Cincinnati-based fast-casual restaurant chain Tom+Chee plans to open 13 new restaurants by spring 2015, including one in Olathe.
The area location, at 14991 W. 119th St., is scheduled to open in mid-October.
Tom+Chee specializes in tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, but it also is known for its “fresh ingredients and quirky takes on comfort food classics.”
Menu items include the vegetarian Hippy+Chee (with hummus, cucumber, mixed greens, tomato and cheddar cheese on wheat bread), Grilled Cheese Donuts (including caramelized banana and Gouda) and fresh salads. It also offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Area Tom+Chee franchisee Randy Brock also is a franchisee for Five Guys Burgers and Fries with seven area restaurants. Along with the new Olathe Tom+Chee, Brock plans to open about five more across the metro area.
“I think it is a unique concept — family-friendly with a lot of variety, everything made fresh and made from scratch,” Brock said.
Tom+Chee started as a food tent in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. But after the founders pitched their business on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in May 2013, they said they received more than 20,000 inquiries from people who wanted to operate their own Tom+Chee.
Tom+Chee now has 15 restaurants in operation and 150 more under contract, including locations planned for St. Louis, as well as Lincoln and Omaha in Nebraska.
Fuddruckers will replace the recently closed Cheeseburger in Paradise in the Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1705 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Luby’s, parent company of both concepts, did not provide an opening date for the new Fuddruckers.
Fuddruckers specializes in hamburgers that are grilled to order and placed on a scratch-baked bun that is made fresh daily. Customers can pile on the toppings of their choice. The restaurants also offer specialty burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and more.
Pita Pit, a quick-service franchise serving pita sandwiches, plans to open at 8775 W. 95th St., Overland Park, by the end of the year. The company was founded in Ontario, Canada, in 1995 and had once targeted college towns with area locations in Columbia, Lawrence and Manhattan. The menu includes meat pitas (like the Dagwood with turkey, Black Forest ham, prime rib, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, light mayonnaise and horseradish dip), veggie pitas and breakfast pitas.
McDonald’s plans to open its new Merriam restaurant, at 8915 Johnson Drive (near the new Ikea store), at 11:59 p.m. Monday. It will have a two-lane drive-through and a large dining area with a community table.
Merriam city officials said Taco Bell wants to open a location at 5930 Ikea Way, Merriam, between Jack in the Box and the new Ikea store. Taco Bell officials declined to comment.
McDonald’s at 9501 Westgate Drive, Lenexa, is scheduled to close Sept. 29. A new Overland Park McDonald’s is scheduled to open about a mile away at 11600 W. 95th St. in early October.
The owners of K-macho’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in Olathe have purchased the former Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que building at 11741 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, and will open another K-macho’s there after a major remodeling.
Sprouts Farmers Market, a specialty grocery chain, plans to open at 7 a.m. Sept. 10 at 8550 Maurer Road, Lenexa, just east of Interstate 435.
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