Zona Rosa is filling several spots

02/14/2013 4:16 PM

05/16/2014 9:09 PM

Zona Rosa will kick off the spring season with several new tenants.

• Michael Howell, a founder of the former 77 South in Leawood, plans to open Juicy’s Burgers and Spirits, described as a “high-quality burger restaurant and lounge,” in mid-March. Vegetables will be locally grown, breads and burger buns will be baked fresh daily, and sauces and condiments, including ketchup and mustard, will be made from scratch. It also will have signature shakes.

A happy hour menu will be available in the lounge, which will offer live entertainment several nights a week.

Juicy’s Burgers and Spirits will be at 8680 N.W. Prairie View Road. The former Tomfooleries Restaurant Bar space will be remodeled with new custom-made tables and a more upscale design. Unlike 77 South, Juicy’s will be a restaurant foremost, but it will have more of a bar scene after 9 p.m.

“There’s a void in the Northland market for a signature, upscale, gourmet burger restaurant. But we’ll also have salads, sandwiches, entrees and a children’s menu,” Howell said.

• Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine restaurant will open a spice market next door to its restaurant at 7407 N.W. 87th St. Along with spices, Swagat Spice Bazaar will sell such items as Indian cooking supplies, clothing and sari wraps.

• Yankee Candle plans an early summer opening at 8747 N.W. Prairie View Road.

• Gymboree Play Music, an early childhood development center, and Century 21 also plan to open outlets in the center.

Previously announced boutiques also are close to opening.

Altar’d State, a fashion boutique, could open by Monday at 7420 N.W. 87th St. Hot Mama has scheduled a late March opening at 8670 N. Dixson Ave. Torrid also is set to open in March at 8630 N. Dixson.

Zona Rosa is at the northwest corner of Interstate 29 and Barry Road in the Northland.

Barley’s to Leawood

KC Hopps Ltd. plans to open its third area Barley’s Brewhaus, this one in Leawood.

It signed a lease this week for a 7,000-square-foot space in Cornerstone of Leawood, 5041 W. 135th St. The space was formerly home to Cheeseburger in Paradise, Tannahs and then 77 South, but it will be completely remodeled for a scheduled May opening.

The restaurant and bar will have about 60 full- and part-time employees.

The Barley’s Brewhaus restaurants are known for their large selection of beers and made-from-scratch menu items. Among the offerings: goat cheese and caramelized onion tarts, Langostino and curried risotto croquettes, house-made sausages sourced locally and ancho honey-glazed salmon.

There also are Barley’s Brewhaus locations in Overland Park and Shawnee.

Beer or coffee?

Soon you won’t have to choose.

Two Kansas City companies — Boulevard Brewing Co. and the Roasterie — have teamed up on a new beer, Coffee Ale, which will be on store shelves in early March. The businesses, neighbors on the city’s west side, began testing samples in late September, and the final limited-edition beer was put in kegs and in 750-milliliter bottles in late January.

Unlike some coffee beers that are dark and heavy, the new Boulevard beer is lighter with a coffee aroma made by seeping a coarsely ground light Ethiopian roast into Boulevard ale. It will be part of the Boulevard Smokestack series and is expected to retail for between $8.99 and $10.99.

“It has a lighter base so the coffee itself could shine through. The freshly roasted beans were used in the fermentation process to give the beer as much of a coffee aroma as possible,” said Jeremy Ragonese, director of marketing for Boulevard. “We expect the beer to pair fantastically with desserts or even a doughnut if one is so inclined.”

Boulevard previously partnered with Kansas City-based chocolatier Christopher Elbow on chocolate ale for Valentine’s Day specials in 2011 and 2012.

“This is just a total, awesome outlet for us. Like small-town USA working together, and I think the community loves it and we love it,” said Danny O’Neill, founder of the Roasterie.

Quick bite

H is coming to Oak Park Mall with its second area location.

H plans to open a 25,500-square-foot store on the lower level near Nordstrom this fall. It will have collections for the family as well as “store within a store” sections for accessories, lingerie, maternity and sportswear.

It also has a location on the Country Club Plaza.

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