The Stack BarBQ, Peachtree Cafeteria, Margarita’s South open this week


04/01/2014 11:32 AM

05/16/2014 12:59 PM

Several new restaurants are opening this week across the metro.

A sampling:

•  The Stack BBQ went dark earlier this year with little notice.

Now new owners are reopening it today as The Stack BarBQ.

Jeff Hallier and Heather Duke remodeled the spot at 8920 Wornall Road but will have the same menu. They also have added a new item — pigskin poppers (cream cheese stuffed jalapeno wrapped in bacon and smoked in the pit), and more menu items will be added later this month.

Smokestack BBQ also had operated in the space. After it closed, one of its longtime employees partnered with a best friend from childhood who had worked at Smokestack during the summers. Together they opened The Stack BBQ in early 2012. They built a loyal following since then, and some of those customers have still showed up, disappointed to find the barbecue closed.

The new Stack BarBQ will have sandwiches and dinners including sliced meat platters, ribs, burnt ends, and 1/2 chicken. Sides include potato salad, cheesy corn, baked beans and sweet potato tots.

•  Peachtree Cafeteria Brunch-Lunch-Dinner is opening today in the former Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious spot in Gates Plaza, 2128 E. 12th St., according to landlord Ollie Gates and restaurant employees.

Vera Willis, co-owner of The Peachtree Buffet, declined to comment on the new restaurant.

Peachtree is known for its soul food, traditional Southern cuisine and comfort food — fried chicken, baked neckbones, smothered pork chops, Mississippi catfish, collard greens, candied yams and peach cobbler. The new restaurant will have cafeteria-style service.

Vera and Lavell Willis opened the all-you-can-eat Peachtree Buffet on Eastwood Trafficway in 1996. Six years later they added a location in the 18th & Vine district, but they relocated that restaurant to the Power & Light District in 2008.

After two years of operations, the Power & Light restaurant filed for bankruptcy reorganization and it closed in late 2010.

•  Margarita’s first opened in Martin City in 1995.

Sales were strong for more than a decade but by 2008 sales were slipping. Dave Quirarte, president, had health problems requiring surgery and had to rely on management.

He closed the restaurant at 13401 Holmes Road and tried to sell the building. When he couldn’t find a buyer he signed a three year contract with Swagger to open in the spot. Swagger operated in the space for a short time before closing.

Now Quirarte has remodeled the building and plans to reopen Margarita’s there at 11 a.m. Thursday.

It will have the same menu as the other Margarita’s restaurants, including daily specials.

Margarita’s was founded in 1985 and has locations on Southwest Boulevard, Lenexa, Liberty and the Northland.

It also sells Margarita’s Amigos products including salsa, taco seasoning, and chicken seasoning.


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