Mimi’s Cafe is leaving the metro

Officials with Mimi’s Cafe have confirmed that they are closing their two Overland Park restaurants on April 13. The locations are at Oak Park Mall, 11885 W. 95th St., and at 8301 W. 135th St. Stroud’s pan fried chicken has already announced plans to open in the 135th Street building in early June.

New brewery opening in the Crossroads

Torn Label Brewing Co. is taking a 7,000-square-foot space in The Studios Inc. at 1708 Campbell St. for a brewery and taproom to open later this year. Smallcakes A Cupcakery opens on 39th Street’s restaurant row, and new restaurants opening this week on Southwest Boulevard and in Blue Springs.

Restaurant and fitness club health inspections for March 31

Establishments cited for 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Stix, Woodside Health & Tennis Club, Danny’s Big Easy, Minsky’s Pizza, Unforked, Wei’s Super Buffet, Fish City, The Mixx, Tomfooleries, Tumbleweed, Austin’s Bar Grill, Chaz on the Plaza, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dos Reales Authentic Mexican Restaurant, and Roosters Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Most priority or critical health code violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

Barrel 31 raises a glass to whiskey

Barrel 31, which is scheduled to open Monday, pays homage to whiskey from its moonshines to single malt scotches to its chef-driven menu. Owner Chris Ridler took over the former Velvet Dog space, a 1880s-era red brick building at 400 E. 31st St., in mid-December and has spent the last few months working on the concept.

Lauren Alexandra shop closing in Northland’s Briarcliff Village

After nearly seven years in the Northland’s Briarcliff Village, Lauren Alexandra is closing. The children’s store, at 4145 N. Mulberry Drive, plans to shut down at 5 p.m. Sunday. It is currently having a moving sale with items up to 75 percent off. It also has a location in Brookside.

Maryland company wants to buy part of Brookside district

First Washington Realty Inc. of Bethesda, Md., has a contract to buy about 130,000 square feet in Brookside from BKS Real Estate LLC. The contract includes most commercial properties north of 63rd Street from Main Street to Wornall Road. The purchase price was not disclosed. If everything goes as planned, the deal would close in May.

New City Market shop offers traditional household items with a twist

Yoki, which has its grand opening Saturday, will offer a variety of home goods including many “Japanese-inspired” items that are “high-quality but affordable,” the owners said. An inventory list includes housewares, kitchenware, dishes and ceramics, stationery and home office items, health and beauty products, gifts, novelties, and seasonal items.

Poetry and more coming to new Crossroads venue, the Vibe

The Vibe is scheduled to open in early May at 404 E. 18th St., near Grinders. It will feature weekly poetry events as well as karaoke on Thursday nights and out-of-town comedians on a monthly basis. It also will serve wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers.

Cinder Block Brewery now offering ciders

North Kansas City’s new breweries are already expanding. The Cinder Block Brewery has added cider to its menu, and the Big Rip Brewing Co. has doubled its brewing capacity and plans to add a beer garden next month. In other news, a new barbecue restaurant called Q39 is set to join 39th Street’s restaurant row in April.

Drive-through grocery coming to Olathe in April

Customers at Zoomin Market in Olathe will be able to place their orders online and then pull up in a drive-through lane where employees will load up their groceries. In other news, the new Merriam Ikea sparks more commercial development. Restaurants close in Overland Park and Kansas City, Kan.

Revel, a new traveling bar, brings drinks to customers

Eddie Crane, the former owner of the Drop in Martini Corner, and his partner, Simone Snellink, have started Revel — Traveling Bar & Events, bringing the bar to their customers. In other news, Raygun, a shop that screen-prints T-shirts, notebooks, posters and coasters, is coming to the Crossroads.

Area restaurant and grocery store health code violations for March 17

These establishments were cited for 7 or more critical or priority health code violations: Corner Grill, El Camaroncito, J’s Fish & Chicken Market, Taqueria Mexico, Balls Price Chopper, Banadir Grocery, Bonito Michoacan, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Ixtapa Fine Mexican Grill, Nick’s Italian Pizza, and Villa Capri.