June 10, 2014

First area Pizza Studio opens in Legends Outlets

Customers can get a custom pizza in just a few minutes at the new Pizza Studio on Village Creek Parkway in Kansas City, Kan.. In other restaurant news, Garozzo’s closing in Olathe and Elephant Bar restaurant is closing in Overland Park.

Locally-owned BRICK Restaurant Group is introducing another fast-casual restaurant concept to the area

It’s called Pizza Studio and it opened June 3 in the Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1813 Village West Parkway, Q103. It lets customers create their own masterpiece — 11-inch pizzas with “unlimited” toppings for $7.99.

It offers many choices:

Crust: traditional, whole grain and flax seed, rosemary herb, firecracker, or gluten free.

Sauce: basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil, tangy barbecue, or tomato blend. Or customers can ask for a mix of sauces.

Cheese: crumbled goat, crumbled feta, freshly grated mozzarella, or shaved Parmesan.

Toppings: Including Kalamata olives, minced garlic, sliced jalapenos, roasted broccolini, sliced pineapple, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, all natural chicken breast, turkey fennel sausage, artichoke hearts, nitrate free pepperoni, and spices like chipotle powder.

The menu also includes “starving artist originals” for $5.99, such as the Veggie Lovers (whole grain and flax seed crust, tomato blend sauce, freshly grated mozzarella, green bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, red onions, Roma tomatoes and basil.

The pizzas are fired in a state-of-the-art oven for two minutes, and then finished with Italian herbs and brushed with garlic olive oil. During a fairly busy Monday afternoon this week it took just a few minutes from order to delivery.

BRICK is the parent company of PS Midwest Development LLC. The franchisee plans to open at least 20 Pizza Studio restaurants in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, including four or five in the Kansas City metro. The operations run about 1,800-to-2,000 square feet.

BRICK also is the parent company for FB Midwest Development LLC. FB Midwest Development owns and operates four metro Freebirds World Burrito locations, as well as three more in the region.

The BRICK in BRICK Restaurant Group stands for the partners in the business, Bryce Katz and his father, Richard Katz.

Garozzo’s closing in Olathe

After nearly seven years of operations, Garozzo's Ristorante is closing in Olathe.

The lease was up for the location, at 13505 S. Mur-Len Road, and Garozzo’s decided not to renew it.

“The simple answer is we weren’t breaking any records out there,” said owner Michael Garozzo. “But our catering operation has grown leaps and bounds so we are really focusing on that.”

The restaurant is scheduled to close Sunday. Its 20 employees have been offered positions at the other Garozzo’s restaurants in Overland Park, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit.

The Sunday night live jazz events, which started earlier this year at the Olathe restaurant, will be held at the Overland Park restaurant.

Elephant Bar closing

After more than a decade of business, Elephant Bar restaurant is closing in Overland Park.

The restaurant, at 11900 Metcalf Ave., will close this week, according to company spokeswoman Leslie Liberatore.

“There’s just not enough traffic at that location to sustain the business,” she said.

Maybe not enough traffic at the restaurant, but the intersection of 119th Street and Metcalf had a weekday traffic count of nearly 52,000 cars in 2011, the latest figures available.

Elephant Bar promised a “taste of safari” in the decor and elephant-sized portions when it opened in late 2003. The restaurant has 33 employees.

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