Guitar and Cadillac music venue to return to JoCo

Mitch Kerns and Jack Hanrahan, founders of Guitars and Cadillacs, are reviving the once popular music venue for a new location in Rosana Square in Overland Park.

Mitch Kerns and Jack Hanrahan, founders of Guitars and Cadillacs, are reviving the once popular music venue for a new location in Rosana Square in Overland Park.

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Kansas City-area favorite guitars and Cadillacs are back at once.

The live country music venue and ballroom — which has had locations in the Northland, Olathe, and Westport areas — plans to open a 10,000-square-foot space at Rosanna Square, 7312 West 119th Street, Overland Park, July 28.

It will host local and regional bands on a regular basis, as well as national shows, and will give dance lessons.

The owners will also have a separate piano bar, Tequila Flats at Guitars & Cadillacs, with access via the main venue.

There will be a cover fee for entry—from $5 to $10 depending on the law—and it will cost national businesses more. Both spaces will also be available for special events.

Two of the original Guitars & Cadillacs founders, Mitch Kerns and Jack Hanrahan, are involved in the new operation. They started talking about bringing back the popular country music venue five years ago and were scouting locations before the pandemic.

“It’s amazing how many people remember it,” Kearns said. “When I put on my Guitars & Cadillacs shirt, people ask if he will come back. One of our bank tellers said his parents met there.”

The menu will include macaroni and cheese, stuffed nachos, Ahi Street tuna tacos, sliders, flatbreads, pastries, and waffle cones (with a choice of pulled pork, pulled chicken, burnt ends, philly and pepper steak, or popcorn shrimp).

“We hope that the waffle cones will become our signature ingredient, some kind of fun. And there’s no fried food,” Cairns said.

It will also feature a retail store selling Guitars & Cadillacs-branded T-shirts, glassware, key chains, badges and hats.

Hours of operation will be 5pm to midnight on Wednesday, and 5pm to 2am from Thursday to Saturday. On Sundays from 4 to 10 pm there will be a “family night” where children can have free dance lessons.

Guitars & Cadillacs was incorporated in Westport in 1988. Locations later opened in Northland, Overland Park, Branson, Springfield, Joplin, Omaha, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa.

“The leases went up or we sold them,” Kearns said. “But I think country music is bigger today than it was in 1988, and it was received more broadly, 60,000 people at Kenny Chesney. It’s great music, the genre works.”

Rosana Square was formerly a successful entertainment district, One Block South, with country music and more. But it was closed during the pandemic and never opened again.

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Joyce Smith has covered restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates news tips.

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