The Jacobson
The Jacobson
  • Address:
    2050 Central Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Neighborhood:
    Crossroads / Freight District / Boulevard
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Jacobson

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thejacobsonkc.com/
  • Phone: 816-423-2888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Service:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm :

    Dinner Service -
    Monday - Thursday : 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Bar Service
    Monday- Thursday- 11:00 am - 'til close
    Friday - Saturday - 11:00 - 'til close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Culinary Director - Michael Werner - EKM- Rob Sallapudden
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off site catering available. Please contact Michael Werner for details.
  • Entertainment: Please Call for Details
  • Special Events: Corporate and/or private buy-outs available with The Jacobson

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central & Southwest Blvd. ~ Next to LuLu's
  • Public Transit: yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered Garage Parking - Validated
    There are additional paid and free parking lots nearby.
A word from The Jacobson
"If Picasso or Rembrandt wanted to grab a bit in KC, the food and atmosphere at The Jacobson would make them feel like they were back in front of an easel." -Alex Kluesner KC Magazine

Like paint to a blank canvas, The Jacobson, or "The J" for regulars, transformed a 4,000-square foot warehouse into a modern restaurant and bar in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District. Staying true to the surrounding culture, its walls are bedecked with paintings from local artist and its one-of-a-kind heated patio and full service bar is anchored by a two story sculpture by KC's own Stretch.

