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The latest of several lawsuits was filed this week against Missouri Gas Energy after JJ's restaurant exploded from an apparent gas leak. A Heartland Midwest employee, who supervised the crew diggingMore >
The Heartland Midwest supervisor who called 911 after his company struck an unmarked gas line says Missouri Gas Energy should have evacuated the area and done more to cut off the flow of gas before an explosion ripped through JJ's Restaurant.More >
Thursday, March 14 2013 7:52 AM EDT2013-03-14 11:52:42 GMT
JJ's Restaurant employees did not turn off the pilot lights for the stove and hot water heater before an explosion ripped through the restaurant.The staff had extinguished all candles and pilot flames.TheMore >
JJ's Restaurant employees did not turn off the pilot lights for the stove and hot water heater before an explosion ripped through the restaurant. This allowed the ignition of built up gas from a punctured gas line outside the restaurant. More >
Tuesday, March 5 2013 5:30 PM EST2013-03-05 22:30:59 GMT
Area residents and others have opened their hearts and wallets to help the staff of JJ's restaurant.A gas explosion ripped through JJ's Restaurant at 6:04 p.m. Feb. 19, killing waitress Megan Cramer andMore >
Area residents and others have opened their hearts and wallets to help the staff of JJ's restaurant, and the support continues to grow with the announcement of a trust fund established to further help.More >
Tuesday, March 5 2013 5:30 PM EST2013-03-05 22:30:23 GMT
It was four minutes past 6 p.m. on Feb. 19th when a massive explosion rocked the Country Club Plaza. Confused residents and business owners flocked into the street as flames and black smoke started billowingMore >
According to the Department of Transportation, since 1986 pipeline accidents have killed more than 500 people nationally and injured over 4,000. In the past ten years alone those accidents have taken four lives and injured 20 in Kansas, while one person died and six others were injured in Missouri.More >
Tuesday, March 5 2013 5:28 PM EST2013-03-05 22:28:12 GMT
The family within on of Kansas City's most well known restaurants is moving forward, saying goodbye to one of their own.A natural gas explosion at JJ's restaurant on Feb. 19 claimed the life of 46-year-oldMore >
Family, friends, co-workers and loved ones came together Monday afternoon to cry and smile at memories big and small of a dynamo woman: Megan Jennifer Cramer. The server was killed in an explosion.More >
A popular Kansas City restaurant was destroyed by a gas explosion on Feb. 19, 2013, when the dinner crowd would have been filing into JJ's and the many other restaurants in the Country Club Plaza.More >
A popular Kansas City restaurant was destroyed by a gas explosion on Feb. 19, 2013, when the dinner crowd would have been filing into JJ's and the many other restaurants in the upscale Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district.More >
Wednesday, February 5 2014 8:04 PM EST2014-02-06 01:04:37 GMT
The federal government is citing contractor Heartland Midwest and JJ's Restaurant for the deadly explosion that occurred almost six months ago.Heartland Midwest faces a $161,000 fine while JJ's faces aMore >
The federal government is citing contractor Heartland Midwest and JJ's Restaurant for the deadly explosion that occurred almost six months ago.More >
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
Former employees and customers of the Kansas City restaurant destroyed six months ago in a deadly blast will gather this weekend at the eatery's old site.
Sunday's party near the County Club Plaza entertainment area is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, The Kansas City Star reported. In recent years, the restaurant has celebrated its anniversary with a party that typically draws 400 to 500 people throughout the afternoon.
"We want to have some fun and celebrate the fact that we all enjoyed JJ's so much," said Jimmy Frantze, who owns JJ's with his brother, David Frantze.
JJ's was leveled Feb. 19 in a blast that happened after a crew for an Olathe, Kan.-based cable company subcontractor breached a natural gas supply line with an underground borer. One restaurant worker died, and at least 14 people were injured.
Teri Lemos, former daytime bartender at JJ's, pet sits for some of her former customers through her new business, Teri the Doggie Nanny.
"We're all one big family — customers and employees," Lemos said. "Other places the customers go, they say, 'It's just not JJ's.' The customers made me feel good, and I made them feel good."
At the celebration, former employees' bands will play and former customers will barbecue.
The brothers are getting bids to rebuild the restaurant on the site. They'd like to put in a new rooftop deck and a terra cotta facade using some of the salvaged pieces from the original restaurant.
But the reconstruction would be costly, so they're also exploring moving to another nearby location.
"I get so many questions about what we are going to do," Jimmy Frantze said. "I'm going to put on a button that says 'Don't ask.' I want to get back into the restaurant business. I'm just now starting to feel half normal."
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