Stroud’s will soon be selling its famous pan-fried chicken in Independence.
Stroud’s, which dates to 1933, has leased a 6,270-square-foot building at 19700 Valley View Parkway, current home of El Maguey Mexican Restaurant.
Gilberto Jaime’s late father opened the Independence El Maguey nearly a decade ago. Jaime planned to celebrate its 10th anniversary in February 2015, but he said he was not able to renew its lease.
El Maguey is scheduled to close in January, and the building will be extensively renovated before Stroud’s opens next summer.
Jim Hogan and Mike Donegan bought Stroud’s longtime location at 85th Street and Troost Avenue in 1977. Donegan became the sole owner in the early 1990s and later moved the restaurant to Fairway.
In October 2013, the locally owned KC Hopps became an equity partner in the Fairway Stroud’s and a partner in any new Stroud’s locations. Donegan also owns a Northland Stroud’s that is not part of the deal with KC Hopps.
This year, KC Hopps spent several weeks renovating a former Mimi’s Cafe at 8301 W. 135th St., Overland Park, for a new Stroud’s that opened in early July.
Ed Nelson, president of KC Hopps Ltd., said the new Independence Stroud’s will serve residents of eastern Jackson County, sports fans headed to and from the stadiums complex, and tourists and other traffic from nearby Interstate 70.
Along with its famous pan-fried chicken, Stroud’s serves such items as KC strip, pan-fried or broiled pork chops, salmon, catfish, shrimp, cheeseburgers and chicken fingers.
KC Hopps has several area restaurants including Barley’s Brewhaus, 75th Street Brewery, 810 Zone and O’Dowd’s Little Dublin. 75th Street Brewery also created a brew for Stroud’s — Chicken Choker Ale.
KC Hopps is working on plans to open a Stroud’s in Topeka, perhaps in 2016.