Chef Michael Corvino to Open His Inaugural Restaurant in Kansas City

Restaurant openings


August 4, 2016

Contact:          Christina Corvino

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Chef Michael Corvino to Open His Inaugural Restaurant in Kansas City

(KANSAS CITY, MO) – Chef Michael Corvino announces his first restaurant, Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room, which will open in Kansas City, Missouri, early 2017. Corvino will be located on the first floor of the historic Corrigan Station, 1828 Walnut, currently being renovated by Copaken Brooks and 3D Development.

Corvino arrived at The American in July 2013 as the executive chef, and took on the role of general manager the following year. He earned a rare four-star review by the Kansas City Star, was a 2015 Plate Magazine “Chef to Watch,” and was invited to cook at the James Beard Foundation house in New York City.

“I knew after my tenure at The American that the time would be right to open my own restaurant. Christina and I considered different cities, and Seattle quite seriously, but one day we just looked at each other and agreed there was no where else we wanted to be than Kansas City.” Corvino, a Walla Walla, Washington native, met his wife Christina via a fundraiser for Saint Luke’s Foundation. She is co-owner and will focus on marketing and guest experience.

Timing was right for Corrigan Station, which had wanted an upscale restaurant to reside on the first floor.  “We hoped to find a chef-driven restaurant tenant that could really maximize the incredible first floor space, and having one with such a strong background that is locally owned and supported is very exciting,” said Jon Copaken, co-developer and principal at Copaken Brooks.

The restaurant will consist of a 90-seat main dining room and bar, the Supper Club, which will center around a seasonal menu of shared plates, described as approachable contemporary American food. The 18-seat bar counter will have a large viewing window into the kitchen. There will be live music each night, soft solo artists during the main dinner hours, and multi-piece groups later on weekend nights, tapping into Kansas City’s jazz history. A late night menu will also be available until 1 a.m. on the weekends. The Tasting Room is completely separated, a luxurious “jewel box” seating up to 18 guests. Here, Chef Corvino will serve his tasting menu of around a dozen courses offered with wine pairings. Guests will watch him plate as he and his sous chefs are able to interact from a semi-open kitchen.

Corvino is backed by an impressive group of Kansas City investors, led by Liz and Greg Maday.  “I have always admired the culinary works of art that Michael creates.  We developed a friendship with Michael and Christina while chairing events for the Nelson-Atkins and Saint Luke’s, and were impressed with their creative genius and generosity for this city. To fold this power couple's talents into a restaurant of this gastronomic experience will be incredible.  I love Kansas City, and the Crossroads is home to my company headquarters.  I find it the perfect place to work, relax, and eat in good company. The restaurant will cultivate a sophistication and culinary daring that Kansas City is ready for and will embrace.” Greg Maday said.

The Corvinos have partnered with another Kansas City couple, Jesse and Matthew Hufft of Hufft Projects to design and build out the space. “From looking at the incredible quality of their projects, we knew they were the right firm for the modern and soigné space we want to create,” Christina Corvino remarked. They’ve also retained local advertising agency Design Ranch.  She adds, “We know our city is rich with creative talent and we’re going to tap into it as much as possible, from architecture to music to the art on our walls.”

Corvino’s last night at The American is Saturday, August the sixth. Build out of the new space will commence in September, and they’re hopeful to begin soft openings at the end of January.


Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room is a privately owned restaurant based in Kansas City, Missouri, opening early 2017. It will be located in the historic Corrigan Station in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District. It is led by Chef/Owner Michael Corvino, previously of The American in Kansas City, the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, and The Nines in Portland. The 90-seat Supper Club will serve approachable, contemporary American shared plates with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms, and niche purveyors abroad. The secluded 18-seat Tasting Room will offer multi-course tasting menus showcasing Chef Corvino’s focus on ingredient and technique driven dishes with a view into the kitchen. Private dining rooms can accommodate 12-50 guests. Designed by Hufft Projects, the 5,320 square foot space highlights the original concrete columns that reach up to the 16’ ceilings, with a modern, dramatic interior.

Located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District, Corrigan Station is a vibrant, mixed-use destination that includes redevelopment of the historic 10-story Corrigan Building and approximately 40,000 square feet of new, attached office and retail space with an adjacent parking structure. Corrigan Station will feature retail and restaurant space on the first floor of each of the three buildings with the upper floors of the new and historic buildings for office users. The feature-rich project offers impressive views, great access and connectivity via the KC Streetcar, and desirable amenities – a perfect fit for tenants and visitors seeking innovative, progressive, and collaborative space. Corrigan Station is being co-developed by Copaken Brooks and 3D Development.


Christina Corvino