Chow Town

October 9, 2013

Owners of two Leawood restaurants adding large event space

Specialty Cuisine Concepts owns and operates Mio - an Italian trattoria and Mio - an Italian pizzeria in Parkway Plaza, at the northwest corner of 135 Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood. Now it is expanding again in the center with a new 11,000-square-foot event space.

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Specialty Cuisine Concepts owns and operates Mio - an Italian trattoria and Mio - an Italian pizzeria in Parkway Plaza, at the northwest corner of 135 Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood. Now it is expanding again in the center.

The company is taking over 11,000 square feet on the center’s east side and is converting the space into an event and conference center.

Carl Brandt, director of operations, said the company will turn the strip center space into a “country club/resort-style” setting with a central bar and indoor fireplace, and an outdoor fireplace in a new landscaped patio area.

A mid-January opening is scheduled and it is now taking reservations for 2014 events.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to

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