Before the end of the year, the nationally known barbecue restaurant will officially change its name, dropping “Oklahoma” for “Kansas City.” The Kansas City, Kan., company has slowly phased in the new name over the last three years.
QuikTrip is hoping its new made-to-order menu will draw people who want to fill up their stomachs — whether or not their vehicles need fill-ups. QT Kitchens offer a made-to-order menu that includes flatbreads, toasted sandwiches, personal pizzas, specialty coffee drinks, frozen lemonades, smoothies and ice cream.
The food permit for Hong’s Buffet & Mongolian Grill was temporarily suspended. Operations with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations were: Tasty Thai, Bo Lings, Saki Asian Restaurant, Luna Azteca Mexican Grill, Plaza III-The Steakhouse, Blue Bird Bistro, J-Mart, Marble Top Cafe, Savoy Grill and Wolf Burgers. Most critical and priority violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.
The Brooklyn-based chain, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, offers an assortment of home products, including furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, decorative accessories, dinnerware, kitchen items and gifts. It also features handcrafted pieces by local and international artisans.
Area restaurants and grocery stores cited for 7 or more priority and critical violations: Supermart El Torito, Abarrotes Durango, Kanz’s City Pizza & Burgerz, L.C.’s BBQ, Rock & Brews, Casa Agave 2, Drunken Fish, Ariana Restaurant, Duke’s on Grand Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection
Anton Kotar, a co-founder of Grinders and former partner in the Crossroads venue and now owner/operator of Anton’s Taproom in the Crossroads, is helping with the new restaurant. Estelle’s will have traditional diner items but with high-quality ingredients.
After 15 years in east Shawnee, Pegah’s has opened a sister restaurant in West Shawnee. The operations serve breakfast all day plus comfort foods liked Swiss steak, as well as entree salads and daily specials. First area SweetFrog premium frozen yogurt shop opens in KCK. Retail updates for Olathe and Overland Park.
Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard has been a Brookside mainstay for 26 years. But it is now in lease negotiations with its new landlord. A new “Keep Foo’s in Brookside” Facebook page claims a cupcake chain is in negotiations to replace Foo’s. West Elm plans to open Thursday on the Country Club Plaza. Jack Henry’s owners will replace the store with a Bryon’s men’s clothing store.
Chips & Dips is scheduling a soft opening at 11 a.m. Saturday at 2506 Holmes. Menu items will include chips and hummus, Greek salad, gyro,grilled chicken shawarma, soups, a sandwich of the day, tabouli, and falafel salad, as well as Turkish coffee.
The international chain will allow customers to start lining up as early as 48 hours before the 9 a.m. Sept. 10 opening. The store at Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed home furnishings.
Area restaurants cited for 7 or more critical health code violations: Red Dragon House, Bar Louie, The Peanut, Broadway Jazz Club, China Feast, The Oak Room at The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, Afro Beat, and Thai Place. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.
Dew Yah’s plans an October opening in downtown Parkville. It will sell such items as chicken keeping and bee keeping supplies, foraging books, organic soil and organic pest control products, perhaps even baby chicks. Old Town Sweets & Antiques is relocating from Leavenworth to downtown Parkville and plans to open later this month.
Two years after Grinders bought the former Kieltyka’s Stonewall Inn in Lenexa and after eight months of renovations, Grinders at Stonewall is ready for its debut. The first phase — the restaurant and bar — is scheduled to open Tuesday at 10240 Pflumm Road. But expect some soft openings for invited guests, including area residents, before that.
The locally owned New York Dawg Pound is scheduled to open in the food court by late August. It is taking the former Ingredient spot. New York Dawg Pound also has another Overland Park location on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
The locally owned LaBruzzo’s Sweet Oven plans to open in part of the former Hickok’s Bar & Grill space in the River Market. Items will include Italian cookies, pastries and bread. It plans to open by late October.