Northeast Joco

Port Fonda owner Patrick Ryan plans Westwood restaurant

Updated: 2013-08-06T22:37:14Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Patrick Ryan started with the Port Fonda food truck, but then settled down in a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Westport in mid-2012.

The permanent Port Fonda has become so popular, Ryan is planning another brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Ryan’s The Town Co. is scheduled to open in fall 2014 in the new Woodside Village project at 47th Street and Rainbow Boulevard in Westwood. The center also will include a GreenAcres Market.

Ryan is still working on the concept and cuisine and will reveal more closer to the opening of the new Westwood restaurant.

Family dishes up some soul in Olathe

Customers of the new Sweet T’s Soul Food Buffet will find it has a homey feel, mainly because one or more of the Taylor family can be found behind the counter.

Devan and Shawn Taylor had operated a deli on Troost Avenue in the 1990s and they continue to work in the ministry field. In May they opened Sweet T’s in a former Ponderosa Steakhouse at 1109 E. Santa Fe in Olathe. The couple and/or one of their five children can typically be found behind the buffet, dishing up menu items that include fried fish and chicken, brisket, buffalo wings, greens, green beans, mac-and-cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, red beans and rice, corn bread, cake and peach cobbler.

The “Sweet” in the name comes from Shawn’s stint as rapper Lady Sweet while the “T” is for Taylor.

Sweet T’s is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Updates

•  A new shopping center tentatively called Metcalf Village at 91st Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park has started work on a new Wendy’s restaurant. The Wendy’s, which is scheduled to open in mid-September, will be one of the chain’s new prototype designs.

Noodles & Co. has dropped its plans to open in the center, but construction on a 16,000-square-foot retail center holding four to five tenants is expected to start in about 30 days.

•  Academy Sports + Outdoors, a sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, plans an August 16 opening for its first area store. The store will be at 9781 Quivira Road, Overland Park, just south of Oak Park Mall. It also is opening an Olathe store later this year.

•  Spin Neapolitan Pizza plans an early October opening for its new restaurant in Corinth Square, 8224 Mission Road, Prairie Village.

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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