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Waldo’s McLain’s Bakery plans Overland Park location; Brookside’s Blue Grotto to close

McLain’s Bakery & Coffeehouse at 201 E. Gregory Blvd. offers a variety of pastries and cookies, and it will soon provide the same goodies in Overland Park at 10695 Roe Ave.
McLain’s Bakery & Coffeehouse at 201 E. Gregory Blvd. offers a variety of pastries and cookies, and it will soon provide the same goodies in Overland Park at 10695 Roe Ave. The Kansas City Star

Waldo mainstay McLain’s Bakery & Coffeehouse is expanding.

Grand Street Dining LLC, owners of the two area Grand Street Cafes, bought the bakery in March 2014. Now they want to open another location, this one at 10695 Roe Ave. in Overland Park, that will have expanded menu items.

It is scheduled to open by this fall after a major renovation. The former gas station and convenience store will have indoor seating, a patio on the south side, new landscaping and sidewalks, 35 parking spaces and a drive-thru. The site is just north of Interstate 435.

“It has good access from (Interstate) 435, there’s been a lot of growth in that area with the new apartments and there’s not a coffee shop in that area,” said Jeff Hirleman, manager of McLain’s.

McLain’s menu currently includes a chocolate cup cookie — pecan sandies with a drop of chocolate icing — that’s been a longtime customer favorite, as well as butter rolls, chocolate peanut butter cookies, brownies, pastries, coffee cakes, muffins, doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches, and it makes special-occasion cakes.

It also will start offering sandwiches, salads and wraps at the Waldo location later this month and then at the new location.

The Overland Park location also will have a market area with items by McLain’s as well as locally produced food items to go, so the word “market” might be included in the name.

McLain’s Bakery had operated on Wornall Road for decades, but in 2011 it moved to the larger location at 201 E. Gregory Blvd., which also offered more parking.

Blue Grotto is closing in Brookside

Brookside’s Blue Grotto, an upscale wood-fired pizza restaurant, plans to close Feb. 21.

Its lease was expiring, and it was in negotiations for a new owner with a new concept to purchase the restaurant equipment and open a new concept in the space.

Blue Grotto partner James Landis said it was paying less than market rates, but its landlord wanted a “significant increase” in rent. Negotiations “unexpectedly” fell through over the weekend, he said.

“It was a drastic increase, double the rent starting next month. There wasn’t a way to grow into it,” he said.

Blue Grotto, which opened in June 2008 at 6324 Brookside Plaza, plans to either sell its equipment or put it into storage.

Gilchrist & Associates Inc., which is representing the landlord, declined to comment.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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