McLain’s Bakery & Coffeehouse has new owners, who cherish the classics

06/10/2014 3:25 PM

06/10/2014 3:25 PM

Waldo mainstay McLain’s Bakery & Coffeehouse has new owners.

Grand Street Dining LLC, owners of the two area Grand Street Cafes, bought the bakery in a deal that closed in March.

Now they are rolling out some changes, including new tables for dining in. They also promise a “made-from-scratch” menu that includes chocolate peanut butter cookies, sticky buns, bear claws, lemon bars, blueberry cheese coffeecake or German chocolate cake, and fudge brownies. McLain’s is known for such items as its chocolate cup cookie — pecan sandies with a drop of chocolate icing — almond cheese pockets, and its butter rolls.

“We also do cakes to order, just about anything that someone can come up,” said Jeff Hirleman, manager. “We just did a race car cake … of a Formula 1 car; a cake of the continent of Africa; and one based on the movie ‘Frozen.’”

The new owners also want to bring back favorites from the days when the McLain family owned the bakery, perhaps including their St. Louis gooey butter cake.

“We have all the original handwritten recipes,” said Greg Hirleman, a partner in Grand Street Dining and Jeff’s father. “But people will come in and say, ‘They offered this thing on Thursdays that was wonderful.’ So we have to do some research on that.”

The bakery also is making new retail items such as its Country Rustic bread (a wheat and sourdough mix), and it plans to soon add fresh pasta and fresh doughnuts to its retail line. It also is making breads, fresh pasta, and desserts for the two Grand Street Cafe operations.

McLain’s, at 201 E. Gregory Blvd., is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday. It plans to add Monday hours in the next few weeks.

McLain’s Bakery had operated on Wornall Road for decades, but in 2011 it moved to the larger Gregory location, which also offered more parking.

Pandolfi’s Deli closing

After four years in Columbus Park, Pandolfi’s Deli is closing.

Owner Jake Hendershot said he will shut down the deli, at 538 Campbell St., on Friday. On that day his former chef, Grant Cansler, and current chef, Jeff Boyles, will create some special dishes, and the deli will serve some special cocktails through the evening.

The decision to close was “painfully difficult,” Hendershot said. He said deli sales have never been higher, but the growth was not at a fast enough pace.

“It is a promising area and neighborhood, but it is still a little slow down here,” Hendershot said. “It has been a joy to be part of this community with amazing friends and neighbors. It’s been a great run.”

His great-grandfather, Giuseppi Pandolfi, is featured in the deli’s back-and-white logo. His parents also operated a Pandolfi’s Deli in Liberty in 2002 before selling it.

New McDonald’sin Northland

McDonald’s has plowed down its North Kansas City restaurant (circa 1982) at 2200 Vernon St., and is putting up a new restaurant that is scheduled to open in late August. The new McDonald’s, just off Armour Road, will have a double drive-through.

“We are always looking to bring the newest modern look of McDonald’s to every location we can,” said Neil Getzlow, area spokesman for McDonald’s. “It’s a good, visible spot.”

Quick bites

Rue21, a discount retailer of contemporary clothing for young men and women, plans to open a store in Summit Fair, 950 N.W. Blue Parkway, Suite B-101, in early July.

Summit Fair is anchored by Macy’s and JCPenney.

Dunkin’ Donuts is scheduling a July 2 grand opening at 1225 N.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. It will have a soft opening a few days before that.

Two area restaurants have made The Daily Meal’s list of “The 101 Best Burgers in America.” The website, which covers food and drink topics, put Winstead’s Double Winstead’s at No. 51 and the cheeseburger at Town Topic at No. 92.

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