Swagger (8431 Wornall) in Waldo has closed. The Pitch broke the story last week and The Kansas City Star reports today that owner Derek Boone made the decision to close the restaurant after losing a breach of contract lawsuit over Irezumi Body Art — a tattoo shop that never opened in the Power & Light District. Boone also apparently owes rent on the Irezumi tattoo parlor at 8441 Wornall Road and back taxes.
Boone and his brother Dustin Craighead opened Swagger in 2008 and two years later, the bar and grill was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (see the video here). The brothers opened a second location at 13401 Holmes in Martin City in April 2012, but closed it after only 13 months of operation.
Swagger was a craft beer bar with an expansive list and the right glassware before the idea became trendy in Kansas City. The chili cheese fries made with Flying Monkey chili were worth the price of admission and the burgers were events onto themselves. The Dead Texan was a bacon cheeseburger topped with an egg and stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Suribachi burger was tempura-battered, deep-fried and smothered in Sriracha chili sauce, pepper jack cheese and wasabi slaw.
But Swagger could still return in the future. The Star reported that Boone is “meeting with local investors today who may want to reopen Swagger.”[Image via Facebook: Swagger]