Fat City finally has an answer for the readers who have been bombarding me with the same question for the last couple of weeks, including today's e-mail from Chris Whitmore: "What's going on with the Snak Shack in downtown Overland Park? It's been closed for a month now. Do you know if it will be reopening?"
Yes, as it turns out. According to Robin Fish, the executive director of the Downtown Overland Park Partnership Inc., the organic burger shop at 8039 Santa Fe Drive has a new tenant, Rayna Andrew, who plans to reopen the restaurant next week. "We had hoped to be open on Monday," says Andrews, who will operate the Snak Shack with her husband, Matt Tolle. "But it looks like we'll do a soft opening on Tuesday and be officially open for business on Wednesday."
Andrews fell in love with the Snak Shack after eating there with her husband last year — her mother, Theresa Andrews, operates the new thrift shop down the street. Rayna says she isn't sure why the previous owner closed the small restaurant ("It's all kind of a mystery"), but she's hoping that the regulars return to the venue after Tuesday's opening. Andrews will keep the same menu, featuring freshly ground organic beef from Bichelmeyer Meats in Kansas City, Kansas — and hot dogs, shakes, fries and onion rings.
The Snak Shack will serve Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.