A glance at The Jacobson's variety of contemporary American cuisine yields a collection for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Much like an artist who draws inspiration from his or her own environment, diners in search of muse are encouraged to mix and match tastes when ordering appetizer & entrees from the Mingle & Center Stage sections of the menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Jacobson reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (89)neighborhood gem (83)fit for foodies (81)special occasion (60)good for groups (41)vibrant bar scene (40)hot spot (35)great for lunch (33)romantic (30)late-night find (16)notable wine list (16)scenic view (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Great date night
    LuckyMom
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We enjoyed a relaxing dinner on the patio. The service was spectacular and the food was fabulous. Highly recommend the shrimp as an appetizer. The grilled salmon was delicious as were the grilled scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much potential, but...
    Rose
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We wanted so much, to like this place! We were impressed by the decor and ambiance. Most of the food we ordered was very good, but the steak was underdone. Sent it back and it was still raw in the middle. Most diners will overlook a lot of "errors" if the servers are friendly and accommodating. This is the Jacobson's true shortcoming. When servers make you feel like you are an imposition by being there and asking for for things that you are paying for, it doesn't make you want to go back. First impressions are SO important, so my message to management is please hire and train your staff to be friendly, smile, and make your guests feel welcome! Restaurant competition in Kansas City is stiff, so you need to make more of an effort!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jacobson"s
    hottub
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice atmosphere, great for outdoors. Food was decent, not worth the price. No drink menu except for there own brands. Drinks were ok, but also overpriced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun patio
    foodiechick5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed dinner on their patio, on a beautiful evening, and had a wonderful experience. Good food, a very fun waiter, and great cocktails. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, food and drinks
    Itbetterbegood1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The custom cocktails were significantly unique and better than any other place we've been. The food was very good and the waiting staff was top shelf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Jacobson - Great Find!
    EVMissy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was the third time I have been to the Jacobson and they have yet to disappoint. I love the Crossroad Fizz drink - YUM! I would say that the scallops I ordered, although great, the blackberry flavor was not in the sauce tonight. My other dining partners loved their dishes and I for one can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jacobson Review
    swarren
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband and I visited the Jacobson for the first time. After we found it (was a little tricky) but Jason the Host walked us in via the phone to get to the location. John was our water and was SO knowledgeable and quite entertaining. The cocktails were very "fun" and the Burger truly is the best in KC. Pineapple upside down cake was excellent...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab!
    gussie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My husband and I truly enjoyed our meal! Our waitress was incredible. Very knowledgeable and helpful in our choices for cocktails and dinner selection. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lizzie1390
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Love the food and service is always good, but.. the noise level is very loud, even when the restaurant is not full. Lots of hard surfaces. I requested a "cozy"table - even then, it was noisy. Probably a great place for a younger crowd. Parking is always a challenge. Great menu and everything is always superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as always
    foodscoopVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We treated ourselves to dinner after spending hours at KC's Irish Fest, and we were rewarded with tasty cocktails and delicious entrees - the seafood special was OUT OF THIS WORLD! We were disappointed to find out that they were oud of the pineapple upside down cake - and a little more annoyed to learn that they had run out on the previous day and didn't make any new for the Saturday night guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good - service is not
    LLEE
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dined here for the first time on Saturday night. Kind of tricky finding the place and parking was not a simple task. Hostess seemed nice and was polite. However, the waitress was NOT. When asked about a child's menu, she said they don't have one . . . and walked away. No suggestions for what we could order for a 1-year-old, nothing just "no" and walked away. While perusing the menu, we figured out that we could order a salad and add a chicken breast for $4. Something simple the waitress could have suggested but instead the mother got upset and almost ruined the evening. Food was good but service was very poor. I don't recommend this place because the waitress almost ruined our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prefer inside...
    KCVinny
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great dinner at The Jacobson. Nice night however we opted for inside dining. If you don't have a strong sense of smell, the patio is a great spot but we chose not to eat outside. Sulfur/rotten egg smell is pretty strong in drainage grates in their parking lot (city reality). Unfortunately you get waves of it based on the wind. With that said, hosts were very accommodating in relocating us. The waiter was great and we found every dish we ordered to be excellent. We will definitely return. As for dining al fresco, it's a great place but we'll have to sniff it out again if eating. To the restaurant's credit, the patio was packed so maybe others don't have this particular viewpoint or were just there for the cocktails. You be the judge.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    PaulG
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I chose this place for a grown up birthday gathering. All of the couples loved it and want to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    food
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was god and the service was great. Tom was nice to talk to and seamed to enjoy his job and the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cherylVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We loved this restaurant! The food was fantastic. The service was great. The dining room was beautiful and comfortable. We will definitely make a return trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Phizzle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I will most certainly return to this place again cocktails were amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, but...
    ccinkc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I'm a fan of The Jacobson. I've been here a few times and have been completely surprised and satisfied with each dish I've tried. The Jacobson burger is probably my favorite burger in the entire city, it's amazing. The crafted cocktails are also appreciated, as it's nice to be pushed outside your comfort zone to find something new you might like. With all that said, the service is a little spotty. The first time I came it was excellent, but the past 3 times I've been it's been on the disappointing side. Maybe it has to do with going on a busy weekend, maybe during the week it's perfect, I don't know. I find that to be the only downside to this fantastic place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New favorite
    GreatnewfindVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our server was fabulous. We slipped in under the wire for happy hour and still managed to eat the most delicious steaks in our memory. Weren't offered a steak knife. Didn't need one. Management checked on us. We were seated in a little alcove with just two other tables so conversation was easy. Would love to enjoy the patio on a cooler evening. Top notch new find for us. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I haven't been to the Jacobson since last summer where my experience was wonderful. This visit not so much. I recently dined at Rye and spent the same amount of money and walked away saying wow that was amazing and worth every penny. I felt like I was welcomed, service and food outstanding. Cannot say the same for the Jacobson. Didn't feel welcomed, food was average. What was most aggravating is when you drop $250 on a meal and they have the audacity to charge you $2.00 for a tiny piece of bread that was ordered because we ran out on our $14 crab dip! It's the little things that take a dining experience for mediocre to outstanding. I walked away feeling like the Jacobson doesn't care about giving you an outstanding experience for the price!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service
    MarketGuru
