Something Different for Mother’s Day
I’m here to suggest you do something a little unusual this Mother’s Day even if it’s in a place you have been many times. I’m talking Union Station and before I get to the feasts available that day, here’s my idea. Give yourself plenty of time and go to the far east side of the first floor and discover how it all came to be. There’s more information, drawings, photographs, and artifacts on the second and third floors (take the elevator). You can learn all about the original Fred Harvey’s Restaurant as you experience the Union Station Story – and its many stories.
But don’t miss one of my favorite things – the Martin Rotach art piece done in 2012 as a “Homage to Hopper.” It’s to the right of Pierpont’s (with its own Mother’s Day three course prix-fixe brunch, $35) flanked by glassed-in cases that contain mostly Harvey House items. It’s a work that will take you back in time with its wonderful details.
Once you know a little more about its historic roots, do try the buffet at Harvey’s which lives up to reputation of the Grand Hall. There’s a carving station with prime rib and ham, a made-to-order omelet bar, hot and cold buffet selections, and a huge array of desserts all beckoning, for $29. Both places have lower prices for kids, if you must bring them, it being Mother’s Day and all. The restaurant doesn’t look anything like Rotach’s picture anymore, but you can use your imagination – and the soaring views are still there, especially on its second floor. For reservations, call 816.460.2274 or via email email@example.com.
Two final suggestions: take the street car, right outside that east door, for a loop and look at how downtown is growing. When you come back, go back inside and climb a few stairs to the link. Walk at least to the middle of Main, and take a picture of the Kansas City skyline. Maybe put the kids in front of it. A stranger will probably volunteer to take the picture of all of you having a Mother’s Day to remember. What a lovely day and way to thank a mom.
Harvey's at Union Station30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108