Oklahoma’s Hal Smith Restaurants prefers a slow but steady growth.
It expands by about one new restaurant a year under its 15 concepts. So while it opened its first Redrock Canyon Grill in 1999, it is just now opening a sixth location, this one in Overland Park’s Corbin Park, 13505 Metcalf Ave.
Its one-page dinner menu concentrates on Southwest and American-style items — including iron-skillet cornbread, deviled eggs, short smoked North Coast salmon, John “B” Good chicken enchilada platter, Texas “Chop House” rotisserie chicken salad meatloaf, mustard-crusted pork chops, seasonal vegetable platter with couscous, tenderloins, ribeye steaks and Key Lime pie.
A large central bar in the dining room is surrounded mostly by booths with a lively kitchen in back showcasing its freshly made items. The restaurants traditionally celebrate sunsets by ringing a cowbell and raising the patio shades. Customers sitting on the patio also can watch the wood-fired rotisserie chickens roasting behind a glass window.
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The bar opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with happy hour specials until 6 p.m., including stuffed poblano, buffalo shrimp, enchiladas and spinach artichoke dip.
A Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes quiche, omelets and a chicken pot pie.
The other Redrock Canyon Grill restaurants are in Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa, as well as Southlake, Texas, and Wichita.
More Johnson County openings
▪ Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment, a fast-growing entertainment center chain, plans a 2 p.m. Oct. 11 opening at 11950 S. Kansas City Road in Olathe.
The nearly 50,000-square-foot center will offer virtual and interactive game play and bowling, obstacle courses, multi-level laser tag arenas, and a full-service restaurant and bar.
It also has an area location in Independence and another is planned for the Northland.
▪ Lenexa-based Westlake Ace Hardware plans a grand opening Friday through Sunday for its new 15,500-square-foot store in Stanley Station, 7821 W. 151st St., Overland Park, its 20th location in the area. The celebrations will include a Stihl prize package of tools and accessories retailing for $1,500, vendor demonstrations, cookout, face painting and games.
▪ Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opened its fourth area restaurant Monday. The 2,700-square-foot restaurant is at 7501 W. 135th St., Overland Park.
Raising Cane’s was founded by Todd Graves in Baton Rouge, La. in 1996. There are now more than 280 locations in 22 states, including area locations in Blue Springs, Westport and Lawrence. They specialize in chicken finger meals using fresh, never frozen chicken. Other menu items include Texas toast, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries and its special Cane’s sauce.