Standees-The Entertaining Eatery is changing its restaurant concept — again.
Standees opened in May 2013 as a new combo operation. It was a restaurant first and foremost, but it also offered movie theaters, all under one roof.
However, many customers saw the restaurant more as a giant concession stand than a stand-alone operation, the owners said. So in April 2015, the owners temporarily shut down the restaurant, at 3935 W. 69th Terrace in the Prairie Village Shopping Center, to create a more family-friendly eatery called Chocolate Frog.
But Chocolate Frog recently closed to make way for another new concept, C. Frogs BBQ Steak Whiskey.
“We had a really good run with Chocolate Frog. But the Frog is growing up a little bit,” said Peter Brown, founder and partner in Standees.
Longtime area restaurateur Forbes Cross said he developed the C. Frogs concept specifically for the Prairie Village spot.
“What does Prairie Village not have? This is something different,” said Cross, who is now a partner in the operation. He also is a partner in Michael Forbes Bar & Grille in Brookside.
C. Frogs will have a “more masculine” decor when it reopens in mid-July.
It also will have such menu items as slow-smoked roast beef dip au jus, rotisserie rosemary chicken in pita, Black Angus burger, burnt ends, brisket, pork ribs, grilled fresh water trout, burnt ends mac-and-cheese, smoked red pepper pasta, McGonigle’s KC strip, New Zealand lamb chops and French-cut pork rib chops, along with soups, salads and sandwiches.
Appetizers will include burnt end meatballs and Buffalo cauliflower. Baked Alaska will be among the dessert selections.
Later this year, C. Frogs plans to offer brunch on Saturday and Sundays only.