Here’s what’s new in Kansas City food and drink in March 2021
The Parlor food hall is getting a new noodle spot, though your time to try it is limited. Keeyoung Kim, the owner of Sura Eats, has started a noodle-fueled spin-off pop-up project featuring dishes like Korean-style ramyun soup and chicken kalguksu, which Kim says some call the Korean version of chicken and noodle soup. The Sura Noodle Bar pop-up opened in early February and will run through the end of April. “I love noodles,” Kim wrote when announcing the project. “They are delicious vessels for sauces and broths, and they are also fun to eat, especially when loud slurping is involved.”
Custard’s Next Stand
Andy’s Frozen Custard is coming to Waldo, with plans to open sometime this summer. The Springfield-based chain has already demolished the former Berbiglia liquor store, which stood empty at the corner of 79th Street and Wornall Road for six years, but it faces opposition from the city in its bid to further expand its footprint by also taking out a neighboring house, reports the Star. Removing a home to expand a business doesn’t jive with city planning, promoting hearings on the subject. As noted in our feature package, that stretch of Wornall is changing fast, with a new taqueria taking over for the former JerUSAlem Stone store across the street.
‘Stand’ and Deliver
Lawrence continues to export restaurants to KC. Following on the heels of Pizza Shuttle, which landed in Johnson County before the pandemic, college town sports bar Jefferson’s is starting a standalone wing spot to be called Wing Stand by Jefferson’s, according to the Shawnee Mission Post. Wing Stand will be on Johnson Drive in Mission, right next to Sully’s Pub and close enough to the Mission branch of The Peanut that a hen could probably make the flight. Opening a wing spot right next to The Peanut seems like a bold move, but we haven’t had Jefferson’s.
Ollie out, Cliff in
With the former Nick and Jake’s on the south Plaza set to become Third Street Social, the restaurant’s former general manager is starting his own new project, Cliff’s Taphouse, in midtown’s Union Hill neighborhood. The kitchen at the location, formerly Ollie’s Local, will be helmed by former Nick and Jake’s chef Laura Valdivia, according to the Star, and will feature dishes like Asian pork tostadas, lemon pepper wings, flatbreads, pulled pork sliders and the like.
‘Butter’ and Bread
Two years ago, Kate Smith started selling macarons. Now, she’s got a full-fledged bakery and sandwich shop in the former Mad Man’s barbecue location inside the Lenexa Public Market, according to Feast. Smith was previously a wedding planner and her new spot, Butterfield’s Bakery & Market, sells creative milkshakes with house-made ice cream and sandwiches like a sourdough melt with bacon, blackberry jam, fresh jalapeño and Swiss cheese.