City councilman and local politician Joe Serviss, in partnership with Robert Libby and Cliff Laughlin, opened the Wyoming Street Grille at 1511 Westport Road and Wyoming Street in 1991. While Joe served up some tasty dishes, the grille’s real draw became its political and celebrity clientele, including local politicians, judges, and lawyers, as well as Jack Steadman and numerous Kansas City Chiefs players. Wyoming Street became the popular haunt for political rallies and celebrity sightings.
The restaurant was also known for its daily specials, including tacos, burgers, Sunday fried chicken, prime rib, and its famous chicken sandwiches which, according to Joe, sold for a whopping $2.00. The Thursday night special, a 16-oz Porterhouse steak dinner for $6.95, sold out weekly.
The best-selling beer was Budweiser–microbrews were non-existent. There were only 12 off-street parking spots, so when the place was hopping and the streets packed with traffic, the neighbors were not pleased.
According to a Facebook post by Joe Klopus, the standard joke around the restaurant was “No shirt, no shoes, no Joe Serviss”.
Serviss sold the Wyoming Street Grille in 1999 and went to work for Mayor Kay Barnes as Chief of Staff.
LUMI’s Nick Vedros purchased this friendly, neighborhood neon from Jack Grogan at the Boulevard Drive-In Swap ‘n’ Shop in June 2019. LUMI is indebted to Nick for his leadership and generosity.