The Mixx’s third restaurant and first in Kansas opened Tuesday in Overland Park.
And while several other restaurants have struggled in the spot, at 11942 Roe Ave. in Hawthorne Plaza, several new factors should contribute to the Mixx’s chance of success there.
First, the center is undergoing a multimillion dollar makeover that will be completed later this month. The Mixx also will be near a first-to-market tenant, The Container Store, which also is opening a two-story store later this month.
Mixx owner Jo Marie Scaglia also gutted the space, which sits on the southeast corner of the center, for her favorite mid-century modern design. Now it features floor-to-ceiling windows on the front that open to a wrap-around patio area and a large skylight over the dining room. There’s also a TV for news or restaurant-inspired shows, and two community tables seating eight people a piece.
Customers enter a lounge area to get to the Mixx’s first full-service coffee and fresh-pressed juice bar. The bar’s menu includes seven hand-crafted pressed juice drinks, including The Arrowhead (beet, carrot, orange and turmeric) and the V10 (tomato, celery, beet, red bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, lime, garlic, jalapeno, horseradish root, salt and pepper), or customers can create their own from a selection of 24 ingredients.
The Mixx offers five signature smoothies including the Mocha Almond Joy (cold brewed coffee, dates, almond milk, raw cacao, cinnamon and vanilla powder), or customers can create their own smoothie from a selection of 20 ingredients. The Mixx also will add wellness shots for digestion, cleansing, immune support and other health benefits.
Scaglia also has teamed up with Kansas City’s Broadway Roasting Co. for coffee drinks including espresso, mocha, Americano, latte and cappuccino. Customers also can customize their orders with Scaglia’s hand-crafted syrups, including cinnamon-caramel and rosemary, as well as chocolate and caramel sauces.
It has an in-house bakery for such items as cupcakes, muffins, granola bars, cookies, breakfast breads and some gluten-free selections. The bakery will serve all three locations.
Customers ordering a meal will move down the line in front of its open kitchen, selecting specialty salads or customizing their orders from a selection of more than 60 ingredients. The Mixx also offers house-made soups, sandwiches and wraps, pasta, beer and wine.
A new breakfast menu will launch June 15 and include grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches, wraps, house-made granola parfaits, and create-your-own egg scrambles.
The first Mixx opened south of the Country Club Plaza in 2005 and a second restaurant opened in the Power & Light District in 2009. It’s new 4,300-square-foot Overland Park restaurant was formerly home to such restaurants as 40 Sardines and WestChase Grille.
“There is a demand for quick-casual dining and something healthy in the Overland Park and Leawood area — for the businesses and the residents,” Scaglia said.
Hawthorne Plaza also is completing a multimillion-dollar makeover.
David Hickman, senior vice president at CBRE, which manages the center said the renovation will give Hawthorne a “modern, updated look and improved traffic flow.”
The renovation includes new stone facades, landscaping and outdoor seating areas to encourage customers to linger, pedestrian pathways and a reconfigured parking lot. It is scheduled to completed later this month in time for the area’s first Container Store is scheduled to open on June 27. Occupancy of the 131,000-square-foot center, at 119th Street and Roe Avenue, will then be at about 94 percent.
“We are very excited to add the Mixx to our tenant line-up. She’s got a phenomenal brand and her concept has a lot of energy to it,” Hickman said.
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