The Savoy Grill, located at 219 W 9th Street, was a location frequented by Harry S. Truman. He ate there so enough that they placed a plaque in booth number four, designating his favorite place to sit. Until recently, individuals were able to eat at the restaurant and view different historic items, such as a job application from Truman. The Grill has served as an important part of Kansas City’s history, both socially and economically.
The Savoy Grill was just one part of the Savoy Hotel and
Savoy Grill. It was constructed between 1890 and 1906, as Neo-Classic design.
Throughout its existence the building underwent at least four different
construction phases. First, the original building was built, which was a
five-story structure. Then, a sixth story was added, along with rear extensions
spanning all six-stories. Lastly, in 1905-1906 a western addition was added,
reaching seven stories.
The Savoy Grill maintained a turn of the century feeling up
throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A patron could enter the
restaurant and experience great food, along with the service expected of a
classy restaurant. In the mid-1900s the restaurant closed its doors causing
anger; in result, the grill quickly reopened.
The hotel and grill have passed through many different
owners, who had changed the name repeatedly. In 1962, the Savoy Investment
Company bought the building, but they did not own it for long. Donald F. Lee
purchased the entire hotel in 1965. He had owned and operated the Grill since
The Savoy Hotel and Grill closed after a fire in 2014. There
are currently plans to renovate and restore the historic hotel through the 21c
Museum Hotels group. They committed to a redevelopment schedule with work
beginning in 2016.