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Quick’s barbecue celebrates its 49th, but road project threatens future

Updated: 2013-05-14T23:29:20Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

On Tuesday, the Quick family marked 49 years of serving barbecue from a little brick building on Merriam Lane.

But as they celebrated, the Quicks also were looking ahead, hoping that a new road project won’t keep them from celebrating a 50th anniversary.

The $7.8 million project — of which $4.2 million comes from federal funds — is scheduled to start in the summer of 2014 with some preliminary utility work starting this fall. It will include street restoration, improved draining and lighting, new sidewalks on both sides, a grass strip and new curbs, along with bike lanes on each side.

But Ron Quick, owner of Quick’s Bar-B-Q & Catering, claims the project will take at least 10 of his parking spaces, or about half of the striped spaces in his lot. The entrance to the parking lot also would be narrowed and curbs would be added along Merriam Lane, making it harder for customers to get in and out.

“I’m not a little fat barbecue guy against the bikers,” Ron Quick said. “I just think losing those spaces will put us out of business. That’s my opinion from looking out these windows for 50 years.”

Ron’s father, Earl Quick, founded Quick’s in the spot at 1007 Merriam Lane in 1964. Ron took over as manager in 1978 and became owner in the mid-1990s. Now Ron’s son Dustin Quick is general manager. It turns out barbecue sandwiches and dinners, salads, ribs, chicken tenders and salads. The family recently expanded by opening the Quick’s on Wheels food truck.

“That whole corridor has a lot of history — one of the first areas extending out of downtown and with all kinds of oddities,” said Bill Heatherman, Wyandotte county engineer. “We are not looking to cause more of a disruption than need be but we do have a right of way there and we do have a road that we want to take care of.”

Indeed, the right of way extends into the front part of Quick’s building.

Still, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., is working to try to accommodate the businesses as the project moves along, including Quick’s, he said.

“About eight parking spaces currently being used in the city’s right-of-way are impacted by the improvements,” Heatherman said. “Of those, we’ve proposed giving back three as official parallel parking spaces off Merriam Lane, along with five others striped along the edge of 10th Avenue, immediately to the east of his building — so no net loss.”

Ron Quick disagrees, saying customers already park in the unmarked spaces on 10th Avenue.

New OP sports bar is going to extremes

The owners of The Roxy bar are opening another Overland Park venue.

Overtime Sports Bar & Grill plans a June 7 opening at 11300 W. 135th St. The former Paddy O’Shays space has been gutted and remodeled.

Overtime will have 42 beers on tap, including 10 Boulevard Brewing Co. beers and at least four from Free State Brewing Co., as well as more than 100 different bottled beers. It also will have about 40 TVs and four projector screens.

“We like things in excess,” said Irina Stolyar, general manager of Overtime and daughter of the owners, Mike and Tanya Stolyar.

The broad menu will include house-made dips — from Buffalo chicken to loaded baked potato — served with tortilla chips, along with soups, burgers, salads and desserts. Entrees will include orange-wasabi glazed chicken thighs with Grand Marnier sauce and beer battered pork tenderloin.

Some menu items will change seasonally with the first round including a coconut shrimp entree with Malibu dipping sauce and a grilled eggplant sandwich.

It also will have a children’s menu.

New OP buffet taking former buffet spot

Liang Dong Guo, who owns China Buffet in Olathe, is opening Pacific Buffet Sushi Steak & Grill with his son, Shengkai Guo.

It is scheduled to open Wednesday at 8725 Metcalf Ave., serving appetizers, soups and salads, sushi and sashimi a la carte, signature rolls, and sushi bar entrees, fried rice and lo mein.

Buffet lunch prices will be $7.29 for adults and $4.29 for children Monday through Saturday. Buffet dinner prices will be $9.99 for adults and $5.99 for children Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, buffet prices will be $10.49 for adults and $5.99 for children all day.

Pacific Buffet also will have other lunch and dinner specials.

Fuddruckers also had operated in the spot before Royal Buffet for a short stint.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC.

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