More Crushed Red pizza, salads for KC; Buffalo Wings & Rings seeks KC franchisees

Crushed Red’s mushroom, pepperoni and sausage pizza.
Crushed Red’s mushroom, pepperoni and sausage pizza.

More than a year ago, Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop said it was targeting the market for expansion in 2015.

It was a bit behind schedule, but in mid-July, area franchisee ALW LLC said it planned a fourth-quarter opening for the first area Crushed Red, at 10640 Roe Ave. in Overland Park. The franchisee also wants to open more area locations, including another in Overland Park.

Now a new Tulsa-based area franchisee, CRSW LLC, has signed an agreement for at least 20 units in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and northern Texas by 2020. CRSW LLC plans to open a location in Tulsa in spring 2017 but in some markets it will help other franchisees open locations under its agreement.

“Our goal is to really build out this region. Our plan is to very aggressively market and open these stores,” said Sean Kouplen, managing director of CRSW.

The fast casual St. Louis-based franchise serves whole-grain pizzas and chopped-to-order salads. It was founded in 2012 and began franchising in 2014. It currently has three corporate-owned stores in the St. Louis area as well as two locations owned by a franchisee in Colorado.

Another franchisee is opening a location at 2540 Broadway Bluffs Drive in Columbia on Sept. 22.

Menu items include build-your-own salads with ingredients like broccoli, roasted corn, black beans, seasonal fruit, pesto roasted shrimp and sirloin steak with a choice of organic dressings.

Specialty pizzas include the Yukon Gold Steakhouse with Parmesan cream, sirloin steak, Yukon potatoes and gorgonzola cheese, and the chipotle BBQ Chicken with black beans, roasted corn, caramelized onion and pepper jack cheese.

Buffalo Wings & Rings coming to Kansas

Buffalo Wings & Rings is expanding to Kansas. It has signed a franchisee who will build three units in Wichita with construction starting this fall.

Now it is targeting Kansas City and looking for franchisees who would open 3 to 5 restaurants in the next 3 to 5 years. The chain is described as offering “an elevated sports restaurant experience” but catering to the entire family.

Chief development officer Philip Schram said the restaurants use fresh ingredients and make items to order. The restaurants have about 60 TVs but the sound level is kept lower than typical sports bars.

Menu items include tenders and wings with a variety of sauces from bourbon barbecue to cool wasabi, entree salads such as a blackened chicken Caesar, soup of the day, classic and specialty burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches, sides and desserts.

The locations are typically 6,000 square feet and are freestanding or on the end caps of shopping centers.

The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company was founded in 1984 and now has 51 locations in a dozen states, and 20 more in development including one in Wichita. It also has 20 locations in the Middle East.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC