Bar K announces launch of “Bar K Lab,” an indoor dog park & event space in the West Bottoms


KANSAS CITY, MO – Bear Bishop LLC, the Kansas City developer building a dog park, bar & restaurant in Berkley Riverfront Park called “Bar K,” announced today it is opening the “Bar K Lab,” a 16,000 square foot warehouse in the West Bottoms that will serve as a temporary indoor dog park and event space while Bar K’s permanent facility is being built.

“We are so excited about what we can do with the Lab,” said David Hensley, founding partner of Bear Bishop. “Just like our permanent location allows us to utilize ‘found space’ under the Heart of America Bridge, the Lab allows us to take a beautiful old West Bottoms warehouse and turn it into a community meeting place for people and dogs in Kansas City.”

Bar K plans to use the Lab in a number of ways including:

  • A venue for monthly “Pup-Up Parties” and Bar K activities. The first Pup-Up event will be “Meet the Lab” on January 7 & 8, where Bar K members and guests can enjoy the indoor
    dog park, lounge, food trucks, games and other activities.
  • A space for Bar K to experiment with different types of dog play equipment and activities (a dog park laboratory, if you will… thus the name, Bar K “Lab”).
  • A one-of-a-kind, dog-friendly event space that will be available for rental by the community when not in use for Bar K events.

Inside Bar K LabThe warehouse, located at 515 Liberty Street in Kansas City, Missouri, is owned by Port KC, who also own the land in Berkley Riverfront Park where the permanent Bar K facility will be built.

“Where are so pleased that Bar K has found a way to utilize this great old building,” said Michael Collins, President & CEO of Port KC. “We hope Kansas Citians enjoy the space — and their dogs, too.”

About Bear Bishop LLC
Bear Bishop LLC is an industry-defining entertainment business bringing dog owners and communities together by building fully-staffed dog parks in combination with full-service bars, restaurants and coffeehouses. Each Bar K Dog Bar location is a unique, multi-acre concept featuring large and small dog play areas, professional supervision, dog washing stations, and dog recreational equipment. All food and beverage environments are available throughout the day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, craft beer and cocktails, and gourmet coffee beverages in both indoor and climate-controlled outdoor spaces.

About Port KC
Port KC’s mission is to foster the economic vitality of Kansas City, Missouri through transportation, trade, commerce, and development.

One Response to “Bar K announces launch of “Bar K Lab,” an indoor dog park & event space in the West Bottoms”

  1. Leatha Hale

    What a cool concept you have!

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    We think our product line is something you may find useful for your dog parks and sometime in the near future, we hope to offer a portable line of recreational agility equipment.

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