Martin City in Mission Farms? One of many projects the owner of Martin City Brewing Company has going on.
On the move with Matt Moore
By Kathy Feist
It was Monday morning and Matt Moore, owner of the Martin City Brewing Co. and many other enterprises in Martin City, had pulled an all-nighter. After getting the Martin City Pizza store ready for next day’s business, he had spent most of the night at the new store about to open at Mission Farms in Leawood. Moore looked tired but he scoffed at the notion of taking a nap. He had a long list of things to do that day, enough to make anyone tired. Fortunately for Telegraph readers, he spared a moment to talk about his new projects.
The 4th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp Boil held May 5 starts at 4 pm at the Martin Event Space, 135th & Holmes. The event celebrates the opening anniversaries of his two businesses: the Brew Pub in February and Martin City Pizza in June. “We split the difference and decided to have it the first Saturday in May,” he says.
This year it falls on both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. A Kentucky Derby watch party will be incorporated into the event along with music and newly released craft beers. Moore is especially proud that proceeds from the event will go toward Michael Darby’s favorite charity, Tour de Hope. Darby, who owned Coach’s Bar and Grill, was fatally shot while walking his dogs along Indian Creek last summer.
By the end of May, a second Martin City Pizza will open at Mission Farms at 107th and Mission Rd. “The second location will expand our brand,” said Moore. Moore hopes to open more locations throughout the metropolitan area, much like another Martin City original, Jack Stack Barbecue. “This is just a start,” he says. “We are spreading our wings.”
The restaurants will have similar menus and serve the brewery’s famous list of craft beers.
Beads Galore Property
Moore has purchased the former Beads Galore building which was also once a drive-through Hardees located at 200 E. 135 St. (near RC’s). He had originally intended to expand Martin City Pizza into the space, but the plans have been tabled. For now, Moore has leased a small corner of the property to Tropical Sno, which has relocated from its spot at the car wash on Holmes Rd. As far as the building, Moore is now looking to lease it out. “If someone has some great thought as to what to do with it, I’d rent it out to them tomorrow!” he said.
40 Bottles of Beer
When asked to tout his newest beer, the question became “which one?” Moore says the brewery has created 40 different kinds of new beers. A new brew usually come out monthly. The latest two at time of writing are Radical Candor Double Indian Pale Ale which came out in March and MC Pale Ale, a beer with 5.4 percent alcohol, which debuted in April.
Yoga Beer and Wine
Moore and his wife Kara also run The Martin Event Space at 135th and Holmes. On top of private events and fundraisers, the Event Space has combined monthly yoga classes with beer and wine tastings. The next Yoga Beer and Wine event is May 17 at 7 pm and will feature wines from Aubrey Vineyards.