Restaurant News & Reviews

Iowan plans two more restaurants in Leawood’s Park Place

Jimmy Lynch is so sold on Park Place he will soon have three restaurants in the Leawood center.

Lynch opened an 801 Chophouse there in late 2011. He plans to open an 801 Fish in Park Place in late 2012 or early 2013. Now he also has finalized a lease for Pig Finch, a gastropub set to open in the former Trezo Vino spot at 11570 Ash St. in mid-October.

“The demographics in Leawood are phenomenal,” Lynch said. “We like the customers, and the customers like us.”

Lynch, who is based in Des Moines, Iowa, said Pig Finch will offer such items as pork belly chicharrones, duck breast cassoulet, baked mussels, stout-marinated hanger steak with sweet potato dumplings, and sausage with lyonnaise potatoes.

The Pig Finch name plays homage to Iowa’s pig production and state bird.

The former Trezo Vino space also will be remodeled for a “New York City, Soho gastropub” feel.

It will have a “much more friendly, casual atmosphere — food, craft beer, wine, affordably priced,” Lynch said.

Lynch plans more Pig Finch locations. Although the Leawood 801 Fish is set to open first, he also plans to open 801 Fish restaurants in Des Moines and Omaha. He also has an 801 Chophouse in the Power Light District.

Quick bites

• Applebee’s closed its restaurant at 3404 Rainbow Blvd. in Kansas City, Kan., on Sunday and spent the week remodeling it for a Thursday night reopening.

The remodeling includes new murals with local themes. New menu items also were introduced. The restaurant opened in 1987.

Applebee’s has 23 area locations and has been remodeling them over the last two years at a cost of $4.5 million. Only the Grandview restaurant is left to be remodeled, but no date for it has been set.

• Tide Dry Cleaners opened in Corinth Square, 3975 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village, in mid-June. It will have its grand opening on Saturday.

The dry cleaning franchise location is the fourth to open in the area. As part of the celebration, people can bring in two items of clothing to be cleaned free if they drop them off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event also will include entertainment, prizes and giveaways.

Regular Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There also are Tide Dry Cleaners in Leawood and Overland Park, and more area locations are planned.