Welcome to Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout

In the midst of pursuing our culinary career together a few things became evident.

  • Above all, food is a common language — everyone has to eat. So why not do it well?
  • The second thing was a conviction for supporting local. This means local farmers, local retailers and local restaurants. With this comes lots of seasonal changes to the menu. We began to realize that what you eat says a lot about you.
  • The third thing is to let the ingredients shine. Start with a quality product and don’t mess it up.
  • Finally, the fourth thing: we kinda like beer.

All of this led us here. In December 2013 we purchased Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout and moved into the Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City, MO with our three children. Living and working in the same community seemed like a true fit. At Happy Gillis, we have the chance to live out what we believe. We live in the neighborhood, we are part of a great community and we get to create beautiful, simple and delicious food.

We hope that you come hang out with us. Eating shouldn’t be hard, it should be fun and delicious. See you soon.


Josh & Abbey-Jo