The Kansas City Originals exists to promote dining in local independent area restaurants, to provide diners with a unique local flavor and to raise awareness of independent restaurants both locally and nationally.

Local restaurants like local bookstores, hardware stores, and coffee shops support their communities. The dollars spent in local restaurants stay in Kansas City and local restaurants support vital local charities. Passionate individuals develop local restaurants. These individuals are driven by a desire to offer something unique and exciting both to our local patrons and to the guests who visit our city.

The Kansas City Originals believe that a vibrant, independent restaurant community makes our city a better place to live. A vibrant local restaurant community increases a city’s culinary and cultural strength. Kansas City is a city with a unique flavor, a flavor we can all be proud of. Local restaurants ensure that this local flavor continues to be delivered. It is our hope that you take a moment to think about this important issue and support all those things that make Kansas City unique, a source of pride and, above all, a great city to live in.


Greg Hunsucker
V’s Italiano Ristorante

Kathy Halstead

Chris Carle
Coach’s Bar and Grill

Rewards Program
Chris Youngers

Marketing & Branding Coordinator
Elaina Reisman

Chris Youngers


    Membership Requirements
    Restaurant must be within 50 miles of downtown Kansas City, MO
    Restaurant must be privately held and locally owned
    Restaurant cannot be a franchise outside Kansas City
    Restaurant must have been open one year
    High quality establishment and clean, healthy work environment
    Access to local rewards cardholders (35,000 in KC area)
    Inclusion in monthly KC Originals email newsletter
    Several management tools available through the rewards program such as customer database, email tool, and promotions
    Quality control surveys
    Cooperative marketing
    Listing on local KC Originals website
    ** Fees **
    Dues to the Kansas City Originals are $300 per quarter
    The admin fee for the rewards program is $99 per month
    One time set-up fee for the rewards program of $150
    Participation Requirements
    Regular attendance at monthly chapter meetings
    Periodic marketing programs as agreed on by the chapter
    PowerCard rewards program including the rewards card, gift cards, and VIP Cards giving employees of member restaurants 25% discount at any other member restaurant
    Spot in KCO’s Savor Magazine
    Optional Participation
    Kansas City Star Dining Program
    Other co-marketing opportunities