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JoyceKC’s Quick Bites: Foo’s staying in Brookside

Brookside’s Foo’s renews its lease, but for how long?
Brookside’s Foo’s renews its lease, but for how long? The Kansas City Star

Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard has been a Brookside mainstay for 26 years and is now set to be around for a few more.

In August, Foo’s said it was in lease negotiations with its new landlord but another tenant also was looking at its space at 6235 Brookside Plaza.

Owner Betty Bremser said she recently renewed her lease, however, because of a confidentiality agreement she can’t talk about the terms or length. She does plan to temporarily close Foo’s in November and December to renovate the space and reopen in January 2015.

“I also live in Brookside, so this is near and dear to me in many ways,” Bremser said. “My customers are seriously protective of their neighborhood. I was humbled so many times by people coming in and saying ‘you have to be here.’”

Officials with First Washington Realty of Bethesda, Md., couldn’t be reached for comment. First Washington and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System are the new owners of 130,000 square feet in the Brookside shopping district, including the Foo’s space.


▪ Pour Coffeehouse plans to open at 11 a.m. Thursday in Olathe.

Nicole and Braedon Cagle, owners of the shop at 11120 S. Lone Elm Road, will sell direct-trade coffee that is locally roasted including drip, French press and slow bar, as well as espresso, lattes, hot tea, iced tea, iced lattes, Granita di Caffe, juice, smoothies, and hot chocolate. It also will sell pastries, quiche, sandwiches, cookies and Christopher Elbow artisan chocolate.

Pour Coffeehouse also will soon offer fresh-pressed juice.

▪ Morton’s Grille is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Monday at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway, in the former M&S Grill spot. Described as a more casual version of sister restaurant Morton’s The Steakhouse (a local outpost closed in Crown Center), Morton’s Grille serves bacon fat braised ribs ($27), and Morton’s Prime Burger ($16). It also will have handcrafted cocktails and “punch bowls” for $29 each that will serve 4 to 6 people.

The first Morton’s Grille opened in the Houston area a year ago.

▪ Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar has a sign on the door saying it will open in August. But the new scheduled opening date is 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at 4814 Roanoke Parkway in the Plaza Vista complex.

It is the company’s first location outside of Colorado. The 5,200-square-foot restaurant will specialize in sustainable seafood.

Hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour food and drink specials will be offered 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

Coming soon?

The owners of Brookside’s new Season + Square culinary shop may be expanding.

Andrea and Christian Joseph opened the shop, at 6205 Oak St., in February. It sells high-quality kitchen and bar items from mom-and-pop vendors across the country, including linens, eco-friendly soaps and specialty foods.

Now the Josephs are in talks to open a restaurant in a corner space to the north of the shop. If negotiations are successful, they plan to open a restaurant called Plate there next summer. Plate’s menu would use many locally sourced ingredients.

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