rue21, a discount retailer of contemporary clothing for young men and women, plans to open in Ward Parkway Center in May. Elite Nail is expanding in the center.
Kanbrews plans to open its first Rock & Brews on May 1 in Overland Park’s Prairiefire development and at least one more location could open in the metro. McDonald’s to open in former Houlihan’s space across from Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. Marv’s Original Delicatessen closes in Leawood.
Esther Mulbah is partnering with a Kansas City commercial kitchen to offer collard greens, Jamaican beef or chicken patties, baked tilapia filet, fried ripe plantains, African doughnuts, milk candy and more.
City Market’s new The Bite offers gourmet sandwiches, gluten-free build-your-own-tamales and gourmet ice cream sandwiches. St. Louis-based Kaldi’s Coffee taking over area Lattelands.
Area restaurants and grocery stores with seven or more critical or priority health code violations: Grab N Go 1, Green Duck Lounge & Grill, El Poblano, Gram & Dun, Texas Tom’s, Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop & Satay Bar, China Feast, Sushi Haru, China Dragon, El Pulgarcito Restaurant, Iron Wok Chinese Restaurant, Lipari Sunfresh, and Pak Ling Express.
McDonald’s wants to open a new restaurant on the former Papa John’s site at 8915 Johnson Drive, Merriam. Hobby Lobby also wants open in the Merriam Village development and sites for two to three more restaurants or retailers are available. The 359,000-square-foot Ikea store is set to open this fall.
The owners of the new El Burrito Loco Mexican Cafe said they will open in the former Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ space at 900 Swift Ave. by early April.
About eight percent of the City’s 3,400 permitted food establishments substantially exceeded the standards of the food code.
McDonald’s will tear down the former Houlihan’s building at 11600 W. 95th St., across from Oak Park Mall, and open a new McDonald’s on the site later this year.
It will offer American beers and beer cocktails and an upscale sports bar menu, including Maryland crab tater tots and Tank 7 Donuts. A rooftop deck is scheduled to open this summer.
KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have signed another Rock & Brews restaurant franchisee, a Kansas native who plans to open five locations in Kansas and Oklahoma, including one that was set to be a corporate owned restaurant in Overland Park’s Prairiefire.
The southwest corner of 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway will soon be home to more commercial tenants. The owner is opening up the west side of the building at 809 W. 39th St. Up to five new storefronts will be available in the renovated section with entryways facing the parking lot. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by May.
The deli, at 11554 Ash St. in Park Place, closed over the weekend, according to Park Place officials. They are already in negotiations for another restaurant tenant for the 2,544 square foot space.
The locally owned restaurant and sports lounge plans to open at 4 p.m. Friday in the former Streetside Records building at 4128 Broadway.
Boston Market closes in the Northland but the closing triggers new development. Diegos Bar & Grill closes in Gladstone. River Markets Cellar & Loft expanding its offering. A fitness center to open in former Price Chopper space in the Northland.
Two Country Club Plaza Lattelands and one in Prairie Village will be remodeled and rebranded as Kaldi’s Coffee by June. Two Northland coffee shops and one in the Power & Light District will be remodeled and rebranded in 2015.
New Create Art Studio offers classes and open studio. Jefferson’s restaurant will open in Olathe. BurgerFi plans Lawrence and Leawood restaurants. El Potro Mexican Cafe & Cantina opens in Bonner Springs.
A Peachtree Cafeteria Brunch-Lunch-Dinner sign has gone up on the former Papa Lews Soul Delicious spot in Gates Plaza, 2128 E. 12th St. Vera Willis, co-owner of The Peachtree Buffet, declined to comment on the new restaurant or when it will open.
Nearly two decades after entering the Kansas City market, Ruths Chris Steak House plans to close March 23. The famed chain opened in a former On the Border location in the Plaza Steppes, 700 W. 47th St., in 1997. The space was extensively remodeled for a clubby feel.
Area restaurants and a grocery store cited for multiple health code violations from Feb. 11 to Feb. 24: Supermarket El Torito, Amigo’s Mexican American Grill & Cantina, Taqueria Mexico, Johnnie’s on Seventh, Jamz Bar & Grill, Pizza Shoppe, China Feast, Cisco’s Cantina and the Silver Dollar.
A new Westport bar will specialize in champagne cocktails and boutique wines from France, Italy, Spain and the United States. Ça Va plans a soft opening at 5 p.m. at 4149 Pennsylvania Ave.
The new City Market restaurant plans to open at 10:30 a.m. Friday at 23 E. Third St. It will have about a dozen signature toasted sandwiches, build-your-own tamales, and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.
Josh and Michelle Kurzban plan to open a BurgerFi at 918 Massachusetts in mid-spring. Chutneys Indian Diner & Bar previously operated in the space. The Kurzbans also are opening a BurgerFi in Leawoods Park Place in late April or early May.
The Watts Mill Plaza restaurant, at 1144 W. 103rd St., opened in the mid-1990s and closed over the weekend. It has a sister restaurant in Lee’s Summit.
It has signed a lease for the former Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza space in Ridgeview Plaza, 10540 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe. An April opening is scheduled. Jefferson’s is known for its wings and oysters, but the menu also includes specialty burgers, entree salads, chicken fingers and more.