Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

New York Magazine recommends travelers heading to Kansas City check out Story. Photo via Story Facebook.
New York Magazine recommends travelers heading to Kansas City check out Story. Photo via Story Facebook.

Village Shops’ Story gets a plug in New York Magazine. Story restaurant in Prairie Village was one of three eateries singled out by New York Magazine in its Five Point Weekend Escape Plan for Kansas City. “James Beard semifinalist Carl Thorne-Thomsen’s elegantly plated dishes, like perfectly smoked duck empanadas with avocado puree ($10), get the spotlight in the cozy, minimalist space,” says the magazine. Port Fonda and Novel were the other restaurants recommended in the piece. [Uncover Urban Cool in Kansas City — New York Magazine]

Highway named after Mission Hills resident Irv Hockaday. Former Hallmark Card president and Mission Hills resident Irv Hockaday is being recognized by the state of Missouri and the Ford Motor Company with the naming of the state highway outside Ford’s Claycomo assembly plant in his honor. Hockaday was on the Ford Board of Directors from 1987 to 2013. [State Highway Outside Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant Named in Honor of Irv Hockaday — Business Wire]

Mission year-end video posted. The city of Mission ended its last city council meeting of the year in traditional fashion by showing a series of slides that recapped city events of 2014. The end of year video can be viewed here.

Mission recognized for financial reporting. For the 19th year, Mission has received a certificate of achievement in financial reporting. The award recognizes the annual financial report for 2013. City Administrator Laura Smith, who only recently was named to that job, has served as the city’s finance director.

Prairie Village comedian performing at Stanford’s. Comedian Mike Smith, who has a daughter at Prairie Elementary School, is back in Kansas City from touring and is performing a four-night run in town. Smith is offering free tickets to northeast Johnson County residents who want to see his Sunday show at Stanford’s Comedy House at 119th and Metcalf. For tickets to the show, call 913-400-7500.