Remembering Putsch's 210



Putsch's 210 in its heyday
Not quite a month ago, we found a historical document for the Fat City archives: a full-color postcard of the long-forgotten Salzberg Haus from the 1970s, proving that Kansas City did have a Viennese restaurant long before the Grunauer family opened its namesake restaurant in the Freighthouse District.

In that same Fat City post, another postcard, pictured here, from the Fat City archives was displayed.


It depicts the dining room of what had once was Kansas City's

fanciest restaurant. Located on the Country Club Plaza -- where the

Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao now resides and, before that, Fedora

Bar and Cafe and the short-lived George Brett's restaurant -- this

upscale venue was a very big deal in the 1950s and '60s.

I've only heard stories of the glory of Putsch's 210 -- created by

Jud Putsch, the restaurateur who also created a series of popular

cafeterias that also sported his name -- but Fat City reader Charles

Ballew wrote in with some great memories of the restaurant:

"I remember the fantastic gold service -- the best of everything in Kansas City. Everything was wheeled on a cart, table-side, and finished at the table. They served all the famous flaming desserts: Crepes Suzette, Cherries Jubilee, Bananas Foster. There was also a strolling violinist, Louis Cina, who wandered from table to table while a pianist accompanied him on a grand piano located in a little niche...

It was all very elegant, sort of New York City supper club sophisticated. Most Kansas Citians wouldn't know how to behave in a place like that today...My favorite entrees were the curried shrimp and the Shrimp Creole and I loved the condiments of corn relish and watermelon rind served in a sterling silver relish container with the salads, which were prepared tableside."




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