Grand Street Cafe opening Lenexa location

Rick and Kristi Ghilardi and Greg Hirleman, owners of the Grand Street Cafe just east of the Country Club Plaza, are expanding with a new Lenexa location.

The 7,753-square foot restaurant is scheduled to open in November in Lenexa City Center East, 8815 Renner Blvd. It will have a similar menu and decor as the original Grand Street Cafe, which was founded just over two decades ago. The new restaurant will take nearly half of the first floor of the building housing B.E. Smith, one of the nation’s largest executive search firms.

Copaken Brooks is developer of another corner of the intersection called City Center Lenexa.

They plan a new 20,000-square-foot mixed-use building called 89 Renner@ City Center Lenexa. Perceptive Software will use the second floor for a conference center. The first floor will be for restaurant and retail. Construction is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 and the building will be ready for occupancy in June 2014.

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