Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe opening downtown

Pickleman’s Buffalo chicken sandwich.
Pickleman’s Buffalo chicken sandwich. The Kansas City Star

The area franchisee for Pickleman’s Gourmet Café will open a downtown location.

Jordan Starke is taking over the former Zaina Mediterranean Cuisine & Catering space at 25 E. 12th St.

Starke plans an extensive renovation before a summer opening.

He also will open his ninth location in Columbia next month at 304 S. Ninth St. He also owns locations in Leawood, Overland Park, Waldo, Westport, and by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as three other locations in Columbia.

Pickleman’s serves soups, toasted sandwiches, fresh chopped salads and thin crust pizza. Menu items include Italian club, Asiago Caesar salads, chicken giardiniera pizza, meatball with marinara sandwiches and Baja chicken soup.

Zaina recently relocated to 1108 Grand Blvd.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC