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Ted’s Cafe Escondido is coming to Lee’s Summit

The dining room at Ted’s Cafe Escondido in Corbin Park at 7001 W. 135th Street in Overland Park.
The dining room at Ted’s Cafe Escondido in Corbin Park at 7001 W. 135th Street in Overland Park. The Kansas City Star

Oklahoma-based Ted’s Cafe Escondido just entered the market with an Overland Park location in Corbin Park.

Now it plans to expand on the Missouri side with a restaurant opening in Valle Vista Shopping Center, 634 N.E. Missouri 291 in Lee’s Summit this summer, and another opening in the fall in the Village at Shoal Creek, 8300 Booth Ave., near Liberty.

Ted’s, which has eight locations in Oklahoma, concentrates on fresh ingredients and made-from scratch items such as tamales, tortilla soup, fajita nachos supreme with meat slow-marinated for 72 hours, fajitas, pork chili verde, and chicken Monterey.

Customers are promised complimentary fresh tortilla chips with any entree. Ted’s signature sides include Pappas Mexicanos (garlic-infused mashed potatoes with finely diced green chiles) and Corn con Crema (corn in a creamy sauce with a spice blend and finely diced green chiles).

New Northland Burger King

Todd Gilbertson’s first job after graduating with a marketing degree from St. Cloud State University in 1979 was at Burger King.

He was assistant manager at the restaurant in St. Cloud, Minn., and while his favorite fast food snack was a Burger King chicken sandwich — still is — he planned to get some experience and then move on to a corporate job.

But 36 years later, he’s still with Burger King. Gilbertson now owns several Northland Burger Kings with Perry Beaton, who also has been with Burger King more than 30 years. Their restaurants are in Kearney, Liberty, North Kansas City and Platte City, as well as in Maryville, Mo.

They recently opened one of the chain’s latest designs with double drive-through at 8581 N. Boardwalk Ave., just east of Interstate 29, with “ a cleaner, sleeker, more modern look,” said Gilbertson, who lives in Parkville.

New development on Cleaver Boulevard

Barbecue baron and developer Ollie Gates is continuing to spruce up an area east of the Country Club Plaza.

In 2013, the City Council approved the Plaza East Community Improvement District on Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard at the Paseo, allowing for the collection of a 1-cent sales tax in the area for “cleanliness and security.”

Gates also has completed construction on a 24,092-square-foot commercial center at the southeast corner of Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Troost. Tenants will include a Subway and a supper club. The Promise Wedding & Event Space also is moving to the center from the Crossroads in May.

Now after four years at 1214 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Lucky Dynasty will move to a new 2,200-square-foot red brick building with drive-through just west of its current location. A summer opening is scheduled.

The current Lucky Dynasty building will then be demolished to make way for a new franchisee-owned McDonald’s, which plans to take several lots between Forest and Tracy for a 2016 opening.

That McDonald’s could have the chain’s new “Create Your Own Taste” touchscreen kiosks. Customers just press a button to select the type of bun they want and how many patties, as well as a choice of 30 toppings such as colby jack cheese, egg, bacon, beetroot, grilled pineapple and grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, chipotle mayo and barbecue sauce.

“We need to make sure that east of Troost has the same economic opportunity as west,” Gates said. “That’s why I built the shopping center, so people can see that the Plaza doesn’t stop at Main Street. It is important not only to me but to Kansas City.”

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