816 Business

February 4, 2014

Ariana Restaurant a true family operation

Ariana Restaurant in Watts Mill area of South KC offers Afghan specialties along with a standard American breakfast and burgers. Meanwhile, a Crossroads business is expanding northward.

When it comes to business, the Gul siblings are going to do it as a family.

Two Gul brothers opened a Midtown hookah lounge in early 2013.

A few months ago, one of the brothers, Shaheen Shah Gul, teamed up with two of his sisters, Safia and Faheema Gul, to take over the former Waid’s restaurant in Watts Mill Plaza.

They spent several weeks cleaning and redecorating the space at 1130 W. 103rd St. and opened Ariana Restaurant there in November.

“Shaheen is my little brother so I can give him a kick when he isn’t working or he is sleeping. He likes to sleep,” said Safia Gul. “But Faheema is my older sister so she can give me a kick. But we like doing the business together. We care about each other and it keeps us close.”

Their mother, Majan Gul, is a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, and they are using many of her recipes for dishes on the lunch and dinner menu, along with other dishes from the Middle East.

Items include lamb kabobs, Daal (a vegetarian dish with yellow lentil, onions, tomatoes, garlic and spices), Chicken Karayee (chicken sauteed with onion, tomato and green peppers), Mantu (steamed dumplings filled with chopped beef and onions and topped with yogurt and beans), and Kabuli (beef or chicken served on brown rice and topped with carrots, raisins and almonds).

Ariana Restaurant offers a daily luncheon buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $8.99.

It also offers burgers and sandwiches.

Breakfast items include hotcakes, biscuits and gravy, french toast, omelets and waffles.

Many longtime Waid's employees are on staff at the new Ariana. They saw Waid's regulars often, sometimes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hope Ariana will become another neighborhood favorite.

“We have a customer who came in with his wife before she passed away. He still comes,” Safia Gul said. “And people who came in as children and now come with their children. We want to keep their memories alive.”

Summer forecast for the Northland: Snow Co.

Snow Co. is bringing its frozen cocktails to the Northland.

The first location opened in the Crossroads Arts District in November 2011, specializing in frozen cocktails. But it also offers craft beers, cocktails, salads, sandwiches and appetizers.

Jerry Nevins, a partner in the business, said he got a lot of blank stares when he first told his south of the river customers that he was opening a Northland location.

“There’s this weird boundary with the river, the perception that it takes a long time to get up there,” he said. “But Gladstone has a lot of plans for that area, to make it a walkable district. It isn’t that far from Liberty or Parkville, and Cerner is a huge employer. There are a lot of opportunities.”

Lauren Cloud and Andy Talbert also are partners in Snow Co. They are taking 4,400 square feet in a 5,600-square-foot building at 504 N.E. 70th St. Dubbed the Gladstone 18 building after its 64118 ZIP code, the building previously housed the Gladstone post office.

The city would like a coffee shop, bakery, or specialty dessert shop to open in the remaining space.

After a remodeling, Snow Co. plans a late summer opening in conjunction with The Heights at Linden Square across the street.

The Heights at Linden Square is a $28 million housing and retail development now under construction just east of North Oak Trafficway. It will have 222 luxury apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail on the first floor of the four-story building.

The City of Gladstone would like the area to become Gladstone’s “downtown.”

Chef Alex Staab, formerly with Bella Napoli in Brookside, is adding new menu items at the original location and expanding the lunch and dinner menu for the Northland Snow Co.

Snow Co. also is a finalist in the Dreamstaurant contest that could net it $40,000 for the new Northland operation.

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