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JoyceKC: Neo deli relocates downtown, St. Louis-based Crushed Red wants local franchisees

Farmer’s Market Urban Crafted Salad with turkey, goat cheese, apples, cranberries and sunflower seeds.
Farmer’s Market Urban Crafted Salad with turkey, goat cheese, apples, cranberries and sunflower seeds. Crushed Red

Downtown’s Neo Delicatessen has relocated after a decade of operations.

Wha Nyun Kim owned a pizza restaurant in South Korea before moving to Kansas City in 2002. A decade ago she opened Neo Delicatessen at 911 Main St., and has since built such a strong following that Commerce Arcade recruited her for one of its spots.

She softly reopened this week at 1000 Walnut St., Suite 205, with a grand reopening scheduled for Friday.

The breakfast/lunch operation offers signature Korean dishes like bibimbap (a mixed rice dish) and bulgogi wraps with grilled Korean barbecue beef, as well burgers, sandwiches and mini-sandwiches, wraps, BLTs, salads, soups, and breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches.

It also serves daily specials like Tuesday’s pork schnitzel sandwich and Wednesday’s Philly cheesesteak sandwich.

Debra Heacock, a customer from Day One at the original location, recommends Neo’s egg salad sandwich and the turkey burrito.

It’s that kind of loyalty that keeps Kim passionate about the industry.

“Customers like us and I love this business,” she said.

Kim also is an artist and has sold a few of her paintings to customers. Several of her floral scenes now decorate the two-story space.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Crushed Red seeks franchisees

Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop, a fast-causal St. Louis-based franchise serving chopped-to-order salads and artisan-crafted whole-grain pizzas, is targeting Kansas City for expansion in 2015 and is looking for franchisees.

The company was founded in 2012 and began franchising in 2014. It has two corporate-owned locations in the St. Louis area with a third in development in Creve Coeur, as well as six franchised restaurants under development in the Denver area.

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