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McLain’s Market opens in Overland Park, The Dessertery pop-up for Leawood

McLain’s Market offers a variety of breakfast items, including The Farm with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, avocado, potatoes, vegetables and poblano spread on a croissant for $7.
McLain’s Market offers a variety of breakfast items, including The Farm with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, avocado, potatoes, vegetables and poblano spread on a croissant for $7. jsmith@kcstar.com

About 50 percent of McLain’s Market’s customers know it is tied to the Waldo mainstay McLain's Bakery.

But other consumers are trying its baked goods for the first time — butter rolls, pineapple danishes, pecan twists, sticky buns, scones, coffee cakes, cookies, croissants, carrot or blueberry muffins and its chocolate cup cookie (pecan sandies with a drop of chocolate icing) that’s been a longtime customer favorite.

So McLain’s Market is offering some free samples as an introduction. One new customer couldn’t stop at one free doughnut hole on Tuesday as she contemplated some of the selections at the bakery counter.

McLain’s has operated in Waldo for decades. New owners — Grand Street Dining LLC, which operates the two area Grand Street Cafes — bought McLain’s in March 2014 and expanded the menu, adding breakfast and lunch items, and a coffee bar.

The new Overland Park location, at 10695 Roe Ave., just north of Interstate 435, offers an expanded breakfast and entree menu, including pepperjack burrito, veggie quiche, granola parfait, cranapple salad, chicken wraps, chicken salad sandwiches, roast beef flatbread and turkey sandwiches, as well as coffee drinks, hot chocolate, iced toddy, Shatto milk and beer.

A small retail area is stocked with local products, including coffee, honey, candles and T-shirts.

The Hirleman family, partners in Grand Street Dining, spent three months renovating the former gas station and convenience store.

“We grew up at 99th and Roe so we have had our eye on the space,” said Jeff Hirleman, who manages the new location with his sister Mollie Lothman.

McLain’s Market seats about 65 people inside and on the patio, has new landscaping and sidewalks, 35 parking spaces and a drive-thru. The drive-thru is scheduled to open next week for coffee, pastries and a limited breakfast/lunch menu. It also will soon have a grab-and-go area for sandwiches, salads and snacks.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday.

From 4 p.m. to close Tuesday through Saturday it offers appetizers, wine and beer.

McLain's Bakery had operated on Wornall Road for decades, but in 2011 it moved to the larger location at 201 E. Gregory Blvd., which also offered more parking.

The Dessertery coming to Leawood

Shawnee dessert-only operation, The Dessertery, said it will be opening a pop-up operation in Town Center Plaza.

It is taking the former Let’s Crepe space at 4872 W. 119th St. in Leawood for a scheduled Nov. 1 opening. It offers such items as chess cake, champagne cake, blackberrry wine cake and gluten-free desserts, along with coffee drinks, gourmet hot cocoa and sipping chocolate.

Jen Kelly founded the Dessertery to give consumers more variety — desserts on par with some of the high quality entrees offered in the city.

The Shawnee restaurant opened in April at 5428 Roberts St. and also serves some breakfast items.

Let’s Crepe took the former tailor shop space for an Oct. 20, 2015 opening.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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