I’m not funny. I can’t tell a funny story to save my life. Well, not in person, anyhow. When I tell a story, it’s usually met with the chirping of crickets, and sometimes even they get bored and start snoring.
Overland Park’s Tortilla Ranch Mexican Grill, which opened in May 2014, is approaching its one-year anniversary. The fast-casual Mexican restaurant — which is the brainchild of two area restaurateurs — serves fresh fast casual burritos, tacos, enchiladas, salads and margaritas.
Olathe’s Ayda Ethiopian Coffee uses mostly Ethiopian beans for its coffee and also sells baked goods. On Sundays it hosts a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Oak Park Mall plans to tear down the former Mimi’s Cafe building and put up a new multi-tenant building for Pizzeria Locale and Zoes Kitchen. The Grille at Park Place will replace Mestizo by Aaron Sanchez in Leawood’s Park Place.
For more than a decade, the focal point of Memorial Day weekend festivities in Kansas City has been the Celebration at the Station, an outdoor performance by the Kansas City Symphony at Union Station with a massive fireworks display over Liberty Memorial. And the show did go on Sunday evening, as the rain held off and an enthusiastic crowd was able to take in the patriotic music, tributes to the troops and fireworks.
After years running Chinese restaurants in Overland Park and Kansas City, Vietnam native Peter Nguyen returned to his native cuisine when he took over ownership at Shawnee’s Pho Good Vietnamese Restaurant. In addition to rice noodle soup, Pho Good serves fried rice, spring rolls, pork chops and bubble tea.
Love is a messy business, and while sometimes we can just sit back and be on the receiving end, we get much more out of it if we participate. And someday, you’ll do something with the best of intentions, and you’ll positively wreck something in someone’s life.
Restaurant industry veteran Craig Nelson serves up hickory-smoked ribs, burnt ends, pulled pork, turkey legs, jumbo chicken wings spiced with his own seasonings at the restaurant, 12560 Quivira Road, Overland Park.
Kids whose parents provided oversimplified, unbending rules that didn’t take into account the variables of life felt unheard and disrespected. That’s how I fel the other day when looking at a post on Gov. Sam Brownback’s page.