Crossroads Hotel’s XR Cafe Reopens for Dinner and Evening Cocktails

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Luxury Kansas City property\'s newly appointed Executive Chef Ian Wortham unveils new dishes

Crossroads Hotel’s XR Cafe Reopens for Dinner and Evening Cocktails

Kansas City, MO – October 15, 2020 – Aparium Hotel Group’s trendy Crossroads Hotel, located in the heart of Kansas City, MO, reopens its lobby bar, and local watering hole, XR Cafe on Thursday, October 22. 

The revamped XR is now reservation-only for cocktails or dinner. The menu will include Napoletana style pizza and regional antipasti and salads, as well a selection of new items from Lazia, the hotel’s flagship modern Italian restaurant, led by recently appointed Executive Chef Ian Wortham. New dishes include house-made pastas and seasonal dishes such as scallops and butternut squash dressed with curry and mozzarella. Reservations will go live every Tuesday at 12 noon CST via Tock

Chef Wortham has established a reputation in the culinary industry as an innovator of Italian cuisine, bringing roughly 10 years of experience and prestigious accolades including “Zagat Denver 30 Under 30” and “Eater Hotel Restaurant of the Year in 2017” while Executive Chef of Italian eatery Tavernetta in Denver. 

“XR’s reopening breathes new life into our Crossroads Hotel lobby,” said Chef Wortham. “We’re excited to welcome the community back to the space and offer a sneak peak of some signature Lazia dishes in anticipation of the restaurant’s return.” 

While Lazia remains closed, Chef Wortham has launched a fast-casual twist on the restaurant: Pizze Di Lazia. The pop-up concept will offer to-go options from XR, including unique personal pies like the Zucca with zucchini, corn, and burrata or seasonal salads like the Buffalo Mozzarella, with purple beans and sun dried tomato pesto. Diners simply need to order online via Tock and pick up at the front of the hotel. 

A meticulous restoration of the landmark 1911 Pabst and Pendergast buildings, the 131-key Crossroads Hotel is part of the Aparium Hotel Group portfolio, and was one of the first to resume operations in some capacity since closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-pandemic, food and beverage offerings at Aparium hotels accounted for over 40% of topline revenue, making culinary a top priority for the property.

Crossroads Hotel is located at 2101 Central St, Kansas City, MO and currently rooms are available with rates starting at $159. For more information please visit