by Mary Rupert
Quite a few changes have been made at the Dotte Spot Bar and Grill, 8123 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.
The former Sunset Bar and Grill’s name was changed when new owners bought it in March. Besides the name change, there have been some changes to the menu, as well as new paintings and new bar stools, according to Marcie Huckaby, one of the new owners.
The menu now offers lots of different types of hamburgers, including a “build your own burger,” she added. It still has some of the traditional sandwiches, salads and appetizers.
The Dotte Spot also has added a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., which it didn’t offer before, she said.
Huckaby, who has worked there for 18 years, bought the place with Eric and Melissa Nead. Melissa Nead has worked at the bar and grill for eight years.
“Melissa and I have both worked here a long time, and we love the place,” Huckaby said. “When the opportunity presented itself, we knew we had to jump at it, we knew we could not let it pass us by.”
It’s still a family business, and there are lots of families who come there with their children, she added.
From a family with a long history of small business ownership in Wyandotte County, Huckaby said her father and grandfather owned several businesses, including the former Huckaby Ambulance.
Former Sunset owner Tim Kaminski will devote more time to his other bar, Shark’s Cove, in Basehor, and to his family, she said. He owned the Sunset bar for 13 years. Before that, it was known as the Board Room.
Why the name change from Sunset to Dotte Spot?
“We love it, we’re proud Dottes,” Huckaby said. “We couldn’t have come up with a better name, in our opinion.”
The bar and grill isn’t usually open on Sundays, but this Sunday, June 7, it has a special event planned. A car show will be held in the parking lot starting at 11 a.m., with the public invited to bring their cars and bikes for the free show. There is no registration fee. The bar and grill will be open during the show.