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Spin Neapolitan Pizza refreshes menu with items by chef Michael Smith

New menu items at Spin Pizza on Main include the stuffed mondo meatball
New menu items at Spin Pizza on Main include the stuffed mondo meatball Special to the Star

Spin Neapolitan Pizza is now serving a few new menu items by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Smith, who also is a minority partner in Spin.

The new dishes that can be ordered as appetizers, side dishes, small plates to be shared, or paired with a salad or soup for a mini-meal are: Calabrian Shrimp Formaggi, Eggplant Parmigiana, and Stuffed Mondo Meatball.

There’s also a new lemon ricotta and olive oil spread served with warm flatbread and a new shrimp scampi pizza.

Spin has area locations in Lenexa, Lee’s Summit, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, and south of the Country Club Plaza. It also plans to open a Crown Center restaurant in early March.

Prairiefire update

Smith also is still a minority partner in Prairiefire’s Coco Bolos Wood Fired Grill & Cantina but is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the Overland Park restaurant.

He said Coco Bolos needed someone to oversee the restaurant full-time.

“But it is all amicable. They want us to do some special events several times a year — wine dinners,” he said.

Coco Bolos has built a large following in Manhattan, Kan. Merrill Cos. signed the restaurant for its Ironhorse Centre on 151st Street in Leawood in 2006. But the restaurant closed less than two years later. The owners said they may have been two years too soon, opening before residential neighborhoods were strong enough to support the location.

Merrill Cos. had the rights to open another Coco Bolos and opened a more contemporary version in its new Prairiefire development, 5621 W. 135th St., in mid-2014. It brought Smith on to develop new menu items.

In a statement, Fred Merrill Jr., developer of Prairiefire, said that while Smith has stepped out of his original role as head chef, he remains a part owner in Coco Bolos, and will continue to be available to the restaurant for guidance and consulting.

Dan Sobek has joined the restaurant as chef/operating partner. Sobek has added more appetizers, salads, and entrees with side dishes.

He said the name also will now change to CocoBolos Craft Kitchen + Cocktails.

Leawood restaurant with a charitable bent

Kansas City Business Center for Entrepreneurial Development is opening a new restaurant in Leawood. Wing Lovers USA is planning a soft opening this Sunday in the Village of Seville, 13164 State Line Road.

V.L. Dixon, founder of the business center, said all net profits from the restaurant will benefit community service projects, especially poverty programs.

Wing Lovers will serve hot wings, burgers, Philly steaks and salads. It also will have a juice bar.

Dixon founded Wings ’N Things in the early 1980s and Wing Lovers USA will use some of the original recipes.

Zepi’s Pizza & Pub and Sammy’s Pizza & Pub formerly occupied the site.

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