Ohio-based Dewey’s Pizza opens Overland Park location

Dewey’s Pizza uses fresh ingredients for their hand-tossed specialty pizzas like the Edgar Allan Poe.
Dewey’s Pizza uses fresh ingredients for their hand-tossed specialty pizzas like the Edgar Allan Poe.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Dewey’s Pizza has entered the market with a new Overland Park location.

The “upscale gourmet pizza” chain took three spaces in Ranch Mart South and opened Monday after a major renovation of the corner space.

The owners said they set their pizza restaurant apart by offering full service. They also use fresh ingredients for their hand-tossed specialty pizzas like the popular Socrates’ Revenge with olive oil, minced garlic, mozzarella-fontina blend, spinach, black olives, green olives, feta cheese, red onions and tomatoes; and the Bronx Bomber with red sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and black olives.

Customers also can build their own pizzas with a choice of red or white sauce and a selection of more than 50 toppings, including barbecue sauce, banana pepper, green olives, roasted red peppers, meatballs, pine nuts, spinach, ricotta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Customers also can order half red/half white pizzas.

Other menu items include craft beers, wine, calzones, salads with house-made dressing and desserts made by local bakers. It also offers seasonal pizza and salad selections.

The privately held company was founded by Andrew DeWitt in 1998 and also has locations in Ohio and St. Louis.

Slim Chickens for Lenexa

A former Shell gas station at 8700 Long St. in Lenexa will be the site for a new Slim Chickens. The Arkansas-based chain specializes in hand-breaded chicken tenders.

It plans to open by early March 2017.

Slim Chickens uses fresh ingredients for such items as tenders, chicken and waffles, smokey cheddar wraps, Buffalo Blues Salad (with blue cheese crumbles and grilled or fried tenders shaken in buffalo wing sauce), wings, and sides like mac-and-cheese, coleslaw, fried pickles, fried okra and fried mushrooms.

But the company has dropped its plans to open a restaurant with drive-through service at 7930 State Line Road, Prairie Village.

“We couldn’t get the necessary approvals for that location,” said Tom Gordon, chief executive officer.

Slim Chickens also has locations in Independence and Overland Park and another is planned for the Northland. Gordon said he would like to have 6 to 10 locations in the Kansas City market.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC