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April 8, 2014

At Smallcakes’ new Overland Park store, cupcakes go wild

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery kicks off new ice cream concept. Mimi’s Cafe leaving the area market. Guadalajara restaurant opening in south Overland Park. Hen House puts hold on expansion in Prairie Village’s The Village.

The founder of Smallcakes: A Cupcakery is launching a new concept.

Smallcakes Creamery Novelties is set to open in the Deer Creek Marketplace in Overland Park in mid-May.

Jeff Martin, Smallcakes founder, is taking his cupcakes and turning them into rich ice cream flavors — Birthday Cake, Caramel Crunch, Red Velvet and more. The new shop will offer 15 ice cream flavors daily with bits of the cupcakes in the mix, as well as freshly made cotton candy, ice cream sandwiches, candy, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and then rolled in rainbow sprinkles, and other novelties.

“We wanted more things to offer our customers, but the ice cream flavors will be kids’ flavors, ” Martin said.

The shop, in the former Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt spot at 6936 W. 135th St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery was launched in 2008 and there are now more than 71 locations in more than a dozen states offering freshly baked cupcakes daily in a variety of flavors.

The new creamery could open with new Smallcakes: A Cupcakery shops as a co-brand, or they could be stand-alone stores, depending on the market, Martin said.

Mimi’s Cafe leaving the metro area

Officials with Mimi’s Cafe have confirmed that they are closing their two Overland Park restaurants on Sunday.

The freestanding restaurants are at Oak Park Mall, 11885 W. 95th St., and at 8301 W. 135th St. Stroud’s pan fried chicken has already announced plans to open in the 135th Street building in early June.

Mimi’s Cafe entered the market in mid-2002. In a statement, Bill Schaffler, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Mimi’s Cafe, said: “As we remain tenaciously focused on positive financial results and continue to assess where we are best positioned for long-term success, we have made the difficult decision to close both the Oak Park and Overland Park restaurants as of April 13. We appreciate the time we were able to treat the people of Overland Park to a delicious taste of France at Mimi’s and invite them to visit any of our other locations whenever possible.”

But that won’t be in the Kansas City area.

The other Mimi’s Cafe closed in Zona Rosa in September.

Guadalajara opening in south Overland Park

Guadalajara Café closed in Watts Mill Plaza in February.

Now the owner is bringing it back as Guadalajara at 14861 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, in the former Frida’s Contemporary Mexican Cuisine space. Frida’s relocated in 2012.

Guadalajara’s owner, Gilberto Gutierrez, hopes to open the restaurant by mid-June. It will have the Guadalajara Cafe menu, including steak Picado, shrimp cocktail, tortilla soup, huevos rancheros, chiles rellenos, pork chile verde, and enchiladas en mole.

Guadalajara Cafe opened in the mid-1990s at 1144 W. 103rd St. A sister Guadalajara Café is in Lee’s Summit but it has been under different ownership for a couple of years.

The Village update

Hen House Market planned to remodel and expand its store in The Village this year.

It still plans to remodel the store, at 6950 Mission Lane in Prairie Village, later this year. However, plans to expand are on hold — for now.

“We are rethinking that whole process,” said Gregg Frost, vice president at Hen House.

Parking is an issue, Frost said, with Hen House customers finding it especially difficult to find a parking space on Friday and Saturday nights when area restaurants and the movie theater are hopping. Hen House also needs access for delivery vehicles.

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