We are often asked, “Why are there 2 Town Topics so close together?” (19th and Baltimore, 20th and Broadway).
There actually used to be SIX Town Topics in downtown Kansas City, opened mainly from the late 1930s-mid 1950s. Claude Sparks located the restaurants next to the downtown streetcar stops. He knew people might want to grab a bite to eat when they got off the street car before going to work, or maybe get some dinner before they went home. The street car stops were close to each other, so the Town Topics were close to each other, too. It was a much different time when most businesses were downtown, and everyone lived and worked close by.
Let us know if you have other questions, and we’ll try to answer them in future posts!
The answer to the trivia question is – chili! Town Topic chili used to be served at Arrowhead Stadium and the old Municipal stadium. The recipe is more than 80 years old and was created by Betty Sparks, wife of original owner Claude Sparks.
Big weekend in Kansas City as the Chiefs take on the Oakland Raiders!! Make some noise in the stadium Sunday and help the Chiefs go 6-0! Town Topic Trivia – What TT menu item used to be sold at Arrowhead Stadium and the old Municipal Stadium?