Mark Brown and I (Michelle Brown) are Kansas City natives married 34 years. We have two sons, Corey and Nolan. Corey works with Mark at Burger and Brown Engineering located also in Grandview. Nolan is the brewer/owner of Transparent Brewing Company. Erin is Corey’s wife and Beckett, Ryker, and Kash are our fabulous grandsons. We are regular people with a whole lot of ambition trying to do good things by bringing this venture to Grandview, serving the local and surrounding communities with good food, beer and more, and providing jobs for people in a positive, nurturing environment.
I began this journey with an idea in mind. I studied at JCCC’s culinary program for three years where I was inspired by a class on local food. That idea became a vision when Mayor Jones of Grandview said he wanted to have a microbrewery in Grandview. Nolan was already a brewer and had been working in varied breweries across the United States. I then thought, “Why not!” a farm to table café with a microbrewery. Nolan came on board, expressing interest in having his own brewery to express his concept and produce his recipes. We found a location in Grandview with good access, visibility and enough acreage for growth, although many doubted this location. We began designing, began a funding search, began networking and planning and began developing recipes and menus. Four years later we had financing, city approval, architectural plans, a contractor, celebrated a groundbreaking, had built a strong following from 50 food and beer tastings and we were on our way.
The Chive, Simply Good Café/Market concept is farm to table and as much locally sourced as possible. The menu is fresh, all made from scratch, vegetable-forward, changing often based on what is coming from our local farmers. We offer, stay awhile, indoor seating with counter service in the café and taproom, an outdoor patio and activities area, and a dog park. For those in a hurry, we have a convenient take out market featuring our recipes in a to-go format and other locally made, natural products. For you, our customers, it is simply good food and good beer, fresh and local, farm to table, casual counter service, open 7am – 7pm 7 days/week. It is a taste adventure, a stay awhile place, a take-home market, a community invested space, health-conscious, and sustainably focused.
Nolan was on a path to being a doctor when he decided that he wanted a career as a brewer instead. Soon after Nolan told his parents that he wasn’t going to medical school, Michelle decided that she would go to culinary school. He began pursuing his dream of becoming a brewer by interning at Six Row and working as a cellarman at The Saint Louis Brewery (then Schlafly) in St. Louis. “I like very balanced, refreshing beers,” Nolan said. “My biggest beef with the beer industry right now is that everything seems to be very high-alcohol beers.”
When it opens, the brewery and restaurant will share the space and each will have an order counter. The beer will be handed to you and the food will be brought to your table. Nolan is also envisioning a large dog-friendly outdoor space.