Established in 2016, The Antler Room is a tapas restaurant/bar located across from the UMKC campus at 25th Street and Holmes. With its old-fashioned redbrick greeting guests and passerbys, the space has a casual neighborhood café feel to it. Our main dining area seats 32 guests and is also available for private dining upstairs for up to 36 people.
Inspired by travels abroad and love of unique flavor pairings, The Antler Room’s drink menu allows guests to stop in and enjoy a regional ale as much as a classic Burgundy wine with their meals.
Dinner is typically served over multiple courses and made up of small and large shareable plates designed to accomodate the socializing of our guests. Each dish is well traveled—drawing influence from around the world using mostly local ingredients from the Kansas City area.
Leslie Newsam Goellner
Leslie Newsam Goellner began her career in restaurants nearly 20 years ago as a server with Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant in Kansas City. As her passion grew she took a position with Room 39 in Midtown, falling in love with the local food and service style advocated by Ted Habiger. At the direction of Ted and Howard Hanna, in 2006 Leslie sought to further her food and beverage acumen in New York.
After a stint with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first restaurant Jo Jo, Leslie accepted a position under Danny Meyer at The Modern as a server, bartender, and private event server. This opportunity deeply enriched her knowledge, passion, and commitment to food, wine, and exceptional customer experience.
Following four years in New York, Leslie returned home to Kansas City to assist Howard Hanna and Ryan Maybee in opening The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange. Grateful for the opportunity as an assistant manager, Leslie soon earned a promotion to general manager overseeing all front-end operations. It was during this time she met Nick Goellner, a gifted chef with a similar commitment and passion for the industry. They chose San Francisco as the next step forward in their lives and careers.
While in San Francisco, Leslie served as general manager at one of the premier restaurant groups in the area, and was deeply impacted by the sense of ownership and camaraderie found within the local industry. After over two years at The Delfina Restaurant Group, Nick earned a highly prestigious chef internship at Noma in Denmark. Noma has been rated the best restaurant in the world multiple times. Through this experience, Leslie furthered her hospitality and cultural skill sets in an amazing international setting.
Following the completion of the internship, Leslie and Nick returned once again to Kansas City. As her passion and knowledge of her hometown’s evolving palate continues to grow, she is looking forward to creating some of the finest and most unique offerings available in the Kansas City area.
As time allows Leslie and Nick enjoy spending time with their families, traveling, and of course tracking down the best food and beverages along the way.