The Town Company, helmed by executive chef Johnny Leach, intertwines rustic roots and refined beginnings. Its sister bar concept, El Gold, Kansas City’sowncellarsaloon, will also be influenced by Leach’s direction. With both concepts, Leach will fold in his hyper-seasonal philosophy into his role. Layered and integrated, Leach’s position will also include overseeing the entire event F&B program at Hotel Kansas City. Between his Oregon beginnings, residency in New York City, and reverence for Kansas City history, Leach’s background paints a picture of a dynamic career and excitement to experiment.
Leach previously worked at esteemed New York restaurants including Town, Del Posto and Momofuku, and collected accolades and unforgettable experiences, including an appearance on David Chang’s Netflix original series, “Ugly Delicious.” Along the way, he created lifelong friendships and partnerships, the greatest of which being with his wife, Helen Jo, who will work alongside him as pastry chef of The Town Company and other hotel outlets. Committed to giving back to his community, Leach’s involvement with No Kid Hungry and other charitable organizations connects his professional career and personal values.
Drawing from his experience in the Pacific Northwest, Leach’ s menus will highlight hyper-seasonal ingredients from local farms. Leach hopes to provide a top-to-bottom hospitality experience for guests, and for his food to foster a restaurant that doubles as a creative meeting place, and is punctuated by warm embraces.