Gourmet burgers and craft beers will highlight the menu at The Burg & Barrel, set to open in Overland Park in mid-February.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
Jake Chappelow, co-owner of Bar West in Shawnee and Conroys Public House in Overland Park, is a partner in the new restaurant and pub with Amanda Chambers, who has been in the area restaurant and bar business for a dozen years.
It is opening in a space that formerly housed The Peanut on 76th at 7042 W. 76th St. The space is being extensively remodeled and will have a dozen beers on tap, including several beers by Boulevard Brewing Co., along with bottles of local and regional craft beers. A grand opening is scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 15.
The Burg & Barrel will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving lunch and dinner, along with a hoppy hour menu.
A healthy option
The owners of the new T. Loft promise a bit more than a typical tea and juice bar.
The operation, which is scheduled to open March 16 at 8025 State Line Road, will sell more than 30 blends of teas served hot or cold gourmet tea drinks (like coconut tea mixed with house-made almond milk), and fusion tea (tea, fruit juice and whole fruit). It also will have a fresh juice bar and an all-natural/gluten-free bakery case (including sweet potato brownies).
Jill Minton, who owns the shop with her husband Brandon, has Celiac disease, as does her daughter, father and sister. So the family became focused on a healthier lifestyle that included eating healthy items and drinking tea and juice.
We are passionate about helping people feel better than they ever imagined, in a quick and convenient way, she said.
Three new retailers will be popping up on the Country Club Plaza this spring.
• Vera Bradley is taking a 2,385-square-foot space at 319 Nichols Road, next to Kate Spade.
The chain is known for its colorful designs and patterns on luggage and handbags, and also sells accessories and travel items.
• Teavana, a high-end tea bar and tea retailer, plans a spring opening in a 759-square-foot space at 427 Nichols Road. It offers more than 100 varieties of loose-leaf tea, along with teawares and accessories. Swarovski Gallery Store recently closed in the space.
• J. McLaughlin, a New York-based womens and mens fashion retailer, will take a 1,277-square-foot space at 4703 Broadway.
• Shatto Milk Co. will raise a toast to its 10th anniversary this year with limited-edition flavors. The first flavor, Chocolate Cherry Milk, is in stores now while supplies last and has the word smooch running down the front and tiny red hearts around the cow head logo. Only 2,000 smooch bottles were produced.
The next special bottle will have a St. Patricks Day theme. Three more flavors will be released later this year.
• A family-friendly grill and bar targeting the local soccer community plans to open in Overland Park in late spring.
The local investment group has signed a lease for a 6,087-square-foot space in Pinnacle Village, 12030 Blue Valley Parkway, a space which formerly housed W.J. McBrides Irish Pub and then Nicks Pizzeria and Ice Cream.
A name for the new grill and bar is still being determined but it will have soccer memorabilia in the décor, broadcast major soccer games and cater to local childrens soccer teams.
• Pizza Ranch plans to open a new freestanding restaurant in the Plaza at the Speedway, by the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., this fall.
Pizza Ranch, an Iowa-based fast casual chain, is known for its specialty pizzas and broasted chicken, along with a buffet that features pizza, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and dessert.
• Nations Restaurant News has selected Kansas Citys Spin Neapolitan Pizza as one of its 50 Breakout Brands, all featured in its Jan. 28 special edition: Meet the concepts shaking up the restaurant marketplace.
Brands had to range in size from a couple of units to 75, have an interesting point of differentiation, and have demonstrable expansion plans. They also had to be generating excitement among consumers, their operator peers and potential investors.