New Craft and Espresso Cafe Opens at KC Crossroads



A garage door and indoor plants adorn the interior of Slow Bar in the Crossroads.

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Slow Bar, a craft brew and espresso cafe, is now open at Carrefour.

It has taken up space on the first floor of the Jones Gallery, at 1717 Walnut St., and will offer coffee drinks and hand-baked pastries from Kansas City’s Blackhole Bakery.

Owner Josh Bella said the setup is designed to “provoke a conversation with our coffee professionals behind the bar.”

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Josh Bella, owner of The Slow Bar, tests an espresso before opening at Crossroads on Friday. Emilie Curiel [email protected]

“Customers will be able to watch the process from the grind to the cup,” he said.

It opened softly for the art gallery event on the first Friday in April, then planned to open officially on Monday. The remodeled space was once the gallery lobby.

The Slow Bar has opened in the former lobby of the Jones Gallery. Emilie Curiel [email protected]

Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for now, as Bella measures foot traffic and demand. It will also be open on the first Friday evening and may later offer weekend brunch.

Josh Bella, owner of Slow Bar at Crossroads. Emilie Curiel [email protected]

Bella had been a partner at an Independence coworking space that offered coffee, The Common House. But he moved on to focus on the coffee side of the business.

This story was originally published April 1, 2022 5:30 p.m.

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Joyce Smith has been covering restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.


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