While some customers were resigned to the Plaza’s namesake restaurant not being on the Plaza anymore, they didn’t envision its new home in a south Overland Park strip center.
The restaurant softly opened this week at 12631 Metcalf Ave.
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Inside, the change from the Plaza location is not so dramatic. The owners have spent the last six months converting the 14,000-square-foot former House of Denmark space into a classic steakhouse — dark wood, plush booths and western memorabilia from the original location.
“A lot of people are amazed in how it looks and how it feels. They say it is very beautiful and comfortable,” said David Haddad, president of Haddad Restaurant Group, owners of Plaza III. “And how excited they are that we are back open.”
It seats about 350 people in the dining room on the north side, and bar and dining room on the south, along with private dining rooms that can seat from a dozen to 100 people.
New menu items include the steak Cobb salad with sliced filet mignon ($21) and the grilled Alaskan halibut ($38).
It has about 80 employees, with about 20 making the move from the Plaza restaurant.
Plaza III also operated a Leawood location for a couple of years before closing in 2008.
According to the Kansas City Star archives, the original Plaza III opened on the Plaza in the early 1960s and was named after the three founders.
Now True Food Kitchen is remodeling Plaza III’s former spot on the Plaza and plans to open the second week of March.