The Cashew opened on May 6th, 2005. Founder, Richard Alan Kenny, established The Cashew with two of his close friends. At the time, Rich also owned The Peanut, Kansas City’s oldest bar, located at 5000 Main St, which opened in 1933. Rich and his partners agreed to open something similar to The Peanut, but wanted it to be more upscale, thus, “The Cashew” name. Rich and his partners loved the Crossroads Art District location. As a result, The Cashew has become the “place to be” for every First Friday.
On January 31st, 2007, Rich passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. From his roots in Letcher, South Dakota, Rich learned to play Cribbage, a game that he loved and taught many people to play. Every year on August 20th, Rich’s birthday, or “Richmas,” The Cashew hosts a memorial Cribbage Tournament in his honor benefiting the American Cancer Society. Everyone is welcomed to come and play. Rich is deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him. Rich’s partners still own The Cashew today.
About the Building
Our building was constructed in 1914 for C.F. Morse, who served as President of the Stock Yards Bank and who was an associate and representative in Kansas City of Boston capitalists, such as Charles Francis Adams. The original tenant of the building was the Fisk Rubber Company of New York. Since that time, it has gone through many tenants. It has been everything from a manufacturer’s representative building, Finn’s Exotic Boot Store, Carrol Seating (a church and school seating and cabinet store), and loft apartments. This building has seen many different businesses come and go, but with any luck (and with the help of our crack staff), it will remain The Cashew for a very long time.
Our Event Space
The best kept secret in Kansas City, 2000 Grand is located just upstairs. This newly renovated urban loft setting offers an intimate environment for wedding receptions, corporate functions, or social gatherings with capacity to cater to groups of 25 to 500 people.
The overhead doors offer a unique open air environment, with all of the amenities of an indoor space. Select from one of our delicious menu options created by the same people behind the popular cuisine at The Cashew. Our event space is fully equipped with television screens, iPod docks and video hookups, to enhance your company’s presentations, or to personalize your special event. You can toast the night away with a cocktail from one of our skilled bartenders while enjoying one of the most spectacular views of the downtown skyline. With ample parking, state of the art presentation equipment, exquisite cuisine, and our attentive staff, 2000 Grand will be the perfect place to host your next event.