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.

New Thai restaurant for the Crossroads

For nearly 30 years a restaurant space at 1513 Grand Blvd. offered Thai food. Now a new owner is updating the space for a new Thai restaurant. Steve Srivisay plans to open S-E Asia Bistro at 1513 Grand Blvd. in May. It will have a short menu that will include authentic cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Q39 barbecue sets April opening on 39th Street

Rob Magee spent three decades working in food and beverage for top area hotels. But on the side he entered and won barbecue championships across the country. Now he’s ready to showcase his passion in a new barbecue restaurant called Q39, scheduled to open in early April.

Wil Jenny’s closing in south Overland Park

The restaurant opened nearly eight years ago at 6700 W. 135th St. But the owners want to concentrate on expanding their Nick & Jake’s concept. A Nick & Jake’s is set to open next month just south of the Country Club Plaza.

The Bite offers gourmet sandwiches and ice cream sandwiches

The Bite is not your average sandwich shop. The new shop at 23 E. Third St. in the City Market is offering about a dozen signature toasted sandwiches, including the Bay of Pigs and the Sloppy. In other news, St. Louis-based Kaldi’s Coffee taking over six Kansas City-area Latteland coffee shops.

McDonald’s plans to open near new Merriam Ikea

McDonald’s wants to open a new restaurant on the former Papa John’s site at 8915 Johnson Drive, Merriam. Hobby Lobby also wants open in the Merriam Village development and sites for two to three more restaurants or retailers are available. The 359,000-square-foot Ikea store is set to open this fall.

New commercial spaces for 39th & Southwest Trafficway

The southwest corner of 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway will soon be home to more commercial tenants. The owner is opening up the west side of the building at 809 W. 39th St. Up to five new storefronts will be available in the renovated section with entryways facing the parking lot. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by May.