Downtown hotel survives age 132, shows new life

Among the oldest buildings in Kansas City, saved from demolition two years ago, came alive today with two new businesses.

The 132-year-old Cosby Hotel at 9th Street and Baltimore Avenue narrowly escaped demolition as a dangerous building.

City officials celebrated the start of its restoration today in a ceremony outside two ground-floor retail businesses there that officially open next week  – the Milwaukee Deli Co. and Sasha’s Baking Co.

The Cosby structure survived after the Historic Kansas City Foundation and the Downtown Council persuaded the city to save the building, which was sold to Sunflower Development Group.

Beginning next Thursday, the downtown council website reports, the deli will be open Mondays through Saturdays with things like pizzas, sandwiches and salads.

The deli is returning to the hotel where a previous owner opened it in about 1908.

The bakery will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It will offer pastries, quiche, cinnamon rolls and cookies but also cheeses, beer, wine and spirits.

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