Stroud’s coming to Overland Park and more retail tenants for Prairiefire

Stroud’s has completed a deal to add a location in south Overland Park.

The restaurant, which has been serving its pan fried chicken in Kansas City since 1933, is taking over an existing Mimi’s Cafe. Stroud’s plans to remodel the building at 8301 W. 135th St., including the bar and carryout area, for an early June opening.

Executives with Mimi’s Cafe declined to comment.

“Nobody takes more time and care in their cooking than Stroud’s,” said Ed Nelson, president of KC Hopps Ltd. “It’s a long process and hard work. It takes so much more money and time, even for such a small menu.”

In October, the locally owned KC Hopps become an equity partner in the Fairway Stroud’s and a partner in any new Stroud’s locations. At the time, Stroud’s owner Mike Donegan said KC Hopps would learn the operation with the goal of opening another Stroud’s restaurant. Block Co. Inc. Realtors is the real estate broker for the partnership.

The new Overland Park Stroud’s will have 65 to 70 employees. It also will have live music on the weekends, an outdoor patio and a private dining room seating up to 60 people.

“We turn down multiple requests every day for private dining at our Fairway location,” Nelson said.

Jim Hogan and Donegan bought Stroud’s longtime location at 85th and Troost Avenue in 1977. Donegan became the sole owner in the early 1990s and later moved the restaurant to Fairway. He also owns a Northland Stroud’s that is not part of the deal with KC Hopps.

Stroud’s has a loyal following and has been featured in numerous national TV food shows and magazines.

KC Hopps, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, has several area concepts including Barley’s Brewhaus, 75th Street Brewery, 810 Zone and O’Dowd’s Little Dublin.

New tenants for Overland Park’s Prairiefire

Nebraska-based Fat Brain Toys is coming to Overland Park, opening its first store outside its home state.

Fat Brain Toys was started in mid-2002, when 10-year-old Adam Carson got a magnetic building toy and liked it so much he went online to try to order a larger set. When he couldn’t find one, well, he suggested that his father Mark Carson, a web developer, create an online specialty toy store.

“Why was it that that toy resonated with him? It was really high quality, simple to use but there was a real sophistication about it. He was learning while he was playing,” said Mark Carson, founder of Fat Brain Toys with his wife, Karen.

The family did start an online business, shipping magnetic toys out of the basement of their home in Elkhorn, Neb. The business grew so quickly they moved out of the basement and then to ever larger spaces before settling in their current 2,700-square-foot store and a 75,000-square-foot warehouse in Omaha.

Fat Brain Toys also has expanded its offerings from magnetic toys to nearly 7,000 high-quality toys, games and gifts.

“They are open-ended, meaning more creative play, more multiple uses and engaging different ages,” Mark Carson said. But not toys that have “one use for it and once they have exhausted that purpose they are on to the new thing.”

The company also doesn’t carry toys that are “licensed, violent, cheaply made.”

In 2006, the Carsons started a sister company called Fat Brain Toy Co. and began developing a line of toys, including Dado Cubes.

Its Omaha staff includes teachers, parents and grandparents who have a particular interest in children’s toys, and the Carsons will look for similar help for the 15 staff positions at the new Overland Park store at 5601. W 135th St., Suite 2230.

Other new tenants coming to Prairiefire, at 135th Street and Nall Avenue in May.

•  Threshing Bee will be a mix of small, distinctive boutiques. It will take a 6,000-square-foot spot at 5501 W. 135th St., Suite 2320. Boutiques will include: Tomboy by clothing designer Laura McGrew, Mended Wing, Adorn, Dry Creek Goods, Zuzu’s Petals and TinyTown, a boutique that will offer “high-quality, affordable” home decor, accessories, gifts and jewelry for small dogs, puppies and their owners.

•  Bridal Extraordinaire South will open a 4,000-square-foot store at 5601 W. 135th St., Suite 2240. It will sell wedding dresses and “social occasion” dresses. It also has a Bridal Extraordinaire shop in Shawnee.

•  The Lawrence-based Eagles’ Rest Natural Home plans to open Rest Natural Mattress at 6285 W. 135th St., Suite 330. The 1,800-square-foot store will specialize in mattresses made from cotton, wool and all natural latex. It also will make custom sofas and chairs using natural fabrics.