Milbourn’s Northland location wants to be known as a neighborhood destination

Milbourn’s Family Restaurant — just off Interstate 29 in Faucett, Mo.—- has built a steady following beyond the trucker and tourist trade with its “Midwestern cuisine,” more commonly known as comfort food.

But now Rick Milbourn and his fiancée, Valerie Moser, want to expand on that market. They have opened Milbourn’s Food Drink Co. at 6409 N. Cosby Ave., near their Northland home. For this location they want to draw even more residents and couples on date nights.

They have expanded the menu beyond the hot beef sandwiches, the giant tenderloins and chicken fried chicken sandwiches. The new Milbourn’s serves dinners like the already popular Mexican meatloaf, along with flank steak with 10 spices, Omega beef steaks and hand-battered mahi mahi, as well as more desserts and appetizers.

The restaurant will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. Specials include pan-fried catfish Friday night, and on Saturday the restaurant will serve taco specials during the day and prime rib specials for dinner.

Milbourn’s Food Drink Co. will start a Sunday brunch on Mother’s Day. It also has a banquet room for up to 50 people.

“We want this to be a regular place for the neighborhood to gather,” Milbourn said.

Soccer connection

Grinders fans can now get some of their favorite menu items at Sporting Kansas City’s soccer stadium in Kansas City, Kan.

Starting Saturday, the Crossroads restaurant will sell its “Chili Bomb” tater tots with chili cheese and scallions, along with meatball burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, chicken strips and signature chicken wings in the Boulevard Members Club during home games at Sporting Park.

“Sporting Kansas City really supports the Crossroads; they are good guys and a winning team,” said Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, owner of Grinders. “And it fits our demographics. Our customers wanted it there.”

Sporting Kansas City also will introduce the Budweiser Beer Garden on the Sprint Plaza for all home matches. The VIP hospitality tent, for those 21 and older, will have all-you-can-eat stadium fare, Budweiser products, soda and water. The cost is $20 for season ticket holders and $25 for others. Red Bull and vodka also will be available for an extra price.

The stadium also highlights other local operations, including beer from Boulevard Brewing Co. and Weston Brewing Co., and classic burgers and sliders from Blanc Burgers + Bottles.

Quick bite

Corner Bakery Cafe plans two area locations this year.

The first is scheduled to open at 117th Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood’s Camelot Court in late July or early August. Another is scheduled for later this year by Von Maur in Corbin Park, at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

Corner Bakery is a breakfast/lunch/dinner fast-casual operation specializing in soups, salads and sandwiches. Servers deliver meals to dine-in customers, and it offers catering services.

The local franchisee also is looking at locations in north Overland Park, in the 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard area, and in Lawrence. Its franchise agreement calls for 11 restaurants in five years in a radius stretching to Topeka. But most of the locations will open in the Kansas City area.