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St. Louis chain Lion’s Choice hopes to take former Winstead’s spot in Overland Park

Lion’s Choice featuring slow-roasted beef opens Kansas City area location

Lion's Choice, a St. Louis favorite since 1967, has re-entered the market with a new Independence location at 4049 S. Little Blue Parkway, by Menards. And more are coming. The chain is known for its slow-roasted beef and 25-cent mini ice cream cones.
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Lion's Choice, a St. Louis favorite since 1967, has re-entered the market with a new Independence location at 4049 S. Little Blue Parkway, by Menards. And more are coming. The chain is known for its slow-roasted beef and 25-cent mini ice cream cones.

St. Louis-based Lion’s Choice wants to open on the site of a former Overland Park Winstead’s.

The chain is going through Overland Park planning to open at 10313 Metcalf Ave. in the Metcalf 103 Shopping Center. Winstead’s closed its freestanding restaurant there in August 2015, after more than 30 years.

Lion’s Choice would put up a 2,500-square-foot building with drive-through that would be closer to Metcalf Avenue than the current building, so that will trigger a public hearing with the application.

It will be more in line with Jack in the Box next door to the Winstead’s, which is closer to Metcalf, said Mike “Kup” Kupstas, CEO of Lion’s Choice..

“This will be our third site in the market and there’s not a better place to be than in the heart of Johnson County. We hope to sign another location in the market on the Missouri side, within a month,” Kupstas said. “We are excited about the response we’ve received in our first two locations and will continue with plans to fill out the market.”

Lion’s Choice is a quick-service chain known for its slow-roasted beef sandwiches, shaved thin on-site and served with its secret seasonings on a toasted bun. It also serves other sandwiches, hot dogs, sides such as baked potatoes and coleslaw, and mini frozen custard cones for 25 cents.

It entered the market with an Independence location in November and an Olathe restaurant in early 2019.

A Putsch’s Coffee House shows up at the 10313 Metcalf address in The Star’s archives. It shut down in late 1986 to make way for the new 4,860-square-foot Winstead’s with a drive-through.

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Joyce Smith has covered restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the brand Cityscape. She appreciates news tips.
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