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April 17, 2014

First Watch plans to remodel two area restaurants and return in North Kansas City

The Florida-based company plans to revamp its restaurants at 2800 W. 53rd St. in Fairway and 12040 Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park by late summer. The restaurants will be open during the remodeling. First Watch also plans to reopen its North Kansas City restaurant at 409 Armour Road by the end of the year.

First Watch Restaurants Inc. is revamping two of its area restaurants and plans a return of its North Kansas City location.

The Florida-based company plans to remodel its restaurants at 2800 W. 53rd St. in Fairway and 12040 Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park by late summer. The restaurants will be open during the remodeling, which will include new flooring and booths and a new layout. Both restaurants opened in the late 1990s, according to the company.

First Watch also plans to reopen its North Kansas City restaurant by the end of the year. The location, at 409 Armour Road, closed in late 2013. According to management company NT Realty Inc., the building was damaged to the extent that it was economically unfeasible to repair. Engineering reports indicated the structural damage to the roof may have been due to heavy snowfalls in February 2013, and the building was recently demolished.

The new building’s front facade will be even with the sidewalk, and First Watch will have an outdoor patio and parking on the east side. Previously the building had a parking area in front so the restaurant wasn’t as visible from the street.

“It was a great restaurant for us, and we expect it to be even better than before,” said Richard Renninger, chief development officer for First Watch Restaurants.

The breakfast, brunch and lunch operations offer items like pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads — traditional takes and ones with a twist, including the Killer Cajun omelet with spicy Cajun all-natural white meat chicken and a side of Santa Fe sauce, veggie burgers, Reubens, chicken salad melts, BLTs with a fried egg, Cobb salads and Italian wedding soup.

The company has 119 First Watch restaurants in 15 states, including 11 in the area and one in Lawrence, and it is adding several restaurants annually. It also owns 20 restaurants in other markets under the Good Egg brand.

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