In his five years traveling the country as a catastrophe adjuster, Chris Goode would stop at juice and smoothie shops along the way, picking up tips from the best operations.
Now he’s bringing the best of all of his stops to his new Westport venue called Ruby Jean’s Juicery.
Goode wanted to create a space where customers could “detach from the stressors of their daily lives” while fueling up on healthy options. Menu items will include fresh juices and smoothies, performance shakes, coffee, tea and gluten-free snacks.
Many of the drinks will have Kansas City names, such as the Vine Street Greens with cucumber, kale, spinach, green apple and lime, and the Big Chief, a smoothie with bananas, strawberries, almond milk and agave.
Ruby Jean’s Juicery’s grand opening is set for 11 a.m. July 25 at 4001 Broadway, a vintage gas station building with skylights and a tiny back enclosed patio that Goode has landscaped with herbs and flowers. It also will have free Google Fiber Wi-Fi and stationary iPads.
Ruby Jean’s Juicery is named after Goode’s late grandmother.
“She was the glue of the family, who died in her early 60s from diabetes and other health issues,” Goode said. “I believe if she had the knowledge for healthy living, she would still be with us. So I wanted to bring a healthy option to the urban core … to add longevity to their life span.”
Wings Cafe for Westport
Wings Cafe, the Northland’s “artisan chicken wings and fish” restaurant, also is opening a Westport venue.
It plans an early September debut at 3927 Broadway. Little Egypt Cafe recently operated in the space.
Five family members opened Wings Cafe in August 2012 at 516 N.W. Englewood Road. Along with a variety of wings, it offers chicken strips, fish fillets, catfish, shrimp and such sides as carrots and celery, corn nuggets and sweet potato fries. It offers a choice of 22 sauces and dry rubs.
Wings also can be ordered in family packs of up to 200. The new Westport location also will have craft beers and specialty cocktails.
“It puts us in the heart of the city,” said partner Lee Redwood.