Foes of new Grinders make headway

Most of the standing-room-only crowd filling the Lenexa City Council chambers Tuesday night and spilling out into the hallway wore something red.

But this group wasn’t there to deliver a Valentine to the partners behind Grinders Roadhouse — a restaurant, bar and outdoor entertainment venue proposed for their neighborhood. The red apparel — from T-shirts to down vests to basketball shorts — was a sign of solidarity from residents opposing the project.

They walked away with a partial victory.

The council delayed a final vote on whether to approve the Grinders project at the former Kieltyka’s Stonewall Inn complex at 10240 Pflumm Road.

Instead, the council returned the proposal to the city planning commission to address residents’ concerns about parking, noise and hours of operation. The commission will take up the matter on March 4.

Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, a sculptor and entrepreneur, wants to put his third Grinders on the property. He said it will be primarily a restaurant, and he hopes to meet with residents in the next couple of weeks to ease their concerns.

Neighbors are worried that an outdoor entertainment space and events for up to 300 people would cause too much commotion. Some said Tuesday they would welcome a restaurant.

All eight property owners within 200 feet of the Grinders property have signed a protest petition.

Rumaner owns Grinders and Grinders West, businesses that operate side by side on 18th Street between Oak and Cherry Streets south of downtown Kansas City.