In one word, Scott Thompson of Blue Springs described his decision to open Harley’s Hotrods Bar and Grill in Blue Springs on Mo. 7 in northern Blue Springs.
“For the last eight years, I’ve been in the (information technology business),” Thompson, 38, said. “You just get to a point where you’re burned out. It’s like the seven-year itch on everything else. This has been my true love – dealing with people.”
Thompson is the proud owner of two Harley-Davidson motorcycles – a 2005 Heritage and a 2008 Street Glide – both custom made. Harley’s Hotrods, Thompson said, will aim to serve as a destination point for fun. Within a 300-mile radius of the Kansas City area, no single destination point exists for motorcycle and hotrod riders, he claimed.
“There’s tons of restaurants out there right now that have a ‘Bike Night,’ but any other night than that, you’re really not accepted,” Thompson said. “We want to be ‘Bike Night’ six days a week.”
Harley’s would be open seven days a week, but it must close on Tuesdays because “we need a day to ride,” Thompson said.
With its opening date still eight days away, Harley’s Hotrods Bar and Grill in Blue Springs already has musical guests booked through December (except for a few dates here and there). Live music will be a staple Friday and Saturday nights, with cover charges averaging between $3 and $5.
Though finishing touches are still in the works, a walk through Harley’s feels like a tour of an Americana museum. The separate nonsmoking room features posters like an authentic “Easy Rider” cardboard poster and a 1936 Harley advertisement.
Bands will perform on an 18-foot-by-12-foot stage that features metal abstract face profiles of famous musical artists like The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osborne and others.
More than 3,000 license plates that weigh in at 500 pounds line both serving bars. Thompson said the plates were collected “here, there and everywhere,” including through eBay and junkyards. The all-steel bar also features an authentic 1956 Bowser gas pump from Phillips 66. Around its back, the pump will have six beers on tap.
With a menu featuring fewer than 15 items, Thompson said he hopes Harley’s becomes famous for its Boston Biker Cheesesteak. He also wants the restaurant to yield fame for its “late-night dog.” Between 10 p.m. and 1:15 a.m. (after the kitchen closes), the bar will serve a hot dog and bag of chips for $2.
Eventually, Thompson would like to franchise the bar and grill in “B markets” such as Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, and Tulsa, Okla.
Located at 1320 N.W. Missouri 7, Harley’s Hotrods Bar and Grill will celebrate its grand opening from 5 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. Feb. 4. The restaurant will be open six days a week from 11 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. Individuals younger than 21 years will be allowed in the restaurant until 9 p.m. if accompanied with an adult.
For more information about upcoming musical performances, visit the restaurant’s Web site at www.myspace.com/harleyhotrodsbar or call 816-228-7722.
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