New Leawood restaurant will serve Mac & Cheese burgers and sweet tea wings

Ainsworth’s Mac & Cheese burger (panko crusted mac-n-cheese patty, beef patty and mac-n-cheese on a sesame bun.)
Ainsworth’s Mac & Cheese burger (panko crusted mac-n-cheese patty, beef patty and mac-n-cheese on a sesame bun.)

The Ainsworth restaurant plans a fall opening in Leawood’s Park Place.

It will take the 4,554-square-foot former Ingredient True Eatery space at 11563 Ash St.

Paige Hospitality Group also has three Ainsworth restaurants in Manhattan and one in New Jersey. The full-service operations have a restaurant, bar, lounge, patio and event space. They feature “American fare with a twist” — Margherita focaccia pizza, grilled chicken BLTs with chipotle aioli on handmade ciabatta, the Mac & Cheese Burger (panko-crusted mac-and-cheese, beef patty and scoop of mac-and-cheese), Sweet Tea wings (with spicy sesame honey and garlic soy), and steak tacos (hanger steak, guacamole, chipotle-adobo and lime).

They also offer handcrafted cocktails, including the Ains Martini with Ketel One citroen, Aperol, grapefruit and lemon.

It said the new Leawood restaurant also will feature specials that will “pay tribute to the area and highlight local specialties.”

Ingredient closed in February.

Coming to Lenexa

Lenexa Public Market, a food hall, market and demonstration kitchen going into the first floor of the new Lenexa City Hall, has signed two more tenants.

▪ Topp’d Pizza + Salads. The locally owned quick-serve pizza restaurant with a scratch kitchen was opened by the University of Kansas Medical Center two-and-a-half years ago. It plans to open in Lenexa in early August.

▪ Foo’s Fabulous Cafe. The Leawood Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard franchisee rebranded as Foo’s Fabulous Cafe offering waffles and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, and soups, sandwiches, steak burgers and frozen custard later in the day.

Other public market tenants will include the Roasterie and Marilyn’s Mad Treats.

The 11,000-square-foot market, at 87th Street Parkway and Penrose Lane, just west of Interstate 435, is scheduled to open in late July.

Vitality Bowls coming to the metro

New area franchisees for the San Ramon, Calif.-based chain Vitality Bowls want to open their first location in Leawood or Overland Park.

Chris Landes and his wife, Judy Deines, of Lee’s Summit, became franchisees after Deines tried the chain on her business travels.

“She wanted good, healthy food and truly loved the food itself,” Landes said. They plan at least two area locations and are looking for spaces of 1,000-to-1,200 square feet.

Menu items include acai bowls, detox bowls (with kale, bananas, strawberries, honey, flax seed and more), panini, salads and soups, smoothies, breakfast bowls and a fresh juice bar.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC