Country Club Plaza openings set: Morton's Grille, Beauty Brands, new art gallery

The Country Club Plaza will soon welcome a new art gallery and new restaurant schedules an opening date.

▪ Lawrence’s Phoenix Gallery plans to open at 4740 Pennsylvania Ave., just north of O’Dowd’s Little Dublin, by the end of the month. The gallery will feature works by local, regional and national artisans, including ceramics, blown glass, woodwork, textiles, jewelry and two-dimensional art.

Phoenix Gallery opened in Lawrence about 25 years ago. A new owner took over in mid-2010 and relocated to an expanded Lawrence space in early 2011.

“We really feel like we have artwork for everyone,” said Susan Shea, director of the Phoenix Gallery. “We have a wonderful collection of artists and it will be good to introduce them to another market. Kansas City has a very vibrant art community so it made sense to open a gallery there.”

▪ Beauty Brands, a retail chain offering a full-service salon, spa and retail superstore under one roof, plans to remodel its store at 438 Ward Parkway as well as expand into the former Kaplan’s Fabrics space next door, at 430 Ward Parkway, this winter.

In an update on a June post on the new Morton’s Grille: The new Plaza restaurant is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway. Described as a more casual version of sister restaurant Morton’s The Steakhouse, Morton’s Grille serves such items as bacon fat braised ribs ($27), and Morton’s Prime Burger ($16). It also will have hand-crafted 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.

▪ As previously reported, locally owned Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott is relocating to make way for the redevelopment of the Halls building on the Country Club Plaza. It is scheduled to open in the former Superlatives space at 320 Ward Parkway by Sept. 19.

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