When Stroud’s went looking to add another location, a site that was home to Mimi’s Cafe seemed like it was really just built for them.
The chicken restaurant liked the freestanding building on bustling 135th Street in Overland Park, , its two private event rooms, outdoor patio and reasonable rent.
So when Mimi’s Cafe closed its area locations in April, Stroud’s leased the restaurant at 8301 W. 135th St. After several weeks of renovations, it is scheduled to reopen as a Stroud’s for lunch and dinner on July 2.
Stroud’s has spiffed up the building, rearranged a front door so there is now a windbreak, enlarged the bar area, added six TVs, and extended the cook’s line for all that pan-fried chicken.
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One wall of the main dining room is filled with Stroud’s menus signed by celebrities from the Goo Goo Dolls to director Robert Altman to the most recent signature of actor and comedian Rob Riggle.
In back are two private events spaces.
“The Troost Room” features photos of the original Stroud’s (circa 1930s) when it offered long ends for 15 cents and goose livers for 10 cents. It seats 52 people.
“The Donegan Room” features windows on two sides and an entrance to the outdoor patio. A painting of the 85th Street and Troost Avenue restaurant is behind the bar. It seats 60 people.
The restaurant also will have live piano music on the weekends.
Stroud’s has been serving its pan-fried chicken in Kansas City since 1933.
Jim Hogan and Mike Donegan bought Stroud’s longtime location at 85th and Troost in 1977. Donegan became the sole owner in the early 1990s and later moved the restaurant to Fairway.
In October 2013, the locally owned KC Hopps become an equity partner in the Fairway Stroud’s and a partner in any new Stroud’s locations. At the time, Donegan said KC Hopps would learn the operation with the goal of opening another Stroud’s restaurant.
Donegan also owns a Northland Stroud’s that is not part of the deal with KC Hopps.
Stroud’s has a loyal following and has been featured in numerous national TV food shows and magazines.
KC Hopps has several area concepts including Barley’s Brewhaus, 75th Street Brewery, 810 Zone and O’Dowd’s Little Dublin.
75th Street Brewery also created a new brew for its new sister restaurant — Chicken Choker Ale — that will be available at both the Fairway and Overland Park restaurants. The venues also will feature a new cocktail called the Funky Chicken (with sweet tea vodka, lemonade, cranberry juice and ginger ale).
While sources say Stroud’s is looking at buildings in Independence, the company said it is targeting Topeka. Still, it will most likely be a at least a year before another Stroud’s opens, said Ed Nelson of KC Hopps Ltd.
Sportibles opens Olathe superstore
Sportibles has expanded again in Olathe’s The Great Mall of the Great Plains.
The retailer specializes in themed apparel, merchandise, gifts and accessories for major collegiate and professional sports teams. The new 25,000-square-foot store has special departments selling themed merchandise for the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, and the University of Kansas.
Royals and Sporting Kansas City merchandise are the best sellers.
Sportibles plans to open an autograph and memorabilia room in time for its grand opening later this summer.
It is the company’s third expansion in the Olathe shopping center. Its original location, which opened in 2004, was 1,500 square feet. A year later it relocated to a 6,000-square-foot space.
“The mall and customers have supported the growth of our business,” said David Walby, owner.
Walby founded Sportibles a decade ago. He also has locations in Independence Center in Independence and Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. The Sportibles office also has relocated from Blue Springs to the new Olathe store.
In other Great Mall updates, the 6,500-square-foot Hibbett Sports, which opened in mid-2005, has closed.
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