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Topgolf driving range and entertainment complex plans late June opening in Overland Park

TopGolf, a high-tech driving range that also features a bar and restaurant, will open a 65,000-square-foot facility at 10611 Nall Ave. in Overland Park in June.
TopGolf, a high-tech driving range that also features a bar and restaurant, will open a 65,000-square-foot facility at 10611 Nall Ave. in Overland Park in June. tljungblad@kcstar.com

Topgolf, a high-tech driving range/bar/restaurant complex, plans a June 26 opening for its new Overland Park center.

As it swings into motion, it is also looking for more than 450 workers to help run the 65,000-square-foot, three-level center at 10611 Nall Ave.

Topgolf will be holding recruitment events at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Drive, Overland Park, from May 13 to May 23. It is looking for servers, bartenders, kitchen, maintenance and guest services workers. Employees get such perks as discounts on game play, food and beverage, and they may be able to participate in the chain’s 401(k) retirement savings program.

More than 1,000 people recently applied to work at its new center in San Antonio, Texas.

At Topgolf, players will line up in one of 102 climate-controlled hitting bays. Their golf balls will contain a computer microchip that will track each shot's accuracy and distance, and award points for hitting targets from 20 to 215 yards away in the outfield. Golf pros also will be on hand to offer tips.

The center will open at 9 a.m. daily. The cost is $20 an hour for off-peak times and $40 an hour for evenings and weekends and includes up to six players per bay. Customers also have to become members. They can purchase a lifetime $5 playing card up to a $250 monthly membership that allows them — and up to five of their guests — to play for free during off-peak times, as well as discounts on food and non-alcoholic beverages, and other benefits.

Topgolf also wants to be the place for lunch breaks, after work happy hours, parties and events, including birthdays, family reunions, corporate teambuilding, bachelor/bachelorette parties and fundraisers.

Customers also can just come in for a drink or to dine. Menu items could include brisket chili cheese fries, craft beer queso, flatbread pizzas, sliders, Cajun tilapia wraps, specialty burgers and entree salads. The company also likes to add some menu items that will be unique to the location.

Topgolf was founded by brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe. They were practicing their swings on a driving range in the United Kingdom when they began tossing around ideas for a new kind of golf experience, one that would combine competition and entertainment. After spending a couple of years on development, they opened the first Topgolf in London in 2000. They later sold the business.

Now based in Dallas, the company has 13 locations across the country, three centers in the U.K., and it has 11 locations under construction.

La Paloma updates: Terra in, Frida’s out

In late October, Overland Park's Frida's Taqueria shut down in The Fountains shopping center with plans to relocate to a shopping center just to the west.

Ivan Marquez, founder and owner of Frida's Taqueria, said he would nearly double his space in the new location in La Paloma Plaza and it also offered more visibility.

Frida's Taqueria first opened in spring 2012 with such menu items as soft shell tacos, tamales, and flautas. Marquez also owns a full-service Overland Park restaurant, Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine , at 7200 W. 121st St.

Marquez later decided the La Paloma space was too large for just a taqueria, so he brought in another partner, Arturo De Luna, to do a restaurant and bar called Terra Mexican Cuisine.

But the partners had different visions for the concept, so Marquez dropped out of the project. He is now working on a new concept for the Country Club Plaza area.

Arturo and his wife, Maru De Luna, still plan to open Terra Mexican Cuisine, 6705 W. 119th St., in early June.

La Paloma also is adding another restaurant tenant, Louie's Wine Dive & Kitchen 119, which is scheduled to open in July.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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