Briarcliff’s Piropos expands to include event space
In Argentina, when a compliment is given to a woman, it’s called a piropo. First opened in 2001 in Parkville, Piropos Restaurant moved to the Northland’s Briarcliff Village in 2006 with the Parkville location remaining as a banquet facility.
Now celebrating a 10 year anniversary in the “new” Briarcliff location, Piropos is expanding downstairs with a remodeled banquet room and small but elegant wedding chapel.
“It makes a lot of sense. We now have everything in one spot. The Northland needs another banquet and wedding venue that’s upscale and close to everything,” Sheila C. MacDonald, Piropos Marketing Consultant, says.
Piropos is known throughout the area for their gourmet food with Argentinian flair and with the restaurant above the event space, it’s easy to cater. In addition, Piropos is centrally located in the metropolitan area and only a 15 to 25-minute drive from anywhere in Kansas City.
“We have a lot of benefits for those interested in holding events, particularly brides, because our location is close to the airport, the Marriott is across the street and we have our own parking right next to the building. The flexibility we’re able to offer those hosting banquets and receptions is convenient for the guests and makes details easier for those planning the event. It’s a whole new dimension with flexibility just not found in other venues. Hold the rehearsal dinner upstairs, the wedding in the downstairs chapel, open the doors and you’re in the reception area — no driving from location to location,” MacDonald says.
MacDonald also points out that because Piropos is a high-end restaurant known for the quality of their food and service, there’s no need to hire outside services like catering, or renting tables, chairs and tableware.
“It makes our pricing very competitive. That’s important in today’s economy,” MacDonald says.
With the addition of the downstairs area, there are now four distinct rooms that can serve from 10 to 125-150 guests with full facilities that include bar service areas and plenty of restrooms. Brides even have a separate lounge and dressing area that’s located just behind the chapel area.
“It’s the perfect private place for the bride and attendants to prepare for the big event,” MacDonald says.
The rooms include the Pampas Room which holds up to 55 guests, the Patagonia room for smaller parties of 8 to 16 (also good for luncheon business meetings), the downstairs Buenos Aires Room for guest counts up to 125 and the already mentioned wedding chapel with a bride’s area that can seat up to 100 to 110.
“The food and atmosphere of any banquet or wedding location is a gift to the attending guests. It’s a way of saying thank you for coming and that’s why we work hard at Piropos Briarcliff to make sure everybody’s happy. From our empanada appetizers through special entrees to our unique desserts, including the locally renowned house-made banana cake, we help make our event givers receive rave reviews from their guests,” MacDonald says.
With numerous event spaces to choose from in both the Northland and downtown, MacDonald compares other event spaces to Piropos event space like the difference between a department store and a boutique with the latter able to give more attention to details that make events memorable.
“We control the ‘supply chain’ from the setup of the room to the food and service staff. That means requests go to one person who manages the event. Prospective clients should talk to others who’ve used the facilities so far and to look at the many positive reviews online,” MacDonald says.
Piropos Restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner and Monday through Friday for lunch.
“You can eat a good lunch with white tablecloths for less than $8, and our dinners start at the $22 level. Of course, you can spend a great deal more but I think Piropos is reasonably priced for what we are offering from the unique views (there are two outdoor patios) to the fine food and attentive service. We’re very proud of this restaurant and hope you’ll come visit not only for dinner or lunch but when you have that special event occasion. We think your guests will be pleased,” MacDonald says.
And don’t forget to give the bride a piropo.