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Chicken Macaroni & Cheese offers a cozy spot to find comfort food

Chicken Macaroni Cheese first opened on Prospect Avenue nearly three years ago. But that was just a carry-out business.

Now owners Dyamund Shields and Dyamund Shields Jr. have moved the restaurant south several blocks, opening in a free-standing building at 7025 Prospect Ave. with its own parking lot. They’ve turned the former beauty shop into a cozy restaurant with bright white decor and seating at a counter or tables and chairs.

They’ve also expanded the menu. It now includes the chicken wafflewich (two boneless chicken breasts and two eggs between two waffles), burgers, philly sandwiches, pork chops, the Chick-a-roni Cheese (chicken sandwich topped with mac-and-cheese), lo mein, General Hoss’ Chicken, chicken-fried rice and barbecue rib tips. Breakfast is served all day.

Snow Co. a Dreamstaurant winner

Snow Co., the maker of artful frozen cocktails, has won the national Dreamstaurant contest, netting it $40,000 in equipment and services for its new Gladstone location.

Tundra Restaurant Supply, Boulder, Colo., held the 2nd Annual Dreamstaurant Contest. A panel of in-house judges selected seven companies from hundreds of entries across the country and then asked for online votes.

The contest is sponsored by several restaurant supply and service companies.

“Snow Co. had a good story to tell and were a company we wanted to partner with,” said Kasy Allen, spokeswoman for Tundra.

The first Snow Co. opened in the Crossroads Arts District in November 2011. It specializes in frozen cocktails, but it also offers craft beers, cocktails, salads, sandwiches and appetizers.

Snow Co. is planning a late summer opening of its second location at 504 N.E. 70th St., Gladstone. Dubbed the Gladstone 18 building after its 64118 ZIP code, the building previously housed the Gladstone post office.

As part of their Dreamstaurant entry, the owners described the look they wanted for their new Northland location.

According to their entry: “The walls will be brightly colored and reminiscent of the colors of winter jackets and clothes, with large overstuffed couches and chairs in modular design allowing easy reconfiguration by the guests. Local art would adorn the walls and be available for purchase by the guests. The centerpiece of the environment would be a bar with falling snowflakes in LED lights that accentuate the frozen cocktails spinning in their machines.”

As the contest winners, Snow Co. will get $15,000 in design services and $25,000 in equipment.

“It is so amazing,” said Jerry Nevins, a founder and partner in Snow Co. “It will pay for all of our frozen drink machines, if that is how we use it, and that was a huge startup cost when we opened up the first location.”

Quick bites

•  North Kansas City’s barbecue showdown may be over.

Less than a year after opening at 900 Swift Ave., Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ has closed.

Glenn Yeager and his son Josh Yeager opened the barbecue in a gold brick building on the southern end of Swift, just a few blocks from the award-winning Smokin’ Guns BBQ Catering, in April 2013.

Smokin’ Guns, which opened in North Kansas City in 2003, had just quadrupled in size.

Still, Glenn Yeager said there was room for another barbecue in North Kansas City. At the time, he offered this “barbecue smack” about his competitor: “They can continue to smoke guns, and we’ll smoke meat.”

Now a sign is on the door of SmokeShack: “Good Folks. We are closed indefinitely. Thank you for a great 10 months! ..... The reasons for closing had nothing to do with you — you were the BEST!”

Yeager declined to comment on the closing.

But Linda Hopkins, co-owner of Smokin’ Guns, said: “It’s everyone’s dream to have their own business. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for them.”

•  Cascone’s Grill, a longtime fixture in the River Market, is opening a Northland location. A March opening is planned for the new cafe in the Picture Hills Shopping Center at 6427 N. Cosby.

Marty’s Bar-B-Q recently closed in the space.

•  Golden Corral plans a March 13 opening at 1921 W. Foxwood Drive in Raymore.