Lee’s Summit’s Neighborhood Cafe is taking the former Wei’s Super Buffet spot in Waldo.
It plans to remodel the space at 7531 Wornall Road, along with a former salon space next door, and open by this summer.
Neighborhood Cafe traces its roots to Neighbor’s Cafe, which opened in downtown Lee’s Summit in 2001. The space, at 104 S.E. Third St., had been home to various family-style restaurants since the 1950s. Neighbor’s Cafe closed in early 2011.
A month later, a local ownership group reopened it as Neighborhood Cafe, serving breakfast all day, along with lunch and dinner. The menu includes breakfast burritos, breakfast and dinner skillets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, soups and salads, melts and hoagies, burgers, signature sandwiches like the barbecue pulled pork, and wraps like the chipotle turkey wrap and BLT with fried egg.
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Customers also get a complimentary cinnamon roll with every order, a tradition that had been in place at a couple of restaurants before Neighbor’s Cafe opened.
Neighborhood Cafe’s managing partner Tony Olson said Waldo is a “very tight-knit community like Lee’s Summit.”
“We realized it was a natural fit,” he said.
Bennie Vitale of Vitale Realtors handled the negotiations.
New downtown coffee shop
In mid-2014, Dan Flores and Sandra Waller took over The ‘Q’ at 11th and Broadway, at 1020 Broadway. They still operate a Quiznos in the spot, as well as Quality Hill Mart, but now they will open a new coffee shop called Da Vinci’s. It is scheduled to open in a couple of weeks, serving coffee, cakes and pastries.