October 29, 2013

English-style pub opens in the Northland

The Country Club Plaza gets a new candy store, and other retail and restaurant updates.

Toby Corder wanted to open a tavern in Kansas City that would be reminiscent of the ones he hung out in in his native London in the 1980s.

His new White Horse Pub, at 10221 N. Oak Trafficway, offers such starters as Scotch Eggs, Coronation Chicken (chunks of white meat chicken tossed in a mild curry dressing and garnished with cranberries, celery, and candied pecans), and seasoned fries with a variety of toppings, including chili or brown gravy.

Also on the menu: soups, salads with housemade dressings, hand-pressed burgers, and entrees like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, fish pie, and The Full Monty (called a proper British breakfast with two eggs, bangers, British bacon, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans, grilled seasoned tomato and toast — a meal that is served all day). White House Pub also has classic United Kingdom condiments.

Corder promises at least one of his five TVs will be turned to a soccer game. The walls feature photos and other memorabilia of his favorite United Kingdom celebrities — Monty Python, The Beatles, Queen, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and The Who. Corder’s wife, Mary Pat Corder, created some colorful stained glass pieces featuring flags from the British Isles. And a lifesize and lifelike statue of a British Royal Guard greets customers as they come in the door.

“It’s a cozy, neighborhood place where people will want to congregate and have good conversations,” said Corder, who has lived in the U.S. since 1988 and who became a citizen in 1997.

Plaza sweets

The Country Club Plaza just got a lot sweeter.

South Florida candy retailer It'sugar is stocking its new Plaza shop with a variety of goodies — lollipops, chocolates, gummy bears, mints and more. The shops also sell candy-inspired fashion apparel, including themed T-shirts — Hello Kitty, Marilyn Monroe, and Marvel Super Heroes — along with accessories and novelty gifts.

Items include 1.5-pound boxes of Hot Tamales, giant Tootsie Pops, bacon-flavored lip balm and bacon-flavored mints, Duck Dynasty pillows and stuffed plush ducks, small tubs of cotton candy, Batman shot glasses, and a variety of Pez candy dispensers.

The 1,117-square-foot Plaza shop is at 445 W. 47th St.

Quick bites

•  A new Wendy’s has opened at 7933 State Line Road. It has one of Wendy’s new contemporary designs with large windows, multiple seating options, TVs, free Wi-Fi, and digital menuboards.

•  Nuts and Bolts True Value hardware plans to open a new store at 7503 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, on Nov. 5. The 17,000-square-foot store, in the former Hancock Fabrics building, will sell hardware, electrical, plumbing, paint, housewares, tools, and lawn-and-garden items.

It will be the Overland Park-based company's eighth area location and the third store to open this year.

•  Sam’s Club, at 5110 N. Oak Trafficway, has remodeled — expanding its fresh produce, meats and home meal solutions departments, and redoing its cafe, restrooms and parking lot. The store opened 25 years ago.

•  Chinatown Express has opened at 10201 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 600. It is offering Chinese cuisine for dine-in and carryout, including soups, fried rice Mei Fun, Egg Foo Young, Lo Mein, and specialties such as sesame beef and orange chicken.

•  Café Hà Tiên has opened at 1032 W. 103rd St. The menu includes Vietnamese-styled fried rice, rice noodle bowls, and entrees like marinated Cornish hen pan-fried in butter sauce.

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