In the last couple of years, Kansas City has seen more of the so-called “breastaurants” — sports bars and restaurants featuring scantily clad women servers — enter the market.
Now Lenexa’s Riley Drive Entertainment Inc. is expanding with its own breastaurant concept, joining national concepts like Hooters, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery and Twin Peaks. This month Riley converted its original Saints Pub + Patio location — at 9720 Quivira Road, just west of Oak Park Mall — to Beaver Tap Sports Bar.
“People can think what they want but the breastaurant concept is easily the fastest growing segment of the sports bar industry,” said Scott Anderson, a partner in Riley.
The first Beaver Tap opened in January 2012 in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines, offering a small menu of both appetizers and entrees.
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The Lenexa location offers such items as wings, mini corn dogs, Cajun popcorn shrimp, loaded tater tots, spicy chicken salad, pork tenderloins, and specialty pizzas, as well as build-your-own pizzas. It also has nightly specials like Sin Monday-Video Karaoke which includes $2.50 wells and $3 happy hour bites all day, and Retro Wednesday-Ladies Night with a DJ playing hits from the 1980s to 2000s.
Beaver Tap is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The location was the first Saints to open in 2008. Riley Drive Entertainment also has a new Saints Pub + Patio in Renner89, 16804 W. 89th St., at Renner Boulevard. Anderson said the new location is just a “nice neighborhood sports bar,” focusing more on the daytime, happy hour and the evening crowd, and less of the nightlife than the location at 9720 Quivira Road.
“There also was some confusion between the two Lenexa Saints locations. So we thought it was time to shake things up. The new one is doing phenomenally well,” Anderson said.
There are currently Saints locations in Independence and Shawnee, as well as two in Omaha, four in the Des Moines area and one in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Anderson and partner Marc Mundt named the company Riley Drive after the street they grew up on in Iowa, near the new Ottumwa restaurant.
“Beaver Tap has a smaller footprint model than other breastaurants so you can open more of them. But our primary interest is growing the Saints restaurants,” Anderson said.
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