Carrie Rengers

Twelve Restaurant & Bar adds much-requested private dining

Twelve Restaurant owner Bryce Kuhn, with his wife, Toi and daughter Alyson, 2, has done some work on his restaurant. (July 24, 2015)
Twelve Restaurant owner Bryce Kuhn, with his wife, Toi and daughter Alyson, 2, has done some work on his restaurant. (July 24, 2015) File photo

Twelve Restaurant & Bar is not even 3 years old, but it’s already undergone a renovation.

“When we first came in, we worked with what Shorty Small’s had left us,” owner Bryce Kuhn says of the space at the southwest corner of 119th and Maple.

Now, he’s taken out some low-rise walls to open up the restaurant and allow it to flow and function better. There are new additions to the menu as well.

Most importantly, Kuhn says, is he’s created a private room.

“I really get about four phone calls a week,” he says of customers wanting private dining.

Kuhn has created a room with capacity for 30 from existing seating. He’s still waiting on the sliding oak doors to close off the space.

When the room isn’t in use, Kuhn says he can open the doors and use it for open seating.

He already has two weeks of bookings for the holidays.

“People have been pretty excited about it.”

Though the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner only, Kuhn says the room can be used for breakfast meetings, too, since staff is at Twelve in the mornings.

The room is wired for audio and visual needs and has a couple of 64-inch smart TVs.

There’s another semi-private area of the restaurant with seating for up to 45.

Kuhn says he wishes he’d added a private room when he first opened in June 2013.

The room “opens you up to people who might not come otherwise,” he says.

If Kuhn ever opens an east-side restaurant – as customers regularly request – he says he’ll have private dining from the start.

Though Kuhn is interested in exploring a second restaurant, he says, “Until somebody shows up with a suitcase full of cash, it’s not going to happen.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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