New Overland Park restaurant will ‘marry’ BBQ and fried chicken

Berbiglia’s Roost plans a July opening at 8725 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
Berbiglia’s Roost plans a July opening at 8725 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The new Berbiglia’s Roost plans to specialize in two of Kansas City’s favorite menu items — barbecue and fried chicken.

Owner Gary Berbiglia has a background in both, first with fried chicken and barbecue at the popular Joe’s Restaurant and Bar-B-Q at 7907 State Line Road, and then at sister restaurant, Joe’s Barn, at 14885 Metcalf Ave., in what is now Overland Park.

One Mother’s Day 8,760 people were served.

Berbiglia was with Joe’s from 1964 to 1982. Then he was a partner in Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque from 1983 to 2014.

“Fried chicken and wood-fired barbecue. We want to marry the two,” he said.

His new 6,200-square-foot restaurant, 8725 Metcalf Ave., also will offer such items as Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, hot turkey open-faced sandwiches, slow-roasted pot roast, fried catfish filets, steaks, barbecued grilled jumbo shrimp, black bean burgers, cinnamon fritters and fried fruit pies.

It will have a full-service bar, wood-fired grill and its own barbecue sauce.

Berbiglia said his passion for food started at an early age with his Italian grandmother’s cooking.

He was working the register at the family’s midtown grocery store when he was 8, and at 16 he took a job sweeping the floors at Joe’s Restaurant and Bar-B-Q. He later worked in all facets of management including catering, menu planning, buying and expansion — taking Joe’s Barn from 175 seats to 1,150 seats. He became a partner around 1980 but left the company in 1983 for Arthur Bryant’s.

Steve Greer will be director of operations at Berbiglia’s Roost. He has more than 40 years experience with local restaurant companies Gilbert-Robinson, T. J. Cinnamons, Hereford House, K.C Masterpiece Barbecue & Grill and the Golden Ox.

Berbiglia’s Roost plans a July opening in the freestanding building. It was formerly occupied by Fuddruckers and then Pacific Buffet Sushi Steak & Grill.

Goodcents to debut new design

De Soto-based Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs will debut its new prototype at restaurants in Leavenworth and Olathe.

Dubbed the “Goodcents of the future,” the locations will have a new design including a butcher block wall, local photos, digital menu boards and self-order kiosks. The restaurants also will have an enhanced beverage system including brewed tea and premium lemonade, and a more extensive line of bottled sodas, energy drinks, teas and flavored waters to help drive drink sales.

The Leavenworth restaurant, at 2915 Trailhead Drive, opened about eight years ago. It will remain open during the remodeling, which should be completed by June 6.

A new location also is under construction at 10450 S. Ridgeview Road in Olathe. It is scheduled to open in August.

Some of the new design elements were introduced in a St. Louis area Goodcents in June 2015.

Goodcents president Scott Ford has 30 years experience in the restaurant industry, including leadership positions at Applebee’s, Boston Market and McDonald’s. He joined Goodcents about six years ago and was promoted to chief operations officer in 2014. He was named president in April.

“We want to stay relevant and stand out in a crowd of sandwich shops. We think our food stands out already but we want to make sure we stand out with our facility,” Ford said.

The company currently has 82 locations in eight states. It also recently introduced a Goodcents app for faster ordering.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC