JJ's Restaurant http://kcur.org en JJ's Restaurant Plans Return To West Plaza http://kcur.org/post/jjs-restaurant-plans-return-west-plaza <p>JJ’s restaurant will re-open across the street from its former location on the Country Club Plaza, which was destroyed by an explosion on Feb. 19, 2013.</p><p>The new location will be in the lobby of the Plaza Vista building at 960 W.&nbsp;48<sup>th</sup> Place and feature a large patio.</p><p>Plaza Vista is home to the Polsinelli law firm and opened in November 2013. The area has been in construction since 2005, much of it was part of the failed West Edge project.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:43:32 +0000 Maria Carter 54638 at http://kcur.org JJ's Update: One Year After The Explosion http://kcur.org/post/jjs-update-one-year-after-explosion <p></p><p>Last February, a gas explosion rocked the Plaza, destroying JJ’s restaurant. In the wake of the destruction, 15 people were injured, and one died.</p><p>In the first part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll take a look at the issues surrounding the blast and its continued legacy, both on the Plaza and in the courtroom. We’ll also talk with one of the owners of JJ’s about what the future holds.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:47:44 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51506 at http://kcur.org JJ's Update: One Year After The Explosion What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion http://kcur.org/post/what-you-remember-jj-s-explosion <p>One year ago, many Kansas Citians knew about a natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant before news outlets began to report the story.</p><p>Wednesday <a href="http://kcur.org/post/one-year-later-still-no-final-chapter-jjs-blast">marks the one-year anniversary of the blast</a> that hundreds of Kansas Citians saw firsthand or felt on the Country Club Plaza. &nbsp;</p><p>We wanted to know more about what you remembered from that evening.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:45:44 +0000 Alyson Raletz 51504 at http://kcur.org What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion One Year Later, Still No Final Chapter In JJ's Blast http://kcur.org/post/one-year-later-still-no-final-chapter-jjs-blast <p>One year has passed since the explosion and fire at JJ's&nbsp;restaurant killed waitress Megan Cramer and injured 15 on the edge of Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>Investigators have found fault in the blast, but legal action continues.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ten lawsuits are on file by people legally claiming damage in the natural gas explosion. Suits are not expected to go to trial for more than a year. </span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:52:23 +0000 Dan Verbeck 51496 at http://kcur.org One Year Later, Still No Final Chapter In JJ's Blast Report: Gas Company Didn't Follow Safety Regs in JJ's Explosion http://kcur.org/post/report-gas-company-didnt-follow-safety-regs-jjs-explosion <p></p><p>Missouri Gas Energy failed to act urgently to protect the lives of people in JJ’s Restaurant last year, the Missouri Public Service Commission ruled Thursday.</p><p>The gas company violated its own safety rules that lead to an explosion that killed one woman and injured more than a dozen others and it should be fined, the <a href="https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commoncomponents/view_itemno_details.asp?caseno=GS-2013-0400&amp;attach_id=2014012085">125-page report said.</a></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:21:08 +0000 Peggy Lowe 50882 at http://kcur.org Report: Gas Company Didn't Follow Safety Regs in JJ's Explosion Findings Delayed In Probe Of Deadly JJ's Restaurant Explosion http://kcur.org/post/findings-delayed-probe-deadly-jjs-restaurant-explosion <p></p><p>A Missouri State agency has asked for more time to report findings on the deadly explosion at JJ’s Restaurant in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The findings are now expected nearly a year after the blast and fire.</span></p><p>A report had earlier been expected weeks ago.</p><p>A buildup of flammable natural gas exploded at the restaurant on the west side of the Country Club Plaza last Feb. 19.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It killed one person, Megan Cramer, who worked at the restaurant.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:09:55 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49053 at http://kcur.org Charges Are Leveled, Denied 6 Months After Deadly KC Blast http://kcur.org/post/charges-are-leveled-denied-6-months-after-deadly-kc-blast <p></p><p>The contract drilling company suspected of opening a gas line before JJ&rsquo;s Restaurant blew up in February will fight OSHA sanctions and fines.&nbsp;</p><p>One woman was killed in the explosion at the edge of Country Club Plaza.</p><p></p><p>The federal accusations are hotly denied by the company suspected of having accidentally opened the gas line.</p><p>Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Heartland Midwest broke rules, &quot;willful violations&quot; leading up to the gas leak and placed the contract driller on a &ldquo;severe violator&rdquo; list.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:46:15 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42053 at http://kcur.org Charges Are Leveled, Denied 6 Months After Deadly KC Blast KC Fire Dept. Reverses Protocol For Gas Leaks After JJ’s Explosion http://kcur.org/post/kc-fire-dept-reverses-protocol-gas-leaks-after-jj-s-explosion <p></p><p>The Kansas City Fire Department on Thursday made a major change in the way it responds to gas leaks, after it was highly questioned for its response to the JJ’s restaurant explosion.&nbsp;</p><p>In what he said will be his final statement on the event, Fire Chief Paul Berardi announced that the department will stay on the scene of any gas leak until the situation posing a risk is resolved.&nbsp; The department will also begin sending a battalion chief and a fire unit with monitoring equipment to all gas leak calls.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:17:25 +0000 Peggy Lowe 33542 at http://kcur.org KC Fire Dept. Reverses Protocol For Gas Leaks After JJ’s Explosion Fire Department Releases Report On JJ's Explosion http://kcur.org/post/fire-department-releases-report-jjs-explosion <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Lucida Grande'; "><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">JJ’s restaurant was leveled by an unintentional explosion that probably was ignited by pilot lights in the kitchen, thanks to the nick in the natural gas line outside the building, according to <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/201303/Fire%2520Report%2520-%2520JJ%2527s%2520explosion.pdf" target="_blank">a report released by the Kansas City Fire Department</a> on Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:05:43 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Dan Verbeck 33473 at http://kcur.org Fire Department Releases Report On JJ's Explosion Questions Linger About Gas Company's Evacuation At JJ's http://kcur.org/post/questions-linger-about-gas-companys-evacuation-jjs <p></p><p>As several investigations continue into the explosion of JJ’s Restaurant, the role Missouri Gas Energy played in its response to the emergency is being questioned by experts and a witness who say the utility didn’t follow industry standards or its own advice.</p><p>Although its own safety instructions for gas leaks to its customers call for evacuating the premises immediately, MGE didn’t do that at the Feb. 19 incident. In fact, the MGE workers on the scene didn’t suggest that people leave the popular wine bar until 51 minutes after the initial 911 call.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:28:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 33148 at http://kcur.org Questions Linger About Gas Company's Evacuation At JJ's Plaza Blast Underscores Region’s Emergency Medical Capacity http://kcur.org/post/plaza-blast-underscores-region-s-emergency-medical-capacity <p>As of mid-week, four people remained hospitalized from the gas explosion and fire that destroyed JJ’s restaurant on the Plaza. One employee, Megan Cramer, died in the blast, and a memorial service <a href="http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Megan-Cramer&amp;lc=2373&amp;pid=163350224&amp;mid=5440745">is scheduled for Monday</a>.</p><p>A lot of questions still surround how the situation was handled, including the timing of the evacuation and whether the explosion itself could have been avoided. While investigations are ongoing, KCUR’s Elana Gordon reports on how the region’s medical community responded, and how another crisis, the Hyatt Skywalk Collapse in 1981, has helped shape the region’s capacity to respond to large-scale events. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 08:00:01 +0000 Elana Gordon 32757 at http://kcur.org Plaza Blast Underscores Region’s Emergency Medical Capacity Wine, Shrimp, Camaraderie: Food Critic Remembers JJ’s Restaurant http://kcur.org/post/wine-shrimp-camaraderie-food-critic-remembers-jj-s-restaurant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local and federal officials are trying to piece together exactly what happened last Tuesday evening, when a natural gas leak led to an explosion just west of the Country Club Plaza. The explosion and resulting fire at </span>JJ’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> restaurant killed one woman, and injured 15.</span></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:03:31 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 32560 at http://kcur.org Wine, Shrimp, Camaraderie: Food Critic Remembers JJ’s Restaurant Determining Cause Of Explosion Expected To Take Time http://kcur.org/post/determining-cause-explosion-expected-take-time <p>Police say investigation of the fire that gutted a Plaza restaurant that killed one person and injured 15 others will take a bit longer than some expected. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:11:36 +0000 Steve Bell 32373 at http://kcur.org Determining Cause Of Explosion Expected To Take Time JJ's Staff, Regulars Turn To Each Other In Wake Of Fire http://kcur.org/post/jjs-staff-regulars-turn-each-other-wake-fire <p>Judging by the lineup at the bar a few blocks from JJ’s last night, you might think you were at the longtime establishment. A lot of employees and regulars met up at Coal Vines on the Plaza, including James Potter. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:16:18 +0000 Elana Gordon 32340 at http://kcur.org JJ's Staff, Regulars Turn To Each Other In Wake Of Fire JJ's Other Co-Owner, Jimmy Frantze, Speaks Out After Deadly Fire http://kcur.org/post/jjs-other-co-owner-jimmy-frantze-speaks-out-after-deadly-fire <p><em>Up To Date</em>'s Steve Kraske <a href="http://kcur.org/post/after-fire-interview-jjs-co-owner-david-frantze">interviewed JJ's co-owner David Frantze</a> Wednesday morning in the aftermath of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/term/plaza-fire">Tuesday's explosion</a> that left some of the restaurant's employees critically injured and one missing.</p><p>KCUR's Elana Gordon had the opportunity Wednesday afternoon to speak with David's brother and JJ's other owner, Jimmy Frantze.</p><p>Here are some excerpts of their interview, which took place near the site of the fire.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 02:28:54 +0000 Elana Gordon 32302 at http://kcur.org JJ's Other Co-Owner, Jimmy Frantze, Speaks Out After Deadly Fire Plaza Explosion Timeline Raises Questions http://kcur.org/post/plaza-explosion-timeline-raises-questions <p>The investigation into the blast and fire that rocked the Country Club Plaza and destroyed JJ’s Restaurant has entered a new phase.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thu, 21 Feb 2013 02:09:11 +0000 Frank Morris 32303 at http://kcur.org Plaza Explosion Timeline Raises Questions Local Hospitals Provide Injury Updates On Plaza Explosion http://kcur.org/post/local-hospitals-provide-injury-updates-plaza-explosion <p>Ambulances on Tuesday night traveled with nine people injured in the explosion and fire on the Country Club Plaza to area hospitals, including St. Luke's and University of Kansas Hospital. Six injured patients walked themselves in. Officials today provided an update on the six victims still hospitalized. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:09:28 +0000 Elana Gordon & Laura Spencer 32290 at http://kcur.org Local Hospitals Provide Injury Updates On Plaza Explosion 'Miraculous': Employees Cleared Restaurant Of Patrons Before Blast http://kcur.org/post/miraculous-employees-cleared-restaurant-patrons-blast <p>The best eye-witnesses to the explosion at JJ’s yesterday were also the people who were in the most danger – the restaurant’s workers. Bartenders, busboys, a hostess and others were the last ones out of that burning building.<br> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:09:19 +0000 Peggy Lowe 32291 at http://kcur.org 'Miraculous': Employees Cleared Restaurant Of Patrons Before Blast Blame Elusive In Plaza Blast http://kcur.org/post/blame-elusive-plaza-blast <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Workers using heavy equipment to install fiber-optic cable hit a gas main hours before the blast.&nbsp;&nbsp; According to <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2013/02/20/missouri-gas-energy-releases-another.html" target="_blank">the <em>Kansas City Business Journal</em></a>, gas company workers showed up about 20 minutes later.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">They were still on site later when firefighters responded to the leak, about 45 minutes before the explosion.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:46:10 +0000 Frank Morris 32279 at http://kcur.org Blame Elusive In Plaza Blast After The Fire: An Interview With JJ's Co-Owner David Frantze http://kcur.org/post/after-fire-interview-jjs-co-owner-david-frantze <p><em>Up To Date</em>'s Steve Kraske talked Wednesday morning with David Frantze, co-owner of JJ's restaurant. A gas explosion Tuesday evening caused a fire that destroyed the restaurant, killing at least one person and injuring at least 14 others.</p><p>Here are some excerpts from the interview:</p><p>David Frantze: Steve, it’s been a pretty rough time for the entire JJ’s family.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:00:45 +0000 Elana Gordon & Emilie Mutert & Up To Date 32266 at http://kcur.org After The Fire: An Interview With JJ's Co-Owner David Frantze Body Found In Rubble At JJ's http://kcur.org/post/body-found-rubble-jjs <p>At a press conference this morning, officials say they found a body in the rubble of the site of former JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. No positive identification has been made yet. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:44:41 +0000 Maria Carter, Laura Spencer & Elana Gordon 32259 at http://kcur.org Body Found In Rubble At JJ's Search Continues For Missing JJ's Employee http://kcur.org/post/search-continues-missing-jjs-employee <p>One person still remains unaccounted for after last night's fire and explosion at JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:04:52 +0000 Maria Carter 32256 at http://kcur.org Search Continues For Missing JJ's Employee Explosion At JJ's Thundered Through Plaza http://kcur.org/post/explosion-jjs-thundered-through-plaza <p>At least one explosion thundered through the west edge of the County Club Plaza district&nbsp; just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, sending more than a dozen people to hospitals. Some are critically injured. There was ample evidence pointing to natural gas as cause. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:42:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32254 at http://kcur.org Explosion At JJ's Thundered Through Plaza Fire Hits Plaza Business http://kcur.org/post/fire-hits-plaza-business <p>A fire caused by an apparent gas explosion near JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza has sent at least 14 people to area hospitals with injuries, some of them critical. The fire started around 6:00 Tuesday evening.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Update 7:07 PM.&nbsp; Residents from a nearby apartment building were evacuated.&nbsp; Some are reporting that there was a strong smell of gas earlier in the afternoon. One resident of the nearby building also told reporters someone was operating a backhoe in the area earlier in the afternoon.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:05:39 +0000 Frank Morris, Steve Bell, Elana Gordon & Emilie Mutert 32230 at http://kcur.org Fire Hits Plaza Business