New owners have been renovating The Bedinger Building in downtown Liberty, but part of the building collapsed on May 3. Rock & Run Brewery and Pub had planned to expand in part of the space, and Liberty’s Nickel & Suede planned to open its first storefront there in June. Sheridan’s Frozen Custard on Barry Road is still shuttered as a lawsuit works its way through the court system.
Nine months ago, The Fresh Market confirmed a new Northland store at 8550 N.E. Flintlock Road in the Shoppes at Shoal Creek. The location is still listed on the company’s website but a company spokesperson said “We no longer intend to move forward with the project.” Baja Betty’s Mexican Grill has opened at 4701 N.E. Vivion Road.
Bun Mee Phan is now open at 4244 N. Oak Trafficway. It serves a variety of Banh Mi sandwiches that also can be ordered as tacos. Heritage Event Spaces has taken over the former Tivol space in The Village at Briarcliff and is booking for fall events.
The Seattle-based chain will open a new location in the Shoppes at Liberty Triangle. The area franchisee plans 15 locations in the metro area and Kansas by 2021. MOD Pizza offers artisan-styled pizzas using fresh-pressed dough, along with hand-spun milkshakes and local craft beers.
Spin Neapolitan Pizza took the former All Star Pizza & Pub spot in The Village at Burlington Creek, 6100 N.W. 63rd Terrace, is just west of Interstate 29. The family-owned Asian Buffet took over the former Jose Pepper’s building at 511 N.W. Barry Road, just east of Missouri 169.
Made in KC, a locally owned boutique focusing on locally made or designed products, has opened a shop in the Northland.The shop, in the The Village at Briarcliff at 4155 N. Mulberry Drive, sells, T-shirts, jewelry, soap, candles, socks, greeting cards and more.
The City Market’s DragonFly Teazone has opened a Northland shop at 215 N.E. Englewood Road, Suite D. The shop sells 140 varieties of loose leaf teas, smoothies, lattes, dessert crepes and ice cream. Qdoba Mexican Grill plans a Nov. 3 opening at 9300 N.E. Barry Road.
Red Crown Cafe has opened on the sixth floor of the Ambassador Building at KCI. It plays up its connection to the Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Cabin, where Bonnie & Clyde hid out, and offers such items as Bonnie’s salad, pulled pork sandwiches and brownies topped with Amaretto Chantilly Cream.
PepperJax Grill has opened at 9263 N.E. 83rd Terrace near Liberty. Another Northland location is scheduled to open in Antioch Crossing in November. Zaxby’s, a “better chicken” fast casual operation based in Athens, Ga., has signed new franchise agreements for eight locations in Clay and Jackson County.
The Northland’s new Village at Shoal Creek continues to add tenants. Boot Barn, an Irvine, Calif.-based Western and work wear retailer, is now open. In other Northland news, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen is looking at sites in the Northland area and Spices Asian Restaurant opened in late June in North Kansas City.
Luna Coffeehouse/Dare to Dabble at 1329 Swift St. combines a coffee shop, small bar serving mixed drinks and wine, retail shop with products by local artists, and a place to create art in group settings or in an open studio.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opens at 5150 N. Oak Trafficway, in front of Sam’s Club. Terra Health & Wellness Market is now open in Independence. The Big Biscuit is opening soon in Liberty and Big Lots is opening is south Kansas City.