Restaurants

Twin Peaks sports bar opens in Olathe

Updated: 2013-04-02T14:26:26Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Paul Khoury has long introduced new restaurant themes to Kansas City as a co-founder of PB&J Restaurants Inc.

His best friend — and best man at his wedding 36 years ago — Jon McGee has long bugged him about opening a bar together.

But it was Khoury’s son, Patrick Khoury, who came up with an idea they could all do together — not a new one, but a new one to the area.

Twin Peaks opened for dinner Monday at 14805 W. 119th St., in the former home of My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. Lunch service will start Saturday.

“Twin Peaks is the best sports bar you’ve ever been to,” said Patrick Khoury, a partner in KC Lodge Ventures, owners of the new Olathe location. “We have 83 TVs, the coldest beer in town — 29-degree draft beer — scratch kitchen, with bold and crave-able items, rugged lodge feeling, and the Twin Peaks girls.”

The 6,600-square-foot space has been completely remodeled with a large open layout that still has a cozy lodge feel. But its the Twin Peaks Girls —friendly servers and bartenders who wear skin-baring plaid tie-tops, khaki shorts and Ugg-style boots — that all the hype is about.

Still, theme restaurants can’t rely on theme alone. So KC Ventures’ executive chef, Paul Clinton, oversees a menu of about 30 American classics prepared from scratch. One of his personal favorites is the green chile meat loaf topped with chipotle ketchup.

Other menu items are appetizers — Teasers at Twin Peaks — such as the towering barbecue pulled pork nachos that take workers about 6 minutes just to stack, along with crispy mini tacos, venison chili, blackened chicken quesadillas and fried pickles with ranch dipping sauce. “Well Built Sandwiches” include the Hangover Burger with fried egg and bacon, the Mile High Club, and the Chicken Ranch. Entrees — or the Smokin’ Hot Dishes — include chicken fried steak or chicken with jalapeno gravy and garlic mashed potatoes, the rib-eye pot roast, black tiger shrimp and jumbo chicken tenders basket, and grilled chicken Cobb salad or steak salad.

Twin Peaks was founded in 2005 in a Dallas suburb and now has more than 25 locations in 13 states.

KC Lodge Ventures includes a fourth partner, Tom Petersen. The group plans several more Twin Peaks locations, including sports bars in Independence and Springfield.

“I’m a big sports fanatic and wanted to do a combination of great sports, great food, and a great atmosphere in Kansas City,” McGee said. “When they walk in the door we are going to give them such a wow factor.”

Quick bites

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches plans to open April 23 near Crown Center. It is taking a first floor space in the 2345 Grand Complex, a 28-story office building at the northeast corner of Pershing Road and Grand Boulevard.

Savvy Coffee & Lunch Bar and McKensy’s Convenience Shop also operate on the first floor of the building.

After 15 years of operations, Chacko’s Eatery is closing in Mission. David and Rachel Finn, owners of the bakery at 6009A Johnson Drive, plan to close the operation on April 27. It began as a home-based catering company in 1998 and expanded to a full-line bakery and catering operation in mid-2000.

The Finns said their longtime customers are coming in for their last fixes of such Chacko’s favorites as cinnamon rolls and tuna cake sandwiches.

“Our children were 2 and 4 when we started this, and they are now 17 and 19. We just felt it was time to go on to the next thing,” said David Finn.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com.

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