Tuesday, Oct. 02 2012 6:08PM
Rumors abruptly closes, new concept planned
Summit Grill and Bar will move in
By Toriano Porter
Summit Grill and Bar co-owners Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy have been in business together for years, so no one could blame them for the outright enthusiasm for their latest venture.
The pair will open the new American-style cuisine restaurant at 4835 N.E. Lakewood Way in Lee’s Summit at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 in the space that formerly housed Rumors Steakhouse. Rumors closed its doors this week.
Lock and Molloy, the restaurant’s executive chef, officially took over this week.
“I actually live in Lee’s Summit and it’s a community-based decision,” Lock said Oct. 2 of the pair’s decision to purchase the establishment. “I’ve been with McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant a long time and had an opportunity to get back involved in the community and own a restaurant here in Lee’s Summit. I always promised myself if the opportunity ever arose that I would take advantage of it. Love the people in this area, great clientele, great staff, I’m just ready to get back involved and be a part of Lee’s Summit again.”
Molloy said the menu will feature classic American staples such as steak, chicken and burgers, and the pair promised one of the best happy hours in the metropolitan area.
“It’s definitely going to be a grill-style menu,” Molloy said. “Classic American grill. We’re going to have great hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, pot roast – it’s definitely a menu that if you don’t find something on there that you don’t want to eat then we are going to have to work harder in finding it.”
Lock and Molloy purchased the restaurant from Merlyn Vandervort. Attempts to reach Vandervort Oct. 2 for comment were unsuccessful, but in a response to the Journal’s inquiry via Facebook, Vandervort said the dining space is in good hands. Vandervort opened Rumors Steakhouse in January of 2010.
“The new owners have some exciting changes in mind, and I’m very confident that they will continue the great success we began two years ago,” Vandervort said. “I wish them the very best.”
Lock added Summit Grill and Bar will honor gift cards purchased from Rumors through the end of 2012.
“What’s really unique about this whole scenario is that I can tell you anytime that there is a situation like this where one separate entity takes over for a different entity they never honor the gift cards,” Lock said. “We feel like it’s so important that we have good will and build faith with the folks around here, (so) any kind of electronic gift card that has been issued from Rumors restaurant we’re going to take in our restaurant until he first of the year. We feel it’s important to do that just as a form of faith.”