In Kansas City, Missouri, Belize’s Grocery opened on June 1, 2020. It operates inside a 1920s building that once housed a local cosmetics and fragrance company, Luzier’s, Inc. The beginning of the pandemic and the length of the construction process National Historic Register, 2018.
In keeping with the building’s historical roots, Krause and her team Restored original windows and bricks, with copies and replacement of antique exterior tiles. White paint, massive green plants, and handcrafted wooden tables compliment Bright, clean and well ventilated the interior of this 4,600-square-foot restaurant.
“I wanted the people, the bags of baked goods, and the food to be a distinct color,” Krause said. “We’re working on eating the rainbow, so I wanted everything to be pretty.” The space accommodates nearly 70 in-house diners, who give great reviews for the wide range of gluten-free options and fresh flavours.
Eating the rainbow is at the heart of Krause’s vision for the food served at Billie’s Grocery. But she wasn’t always a big part of her restaurant model. Krause previously founded and operates Soho Bakery and four Filling Station Coffee locations.
While she was working to the point of exhaustion and her father, Bill (the namesake of Billy’s grocery store) died of a heart attack, Krause stopped the brakes and sold her current business. Then she learned about mind/body connections while studying yoga, herbs, nutrition, and more, and healing from her health challenges.. Krause has become a nutritional therapist, health coach and owner of the new Unbakery & Juicery.
Bailey’s grocery list items often include lots of nutrient-dense, organic ingredients. “But we cater to all the diet and lifestyle needs of foodies.” “We are a great lunch spot, especially for 11-3 years old.”
Today, 80-90 percent Customers are patrons of the restaurant. Meal tickets average about $15, including a drink, unless customers leave with a box full of baked goods—which most people do.
Vegetarian, gluten-free, multi-layered Date caramel bars meet caramel cCookies, mini cakes, and pastries in a huge bakery tray by the counter where customers place their orders. “The bakery area took off quickly and we went fast casually [service] “Because of staffing issues — no servers but runners,” Krause said. “You can still care about people and reach everyone.”
Krause creates most of the recipes, often drawing inspiration from the dishes she sampled while traveling domestically to international. “Everything inside the house is scratched,” she said. “The menu has grown, and the Sesame-Ginger Watermelon Salad is a favorite that is back.”
Sesame chicken salad with gluten-free fried chicken, or a gluten-free and dairy-free Thai bowl with rice noodles and no sugar in the sauce are other customer favorites. Breakfast dishes include a post-workout protein bowl and Brekki-a delicious combination of eggs, baked potatoes, herb butter, sourdough, bacon, and green onions. Cocktails, wines and mocktails are available at the cocktail bar and some new treats will soon arrive on the menu.
Now, local sources [ingredients] It was a lot easier—meats, produce, tortillas—but then we get a few things out of state that make us unique, like raw dessert ingredients, or olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Italy,” Krause said. “Cooking satisfies.”
Across the hall, Billie’s Grocery also hosts hands-on cooking classes, such as an immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory class or vegan chicken + waffles. The chapters have recently been re-launched, as the epidemiological problems have abated.
After training Krause in nutrition and wellness, she also ran a separate pharmacy for a while. Apothé products included adaptogenic/curing herbs, as well as popular tinctures and teas to relieve pain and induce relaxation. Still available among retail items at Bailey’s Grocery Store, Krause also co-created a CBD-infused chocolate bar with the local and famous Christopher Elbow chocolate.
Although Apothé didn’t turn into a sustainable business, Krause stuck with the place, two doors south of the restaurant. Now, “We’re about to move the bakery to Old Abbott,” she said. “There might be a new online store, too.”
In the meantime, Bailey’s Grocery continues to thrive. “I think it’s a new culinary experience for everyone,” Krause said. “It’s a healthy alternative with wholesome treatments. We feed the whole family – there’s something here for everyone, from all walks of life.”