Restaurant News & Reviews

PB&J plans to open three restaurants in Prairiefire development in 2014

Locally-owned PB Restaurants Inc. plans to open three operations in Overland Park’s new Prairiefire project.

The three operations — Paradise Diner, Newport Grill and a new private dinner club concept — will open in a 13,000-square-building that will be on the corner of 135th Street and Nall Avenue.

Newport Grill is scheduled to open on the first floor in February 2014. Paradise Diner will open on the first floor in May 2014, along with the private dinner club on the second floor.

PB’s first restaurant was a Paradise Diner that opened in Oak Park Mall in December 1987. It later opened a location in the Northland.

“In the history of diners they always had the cool and trendy foods. So this will be a 2014 version, all fresh, as local as possible,” said Paul Khoury, co-founder and president of PB, which is based in Overland Park and owns several area restaurants. The other partners are Khoury’s son, Patrick Khoury, along with Tom Petersen and Aaron Whitcomb.

Newport Grill, which also has a location in Wichita, specializes in seafood flown in fresh from all over the world six-days a week, along with steak, chicken and pork.

PB was attracted to the Prairiefire project because of the excitement of a new large development opening in the market – and one of the few large retail developments scheduled to go up anywhere in the U.S. this year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. The project is also expected to have strong entertainment tenants.

The Fresh Market, a specialty grocery store chain, also has confirmed it will open a 24,000-square-foot store in the center. It is scheduled to open this fall, making it one of the first tenants to open in Prairiefire.

The 58-acre project on 135th Street between Lamar Avenue and Nall Avenue, will include shops, residential and office space, and the Museum of Prairiefire, which will host traveling exhibitions through a unique partnership with the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Retail on Rainbow

7-Eleven plans to open in the 39Rainbow project in Kansas City, Kan., and two other new retailers set to join it will be announced soon. The project is across the street from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

7-Eleven is scheduled to open in mid-April in a 3,058-square-foot corner space. It will join the 83-room Holiday Inn Express and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, already open in the project’s first phase.

According to project developer Lane4 Property Group, the 7-Eleven will be one of the company’s urban “walk-up” stores, which put an emphasis on fresh grab-and-go products. 7-Eleven likes to open walk-up concept in facilities that have tenants above and next door, unlike its stand-alone operations. Another atypical feature will be two entrances - one fronting Rainbow and the other leading to the back parking lot.

More than 270,000 people work in a five-mile radius of the 39Rainbow project and more than 265,000 people live in that area, according to market research by Lane4. A second phase, scheduled to open in early 2014, will have retail, restaurants and medical offices.

Quick bites

•  Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has closed at 7140 Wornall Road after just a year of operations, according to the company. The franchisee could not be reached for comment.

•  Pizza Ranch opened Monday at 4801 N. Oak Trafficway in the Northland. The regional restaurant chain serves a selection of pizzas, salads, and “broasted” chicken with sides like mashed potatoes and gravy. It offers a buffet style for dine-in and also offers carry-out and delivery services.