So long Waid’s, hello Ariana in Watts Mill

10/02/2013 9:26 AM

10/02/2013 9:27 AM

The breakfast menu will return, and so will many of the employees.

But the new Ariana Restaurant replacing Waid’s restaurant in Watts Mill Plaza has a new owner and a new direction.

Owner Shaheen Shah Gul has already spent several long days cleaning and sprucing up the space at 1130 W. 103rd St. with the help of his family members. His mother is a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, and he plans to use many of her recipes for dishes on the lunch and dinner menu, and luncheon buffet, along with other dishes from the Middle East. Breakfast will be standard American items.

Many of the former Waid’s employees will return, including two chefs, he said. They saw Waid’s regulars often, sometimes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“They know the customers, the system,” Gul said.

He also plans to keep many of the shadow boxes lining the dining room walls and showcasing Kansas City memorabilia. But he will take down the shadow box highlighting Waid’s longtime history.

“I don’t want anyone to be confused. This is a new restaurant,” Gul said.

Ariana Restaurant is scheduled to open in late October.

Brewery in North Kansas City

More than two months after brewing its first batch of beer as a test run, the North Kansas City-based Cinder Block Brewery is now open.

Owner Bryce Schaffter first started brewing out of his Northland home about five years ago. Once he was confident in his beers, he shared them with other craft brewers.

Then he took it to the next level, starting a commercial brewery with an investor.

Cinder Block Brewery is offering six different beers in its taproom at 110 E. 18th Ave., including its Weathered Wit (described as a Belgian-style Wit beer with a light, tart, and slightly acidic flavor, finishing with a complex citrus blend). There’s also Prime Extra Pale Ale (described as being packed with an aroma of mango, citrus, and passion fruit).

“We are kind of a walk-in, bring your own food kind of establishment. But we also plan to bring in some food trucks,” Schaffter said.

Taproom hours are currently: 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Quick bites

•  Ulta Beauty, national beauty product retailer, plans to open Friday, in Ward Parkway Center.

Ulta Beauty, at 8600 Ward Parkway, Suite 1015 (on the Ward Parkway side of the center near Trader Joe’s), will offer cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, skincare, bath and body products, and salon styling tools, as well as salon haircare products.

•  The locally owned Zirpolo’s Italian Restaurant plans to open the week of Oct. 7 in the Hidden Valley Shopping Center, 3010 S. Missouri 291, Suite S.

It will feature family recipes, including 12 different sauces, along with sandwiches, and some Italian-styled entrees with a twist.

•  Mimi’s Cafe closed without notice recently in Zona Rosa, 8501 N.W. Prairie View Road.

The company blamed a “number of external circumstances” for that location no longer being in line with the company’s strategic direction.

Officials with Mimi’s Cafe did not return phone calls.


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