Transformative growth in Columbus Park

Abby Hoover
Managing Editor

Columbus Park is witnessing transformative growth as businesses are attracted to the neighborhood situated between Historic Northeast, downtown and River Market.


Historically, the North End, Kansas City’s “Little Italy” was home to Italian immigrants as early as 1890, but over the years has become a diverse and colorful community, welcoming immigrants from all over the world and serving Kansas Citians through social service agencies, the Don Bosco Senior Center, and a thriving community atmosphere.


With them, immigrants brought their food. Now pillars of the community, restaurants like Vietnam Cafe and Garozzo’s share cultural dishes between neighbors, and attract customers from all across the metro.


Fifth Street, which runs through the heart of Columbus Park, will soon be home to three businesses who are taking a chance on a brick-and-mortar in the community. Their local owners have worked tirelessly to grow, despite a pandemic, and look forward to the transformation happening on their block.

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