New Year’s Day Brunch & other weekend possibilities

weekend-123015Some of you will limp into 2016, while others arrive with a cold pressed juice in your hand. If you’ve got your juice, you don’t need further inspiration. If you feel like you’ve spent a few hours in the juice press, we’re here to help.

Magnolia’s (9916 Holmes Road) is hosting a Hangover Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Red velvet waffles will cure what ails you and the restaurant will tease some 2016 dishes. It’s reservation only, so call 816-521-6801. Bistro 303 (303 Westport Road) is hosting a Rehab Brunch starting at 11 a.m. They’ve got a Bloody Mary with a host of garnishes. Brunch starts early at Urban Table (8232 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas) and runs late, exactly what the doctor ordered. You can get grilled doughnuts with maple bacon praline syrup from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The RND Corner Grille has opened at 801 Massachusetts in Lawrence. The new spot, in the space last held by Intorno, trends American with starters like tater tots topped with house-made jalapeno cheese, a brussels sprouts salad with brown butter and sun-dried cherries, and an open-faced steak sandwich with tomato jam. The restaurant, owned and operated by Bret Spring and Zach Marten (the team behind Coal Vines and Westport Ale House in Kansas City), opens daily at 4 p.m.

Night Blooms Darkroom and Bookstore, Kansas City’s first public darkroom, is holding a grand opening party on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at 529 Southwest Boulevard. Photo geeks can geek out in the new shop while sipping Boulevard beer.

The Barley Bus Brewery Tours are rolling. The guided tours of local breweries include the Crossroads Quartet ($65) with stops at Big Rip, Cinder Block, Double Shift and Torn Label on Saturdays at 12:45 p.m.

It sounds like a children’s book, but Kansas City can’t keep its polar bear forever. The Kansas City Zoo is giving a proper send-off to Nikita — the polar bear is headed to a zoo in North Carolina — with three tons of ice on Saturday and Sunday. It’s like the world’s largest booze luge, sans booze.

There’s a lot of coffee experimentation happening right now in KC. Thou Mayest (419 E 18th Street) releases Barrel Series No. 5 — a collaboration with Amigoni Urban Winery — on Saturday. It’s Ethiopian coffee that’s been aged in Amigoni’s Cabernet-Franc barrels. They compare it to mulled wine. We’d say it’s definitely a winter warmer.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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