Kansas City’s Taqueria Mexico Mexican Grill & Cantinas have had staying power because the three brothers who own the operations mix in new menu items with longtime customer favorites.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
Now celebrating 19 years in the restaurant business, they recently opened their fourth area location, this one in Olathe. The location, at 11977 S. Strang Line Road, formerly housed a La Parrilla restaurant and before that a Hooters.
“We offer authentic Mexican food, from our family’s recipes, a lot of it on the grill, and we put in some new dishes every three years to offer new interest,” said Arturo Romo, who owns the restaurants with his brothers Jose Ricardo Romo and David Romo.
The restaurants serve a variety of items including breakfast dishes, appetizers, soups and salads, tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas, fajitas, seafood entrees and specialty dinners such as the Alambres Mexico (shrimp, skirt beef steak, bacon with bell peppers, onions and melted cheese) and the Bistec Mariposa (steak filled with cheese and jalapenos). They also offer daily specials like 99 cent tacos on Mondays and Lunch Express dishes for $6.49 to $9.99.
The brothers opened their first location in 1994 and they now have four restaurants in the Kansas City area and also own a restaurant under another name in El Dorado, Kan.
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates plans to open a store in Prairiefire, under development at 135th Street and Nall Avenue. The 1,800-square-foot store is scheduled to open in March 2014.
The company was founded by master chocolatier Beth Tully in 2005 and has one store in Wichita. It specializes in preservative-free, handmade confections in unique designs, including its signature Cinnamon Orange Chocolate (which is 57 percent bittersweet, organic, orange-infused ganache flavored with fresh orange zest and Cassia cinnamon).
Other menu items include macarons, gelato, and coffees. The Wichita store also does wine and chocolate pairings. At the new Overland Park store, it also may add cheese pairings to the list.
Tully said she choose Prairiefire because it was another upscale development like her store in Wichita’s Bradley Fair and it provided an opportunity in a larger market.
“I’ve always loved that area. We have family there so it has a great sort of hometown feel for us,” she said.
Burlington takes former JCPenney Home Store space
Burlington Coat Factory, a national off-price chain, will open a new Overland Park store this fall.
The 50,000-square-foot Burlington store, in the former JCPenney Home Store space in Overland Crossing at 12040 Metcalf Ave., will offer brand name merchandise for the family and home with savings of up to 65 percent off department store prices. including dresses, suits, sportswear, footwear, children’s clothing, furniture, home decor and gifts. It will have about 75 employees.
• Oak Park Mall said it will add Ingredient, a locally owned chain serving such items as soups, salads and sandwiches, to its food court this summer. Oak Park Mall is at 95th Street and Quivira Road, Overland Park.
• Happy Wok Super Buffet Hibachi & Grill opened recently at 14870 S. Harrison St., Olathe, in the former Red Lobster building by the Great Mall of the Great Plains. It is open daily serving meat, vegetable and seafood dishes, along with pizza, steak, salad bar and dessert bar items. During its happy hour from 2 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, customers get 10 percent off their meal.