In the last couple of years, Kansas City has seen an influx of the so-called “breastaurants” — sports bars and restaurants featuring scantily clad women servers.
Now Lenexa’s Riley Drive Entertainment Inc. is expanding with its own breastaurant concept, joining national concepts like Hooters, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery and Twin Peaks. Earlier this month Riley converted its original Saints Pub + Patio location — at 9720 Quivira Road, just west of Oak Park Mall — to Beaver Tap Sports Bar.
“People can think what they want but the breastaurant concept is easily the fastest growing segment of the sports bar industry,” said Scott Anderson, a partner in Riley.
The first Beaver Tap opened in January 2012 in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines with a small menu. The Lenexa location offers such items as wings, mini corndogs, Cajun popcorn shrimp, loaded tater tots, spicy chicken salad, pork tenderloins and specialty pizzas, as well as build-your-own pizzas. It also has nightly specials like Sin Monday-Video Karaoke, which includes $2.50 wells and $3 happy hour bites all day.
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The location was the first Saints to open in 2008. Riley Drive Entertainment also has a new Saints Pub + Patio at 16804 W. 89th St. in Lenexa. Anderson said the new location is just a “nice neighborhood sports bar,” focusing more on the daytime, happy hour and the evening crowd, and less of the nightlife than the Quivira Road location.
“There also was some confusion between the two Lenexa Saints locations. So we thought it was time to shake things up. The new one is doing phenomenally well,” Anderson said.
There are currently Saints locations in Independence and Shawnee, as well as in Iowa and Nebraska.
“Beaver Tap has a smaller footprint model than other breastaurants so you can open more of them. But our primary interest is growing the Saints restaurants,” Anderson said.
New Neapolitan-style pizza for KCK/Westwood restaurant row
Jason Gregory and Kelli Marie Hindes will pack a lot into the next few weeks.
In early August, they take possession of a new restaurant space in the NorthWood Shopping Center, near 47th and Mission Road in Kansas City, Kan.
They’ll work on the spot before marrying on Sept. 12 — maybe have time for a short honeymoon — and then gear up for a November opening for their new 1889 Pizza Napoletana.
On study abroad trips to Italy — Gregory for four months, Hindes for two months — they fell in love with the culture and Gregory began studying guidelines for true Neapolitan pizza. He worked in award-winning California restaurants that specialized in the pizza and then became certified.
1889 Pizza Napoletana will use premium, fresh ingredients and dough made in-house daily. They are still fine-tuning recipes but their specialty pizzas may include the Signature Margherita (with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, basil, parmigiano-reggiano and extra virgin olive oil), and the Honey Bee (fresh pear, Gorgonzola, local honey, arugula and extra virgin olive oil).
A wood-burning oven will bake the pizzas in 90 seconds. Customers also will be able to order “build-their-own pizzas” and select from a variety of ingredients. The menu also will include salads and appetizers, as well as beer and wine on tap.
At 2872 W. 47th Ave., 1889 Pizza Napoletana will join Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, which plans an early fall opening in the NorthWood center. It also is near such restaurants as Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Taco Republic and Lulu’s Asian Bistro.
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