Just like Chicago, Bogey’s Windy City Pub has all kinds of sports

 

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Bogey’s Windy City owner Gary Withers has created an upscale sports bar complete with a mural of the Chicago skyline. Photo by Kathy Feist.

Bogey’s Windy City Opens

By Kathy Feist

At one time, Bogey’s Bar & Grill was geared for golfers who gathered there from nearby Blue Hills Country Club.

That changed two years ago when Gary Withers purchased the restaurant and changed the name to Windy City in honor of his hometown Chicago.

On Sept. 25 Withers officially opened the restaurant at its new location at 13170 State Line Rd., in Leawood, further distancing the restaurant from its original customer base, both physically and conceptually.

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Withers says he’s put Bogey’s logo back in the name, kept some of its popular menu items, and even featured a Ryder Cup brunch geared for golfers this past weekend. But beyond that the bar is changing toward a Chicago–and Kansas City–sports theme.

To Withers, Chicago represents a place that has all sports franchises. “It has football. It has hockey. It has two baseball teams, a pro basketball team and soccer,” he rattles off. That is what he wants his sports bar to reflect: a bar that features every sport.

Of course, most of it will be Kansas City or Chicago-based.

“If a Chicago fan came into the bar, he would see TVs networked to get all Chicago games,” he says. “And also Kansas City sports.”

When a Chicago native walks into the restaurant, he or she might be pleasantly surprised to find the city’s hometown brand, Vienna Beef, highly featured on the menu. “People say they have a Chicago hot dog, but really it’s just a hot dog dressed like a Chicago dog,” says Withers. “We bring in the real product.”

In addition to hot dogs, Bogey’s Windy City has a menu dedicated to Chicago sandwiches such as sliders, Italian beef sandwiches and sausage sandwiches. But Withers says customers like the hamburger menu best. Overall, Windy City has 100 items on its menu, which includes breakfast served on weekends. To visit the menu, go to windycitypub.net.

Bogey’s Windy City is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 913-491-4664.

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