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Second time in as many weeks that I have been in for lunch with friends and really enjoyed both the food and the excellent service. What stood out both time was that The Jacobson offers excellent food choices for those of us who are seeking a healthy diet and also enjoy eating out. Portions were moderate but more than adequate. Love the tabouli salad with cauliflower. Grilled salmon sandwich was great and our server found some fruit to substitute for the higher calorie & carb sides. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jacobson - Saturday 8/16
    Nels
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been to The Jacobson many times - more than 10. It was by far our worst experience. You were out of the first 3 wines we selected. My wife was given the wrong entre and our service was quite poor. It was not busy compared to previous visits, so we were surprised and disappointed in our experience. We will think long and hard before coming back. This is sad for us because until this visit we had always had a wonderful time at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Jacobson
    AmateurHour
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I decided to try the Jacobson for her birthday dinner. In short our experience was underwhelming. The cocktails were excellent-the best part of the entire meal-but it went downhill from there. Our appetizer (seafood dip) was good and gave us reason to expect good things for our entrée. I had the steak and she had the seafood medley. We were not impressed with either of our main courses, given the price. We found them both lacking in flavor and were not cooked to the proper doneness. Desert was another step down. We tried the baby cake desert option. We had to send it back as it tasted mainly like chewy, overcooked eggs. We will be going back at some point to try more cocktails, but for dining we are one and done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was excellent service was excellent. Only negative was noise level. I think outside would be awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was excellent. Shrimp appetizer is great - although I wish it came with two polenta cakes instead of just one. It's got enough of a spice kick that the extra polenta would help calm. Scallops were amazing and when I stole a bite of steak, I was sorry, I didn't have more!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great place!
    CusiCM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Made reservations because of a Groupon and we are thrilled we did! The service was top notch, the food was exceptional with perfect sized portions and reasonable prices. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first time at the Jacobson
    chifoodiekc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a Groupon for lunch at the Jacobson and are so glad we tried it out! The food was delicious (it was difficult to choose something because everything on the menu sounded so good!) and the service was perfect. The restaurant has a very hip and cool vibe, and it was quiet for the lunch hour, although many people were enjoying the outdoor seating. We are excited to go back to try their happy hour! We would definitely recommend for a special meal or fun date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good
    FromLeawoodVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We sat on the patio and it was our first time here. Food was tasty, nicely served, good presentation. Menu is just the right size with lots of choices. A few specials each day. We had steak sandwich, salmon and carrot soup. Chips and pasta for side dishes. It all was good and we will be back. Service nice and pleasant. Casual, but attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time and not be impressed...
    EuropaFan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was my second time at the Jacobson. The first was when it had just opened and there was much greater attention paid to service and food. This time the food was average and the service was poor. I was completely unimpressed and don't plan to return. One exception: the Hemingway cocktail was fantastic! If friends asked for a recommendation, the Jacobson would not be on the list....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed feelings...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The salmon dish was really one of the best I have had...the rosemary flavor was really awesome! My girlfriend has the quinoa/kale dish with some added chicken. Nothing wrong with Whole Foods, but it was as if she was eating a few odds and ends picked up at the Whole Foods lunch bar. Not flavorful or imaginative at all. She was disappointed that she didn't order the salmon. They were out of the scallops that night. Atmosphere is upbeat and cool along with the location. A local place...I hope they succeed!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Meeting
    huntksu
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a lunch meeting with a client and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would be a 4 or 5 but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I made a reservation for an special dinner and was a little disappointed when they sat us at a high top near the bar. I asked to change tables but they were unable to re seat us, which was disappointing, but ok. After that, though, the waiter was pretty awful. He took my partners drink order and brought it before I had decided on a cocktail, and when I did order it sat at the bar prepared for 10 minutes. He came to take our dinner orders and the cocktail was still sitting at the bar. He had forgotten that I ordered. Then he took my partners dinner order before I was ready. We waited another 10 minutes and he never came back. Another restaurant staff came to ask how everything was and straightened it out, but what a hassle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service!
    lisa
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a Groupon for the Jacobson and we will definitely go back even without one. The stuffed meatballs, KC Strip, and Chicken Picatta were outstanding. The Groupon covered two entrees, desssert and two cocktails, and to my great surprise we were encouraged to order the most expensive items on the menu in those categories. That never happens! The cocktails were excellent as well, and very creative. Good music, fun crowd, and excellent service. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was not overly impressed. The food prices were high compared to the quality of the food and service was sub par. However, their cocktails were fantastic. I'll probably go back for happy hour sometime to give it another shot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience
    Jtrardin
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Impeccable service, knowledgeable and very hospitable server and bartender. The manager introduced himself and was genuinely interested in our experience. The food...simply delicious! I've already recommended it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarketGuru
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful lunch with a friend - we both loved our food and the service was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Jacobson
    lovediningout1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was very pleased with my visit to The Jacobson last Friday evening. We went with another couple and had a really relaxing great dinner. We never felt rushed. Our waiter Randall was not only well informed but he had a nice sense of humor and answered all our questions concerning our dining choices. The drink selection was unusual but very good. I plan to visit this restaurant again. Since I do not live close to the restaurant I think that says it all. I enjoyed it enough to travel again for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    suzieQ
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were there on a Tuesday night. We were placed at a table by the bar, where we were told that the busy bartender would also be our waiter. I thought this was odd since we did have a reservation and were not walk-in diners. The bartender was very nice, and did his best, but he was being pulled in two directions. We had to grab another waitress to ask to order dessert (she was rather unfriendly), and we waited a long time for our checks. The food was very good, we loved the meatball appetizer; the seafood medley and the chicken piccata were also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good bar; marginal restaurant
    GLH77
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Two couples met for dinner and we had drinks at the bar before being seated. The bartenders were great and the drink selection was extensive with whimsical names like Pocket Square and Mark Twain. The hostess that seated us was friendly and accommodating to our request for a certain table. From there, it went down hill. Service was slow and the food was just ok. The appetizer's were good, but main course and salads not so much. The wine list was very limited. If you want a place to go for good drinks and appetizer's with a vibrant bar scene, head to The Jacobson and pull up a bar stool. Just stay away from the servers and tables.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Tsmurphkc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    What an evening at the Jacobson. The service was fantastic. We were given prime seating at an indoor/outdoor table with views of the surrounding neighborhood. Food was superb and even the other patrons were so nice and gracious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Kufishergirl01
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This suburban couple loved feeling cool, hip, and modern in this fun venue! Wonderful ambiance and food, and easy parking! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.