Downtown Kansas City has two new side-by-side restaurants — fast casual operations that are just different enough that they are complementary.
• Barbosa’s Mexican Restaurant, which has two locations in St. Joseph, has entered the Kansas City market with Barbosa’s Express. It opened last week at 1124 Oak St.
Chelsea Taylor, a member of the Barbosa family, owns and manages the new operation. She brought in her brother, Brian Taylor, and her mother, Anna Taylor, as managers. Menu items include nachos, quesadillas, burritos, salads, wraps and traditional dinners.
“We just have a big following in Kansas City, and if this one is successful, we would like to open more,” Chelsea Taylor said.
• The Original Wing Busters & More, in Grandview, opened The Original Wing Busters & More downtown at 1128 Oak St. in late July.
The downtown location is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, but hours may be extended later.
Breakfast is served all day and includes breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, omelets, pancakes, waffles and wings, and sides like turkey bacon and bagels.
The lunch/dinner menu includes a variety of wings — Cajun, spicy lemon pepper, garlic Parmesan, jalapeno barbecue, honey mustard barbecue — along with fish, hamburgers, cheese steaks, sliders, wraps, sandwiches, salads and sides. The downtown location this week also launched a happy hour, with 50-cent wings from 3 to 6 p.m.
“We were doing a lot of delivery to downtown, to City Hall, and our customers let us know the space was available,” said Kimberly Bush, co-owner of the Original Wing Busters operations with her husband, Charles Bush. “When customers want Mexican, they will go to Barbosa’s, and when they want wings, they will come to Wing Busters. I think we are going to help each other out.”