Longboards Wraps & Bowls wants to give its customers a mini-vacation.
“We want it to be like you are at an island for a hour when you come in and you leave with a big happy smile. Let’s have a good day,” said Gilbert Macapagal, founder of the locally owned Longboards.
Macapagal moved to Kansas City from the Philippines when he was 16 years old. He later lived in San Diego, Calif., where he embraced the laid-back surfer lifestyle.
But Kansas City was home, so he returned in 1998. He worked for several Kansas City restaurants and corporate kitchens before opening his first Longboards, a fast-casual concept, at 6269 N. Oak Trafficway, Oakview, in 2004.
“Every chef dreams of their own restaurant. But I didn’t want the complications of a full-service operation,” Macapagal said.
A decade later he added a Liberty location at 1173 W. Kansas St. with business partner John Bailey. Their new Mission location opened Monday at 5415 Johnson Drive.
The menu includes a wide variety of choices: Cool Style Wraps like the Thai Roll (choice of chicken or steak, pepper jack cheese, vegetables, thin rice noodles, lettuce and peanut sauce), and Grilled Style Wraps like the Cabo Chicken (chicken, guacamole, pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, rice and chipotle ranch), as well as Hawaiian Sliders, Grilled Flat Wraps, salad bowls, hot noodle bowls, and super-size wraps like the Bad Mofo (steak, hard-boiled egg, pasta salad, mozzarella, lettuce and choice of sauce).
Longboards offers a variety of house-made sauces and dressings, including Thai peanut, Thai chili vinaigrette, wasabi mayo, honey mustard, orange sauce and chipotle ranch.
Less than a year after opening in the Watts Mill Plaza, Ariana Restaurant closed recently.
Ariana took over the former Waid’s restaurant space at 1130 W. 103rd St. in November 2013.
But Shaheen Shah Gul, a partner in the business, said the space was too large, and he didn’t pick up as many of the former Waid’s customers as he had planned even though he kept some of the most popular Waid’s menu items and added new ones like lamb kebabs.
▪ Is Zoës Kitchen coming to Kansas City?
The company declined to comment on its plans for the Kansas City market.
However, contractors are taking bids for a “Zoës Kitchen @Country Club Plaza.” Officials with Highwoods Properties, landlords for the Plaza, declined to comment.
Corbin Park sources said a Zoës Kitchen also is proposed for a new 10,000-square-foot building planned for the east side of the Overland Park complex at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue. Other tenants proposed for the new Corbin Park building are Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Another 1,300-square-foot space is still available.
▪ What happened to Pizza Manifesto in Waldo?
Pizza Manifesto, a fast casual Neapolitan-style pizza operation, opened about six months ago at 505 W. 75th St.
Now it has posted this sign on the door: It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. We are making some changes. Closed until further notice.
Restaurant officials couldn’t be reached for comment.
Pizza Manifesto’s neighbor, Chipotle Mexican Grill, said its sister restaurant, Pizzeria Locale, wants to open a location in the area.
Chris Arnold, spokesman for the Denver-based Chipotle, said: “I think it could be a great city for us, but we do not have a deal there and no details to share at this time.”
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