Owners of Tasty Thai open Big Bowl Pho next door

Marisa Wiruhayarn and Dom Wiruhayarn own Big Bowl Pho and the Tasty Thai on Northwest Prairie View Road.
Marisa Wiruhayarn and Dom Wiruhayarn own Big Bowl Pho and the Tasty Thai on Northwest Prairie View Road. Kansas City Star

The owners of the Tasty Thai, at 7104 N.W. Prairie View Road, have opened a sister restaurant next door.

Big Bowl Pho, at 7106 N.W. Prairie View Road, serves appetizers like beef jerky and egg rolls, along with pho noodle soups, rice dishes, sukiyaki (beef, pork or seafood), vermicelli noodle bowls, and specialties like sesame chicken and Kung Pao. It also serves Boba tea, Thai iced coffee and Vietnamese iced tea. Both operations offer specials on some days.

“We always wanted a noodle shop and it’s really nice to have it next door, so easy to manage,” said Marisa Wiruhayarn, co-owner with her husband, Dom.

The couple opened Tasty Thai in 2000, then added a Liberty location, at 1912 Star Drive, in 2010. They hope to add a Big Bowl Pho near their Liberty Tasty Thai.

New restaurant in Blue Springs

Shane Miller grew up in Blue Springs and now lives with his family in Oak Grove. So he saw a need for more locally owned restaurants in the area, ones that would offer a made-from-scratch menu using fresh ingredients.

His new Sinclair’s Restaurant in Blue Springs will help fill that void.

The menu includes a soup of the day, a Sinclair Salad (romaine, red onion, Kalamata olives, walnuts, feta, marinated mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and a house vinaigrette), and shared plates like customer favorite lump crab cakes (baked not fried), spinach artichoke dip, spring rolls and calamari.

It also serves a specialty burger, grilled salmon club, French Dip and the Bohemian (grilled Portobello mushrooms, pesto, sprouts, roasted red peppers, provolone, onions, lettuce and tomato on toasted wheat bread), pizzas and pastas, and entrees like Chicken Caprino, Kansas City strip steak, swordfish tacos, honeyed peppered salmon and fish-and-chips.

Sinclair’s Restaurant, at 1402 N.W. Missouri 7,(just north of Interstate 70), is divided into a bar and two dining rooms (one that can be booked for private events of up to 50 people).

Quick bites

Academy Sports + Outdoors, a top sports, outdoors and lifestyle retailer, plans to open its new Belton store, 510 E. Markey Parkway, at 8 a.m. on Sept. 12. The first 150 customers in line (as well as at the stores in Overland Park and Olathe which also will be celebrating the Belton opening) will receive a gift card valued at between $20 and $500 — if they can show they are a fan of one of Academy’s social media sites.

The owners of the Brooksider Bar & Grill, 6330 Brookside Plaza, said they have temporarily closed the operation to resolve a dispute with the Missouri Department of Revenue. They hope to reopen the Brooksider in a few days.

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