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August 26, 2014

Joyce’s Quick Bites: Tokyo Joe’s heading for KC

A roundup a restaurant news from around the area. Tokyo Joe’s, a fast-casual Asian restaurant chain, wants to enter the area. Brooksider Bar & Grill is temporarily closed. Plus new restaurants for Blue Springs, the Northland and south Kansas City.

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Tokyo Joe’s, a Colorado-based chain, is now franchising and would like to enter the area in 2015.

Chad Corrigan, vice president of brand expansion, said brand awareness for Tokyo Joe’s is high in Kansas City. He also is looking for franchisees who want to open locations in Omaha, Neb.; Austin, Texas; and Salt Lake City. The Asian fast-casual restaurants occupy around 2,400 square feet.

Tokyo Joe’s was founded in 1996 with a goal of using the “best ingredients, nothing deep-fried, no MSG … just all-natural proteins, wild seafood and organic produce where possible.” It has 29 corporate-owned restaurants in Colorado and Arizona.

The Brooksider Bar & Grill, 6330 Brookside Plaza, is temporarily closed. Missouri Alcohol and Tobacco Control said its license expired on June 30.

Michael DePalma, a partner in the Brooksider, said there is dispute over taxes with the Missouri Department of Revenue that he hopes to have resolved by the end of the month, then he will renew his state liquor license and reopen the Brooksider in early September.

The owners of the Northland’s Tasty Thai, at 7104 N.W. Prairie View Road, have opened a sister restaurant next door. Big Bowl Pho, at 7106 N.W. Prairie View Road, serves appetizers like beef jerky and egg rolls, along with pho noodle soups, rice dishes, sukiyaki (beef, pork or seafood), vermicelli noodle bowls, and specialties like sesame chicken and kung pao.

The owner of a weekday lunch-only venue, Tasty Burgers & Gyro in the food court of City Center Square, 1100 Main St., said his customers wanted to be able to get his food during their off hours. So he has opened a second location in south Kansas City with a drive-through.

Tasty’s, at 9425 Blue Ridge Blvd., serves specialty burgers, fish filets, shrimp po’ boys, Philly cheesesteaks, giant tenderloins, Italian steak sandwiches, hot wings, chicken tenders and gyros, along with sides like jalapeno poppers and fried okra.

Locally owned Tony’s Restaurant has opened at 1711 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Menu items include lobster ravioli with roasted garlic Alfredo sauce, penne pie, eggplant lasagna, caprese salad, deli sandwiches, hot subs, grilled chicken grinders and brisket sandwiches. The family also owns a Tony’s Restaurant in Warrensburg, Mo.

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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