a 1,600-square-foot patio.

A natural gas leak caused the February 2013 explosion that killed server Megan Cramer, destroyed the restaurant and damaged two neighboring buildings.

The new space will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Although the blast happened 20 months ago, more than 90 percent of JJ’s 35 former employees are returning.






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