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Slim Chickens opens its first area restaurant in Independence

Adam Herndon is operating partner of Slim Chickens in Independence.
Adam Herndon is operating partner of Slim Chickens in Independence. Special to The Star

It may take a few minutes more to get your Slim Chickens order but the Arkansas-based chain promises it will be worth the wait.

The company recently entered the area market with its first restaurant at 4641 S. Cochise Court, just south of Interstate 70 at Missouri 291 in Independence. It plans at least four more area locations, including one at 8901 W. 135th St. in Overland Park that is set to open in late spring or early summer, and at least one more is scheduled to open before the end of the year.

It uses fresh ingredients for such items as chicken and waffles, smokey cheddar wraps, hand-breaded or grilled chicken tenders, Buffalo Blues Salad (with blue cheese crumbles and grilled or fried tenders shaken in buffalo wing sauce), wings, and sides such as mac-and-cheese, coleslaw, fried pickles, fried okra and fried mushrooms.

“The chicken and waffles are a huge hit and we are getting a lot of feedback on the freshness of the chicken tenders and even the fried pickles and mushrooms. You can really tell the difference between frozen and fresh,” said Adam Herndon, operating partner at the new Independence location.

Slim Chickens, Fayetteville, Ark., was founded in 2003 and now has 15 locations with several more scheduled to open soon in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. It expects to have more than 600 open nationwide in 10 years.

Verizon, Chick-fil-A find new homes at BarryWoods Crossing

Three former Northland restaurant spaces have been completely redone for two new tenants.

Verizon Wireless took over the former Boston Market and Einstein Bros. Bagels building in BarryWoods Crossing for its new Verizon Smart Store.

Next door, Chick-fil-A recently put up a new restaurant at 6501 N.W. Barry Road, on the site of the former Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. The new Chick-fil-A features a double drive-thru and children’s play area.

The nearly 4,700-square-foot Verizon Wireless store — at 6505 N.W. Barry Road, just east of Interstate 29 — opened in December and features products in the “mobile lifestyle zones.” That includes Amplify It (for music on-the-go), Get Fit (for tracking healthy habits), Have Fun (for novel tech gadgets), Home and on the Go (for home automation) and Customize It (to customize cases).

It also has a small horseshoe-shaped desk where customers can attend workshops on their new wireless devices.

Verizon Wireless currently has more than 1,700 stores nationwide, including 175 Smart Stores, and plans to convert all of its locations into Smart Stores in the next few years.

Quick bites

▪ Spin Neapolitan Pizza at 4950 Main St. temporarily closed on Jan. 5 and plans to reopen Friday with a new look and barrel wines.

▪ Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open in the Shoal Creek Village, 8383 N. Booth Ave., at 7 a.m. Jan. 21.

▪ Kay Jewelers plans a February opening in Ward Parkway Center at 8600 Ward Parkway.

▪ Firehouse Subs has closed its Country Club Plaza restaurant at 4628 J.C. Nichols Parkway. The franchisee said sales did not meet expectations.

The Firehouse Subs in Tiffany Springs MarketCenter, 8934 N.W. Skyview Ave., also has temporarily closed. The company, which declined to comment on the reasons for the closing, hopes to reopen the restaurant soon.

A Firehouse Subs also is scheduled to open in a new multi-tenant building in Antioch Crossing at Antioch and Vivion roads in the Northland in late February or early March.

▪ Domino’s Pizza has opened at 7208 Wornall Road in Waldo. Menu items include specialty pizzas, create your own pizzas, baked sandwiches and penne pasta.

▪ Big Momma’s Bakery-Cafe has closed in Crown Center. The three owners, who also are sisters, relocated the bakery/cafe to Crown Center from Raytown in 2009. It was known for such goodies as giant cinnamon rolls and house-made dinner rolls. The sisters used some recipes that had been in the family for decades.