Jack DeBoer, a former member of Wink Hartman Sr.’s Lakeside Club, this week is buying the building where the club had been.
The building sits back from Webb Road just south of 21st Street.
About 25 of DeBoer’s Consolidated Holdings and WaterWalk Hotel Apartments employees will move to the building, most likely late in the first quarter next year.
“It was a great restaurant, and now we’re going to make it a great office,” DeBoer says.
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The building was built for Garozzo’s Ristorante, which Kansas City businessman Michael Garozzo opened in 2003 and closed in 2007.
Hartman then opened a restaurant, Bella Donna, in the space.
Finally, he opened the private Lakeside Club in 2012 to provide what he called “a country club atmosphere that doesn’t include a pool, tennis or golf.”
It closed in September, and Hartman said the building would be repurposed.
Hartman has always said that everything he has is for sale if the price is right. He said as much to developer George Laham earlier this year.
“And, of course, boom, two seconds later, the deal’s coming together,” Hartman says.
Laham asked DeBoer if he was interested, and that was that.
“It took about that long,” DeBoer says. “I guess he wishes all real estate deals were that easy.”
Currently, DeBoer has about 10 employees at the WoodSpring Hotels – formerly Value Place – building at 8621 E. 21st St.
“We don’t have enough space in the WoodSpring building,” he says.
The rest of his employees are in WaterWalk Place at WaterWalk, which DeBoer owns. A couple will remain there, but otherwise, DeBoer says, “I want to get everybody together.”
He says there are several great features at the building, including the ability to expand there.
“It’s a great spot on the lake. Very comfortable. A great place for our employees.”
Tony Caputo of Accel Construction is going to remodel the space for DeBoer.
That won’t include keeping the bar, which is the centerpiece of the building.
“Yeah, right,” DeBoer says. “Unfortunately not.”