In early 2016, Springfield, Mo.’s Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar announced plans to enter the market.
Now its area franchisee, Lee’s Summit-based H2B Restaurants LLC, has opened a Lee’s Summit location.
H2B took a 6,500-square-foot space at 860 N.W. Blue Parkway, Suite W, in Summit Fair.
Menu items include Buffalo chicken dip, smothered steak (USDA choice center cut, seasoned sirloin with grilled onions, mushrooms and melted mozzarella cheese), lemon pepper chicken, Caribbean jerk chops, pan-seared tilapia, chicken ranch Alfredo penne pasta, street tacos, and barbecue pork chops.
It has more than 100 different whiskeys, two dozen beers on tap, classic cocktails and frozen cocktails, wine and seasonal specialty cocktails like the Black Walnut Old Fashioned. It also has 30 large HDTVs.
It seats more than 260 people indoors and also has a covered patio.
Big Whiskey’s co-founder Paul Sundy said he named the restaurants after a longtime customer of his grandfather’s tavern in Lockwood, Mo. The regular would come in a couple of times a week at happy hour with the same drink order: “I’m only going to have one, so make it a big one,” earning him the nickname Big Whiskey.
Big Whiskey’s Concepts owns five of the restaurants — three in Springfield and two in the Ozark region. A location also will open in Republic, Mo., this summer. A franchisee recently opened a location in Bentonville, Ark.
The company said the Kansas City metro area could hold six to eight locations.