Kansas City Restaurant Openings, Closings, and News – January 2024

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The last couple of months have been a busy time for restaurant openings, closings, and other news.

  • Whole Harvest Kitchen is a plant-based restaurant opening this week in Leawood Town Center. I’m looking forward to trying their KC BBQ Plate, their Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Tacos, the Shirataki Noodle Laksa, and all of the plant-based appetizers, salads, pizzas and desserts.
  • Wyandot BBQ in Overland Park has closed. The original locations is still open.
  • Gilda’s Bar de Tapas is slated to open in downtown Shawnee, Kansas this spring or this summer.
  • Banksia, An Australian Bakehouse & Café is moving their downtown KCMO location to a bigger space, in the former Plowboys Barbeque location at 1111 Main Street.
  • The Big Biscuit is re-opening its Blue Springs and Independence locations.
  • Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar has closed. The restaurant has operated for around 10 years on the west side of the Country Club Plaza.
  • Cookies & Creamery has closed their operation at Red Bridge Shopping Center. They are planning to focus on catering.
  • Q39 is working on plans to open a new location in Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Red Bridge is getting a new grocery store, Farm Fresh Market, which will open early this summer.
  • Palacio Maya is opening at 9720 Quivira Road in the former Black Agave Tequila space.
  • VIVA Tacos & Tequila in Leawood plans to open a new restaurant in Olathe (11935 S Black Bob Rd).
  • Entity Lounge is new coffee shop in Overland Park (11216 Switzer Rd) that turns into a cocktail lounge at night.
  • Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews is slated to open at 7111 W 95th St in Overland Park. The North Dakota-based burger chain is taking over a former Red Robin location.
  • Fountain Haus has closed permanently. The LGBTQ+ bar and night club has occupied a second floor space at Broadway and Westport Road in Westport since 2022.
  • Italian Delight by Avelluto, which closed in 2021, is re-opening at 6846 Johnson Drive, in the former Mission d’Bronx space.
  • The Kansas City Current has announced their official hospitality brand of CPKC Stadium, Riverfront Collective.
Whole Harvest Kitchen at Leawood Town Center
Exterior plans revealed for new Farm Fresh Market at Red Bridge Shopping Center
The Unforked location at 7337 W 119th St in Overland Park inches towards re-opening. A fire closed this location in December 2022.


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