Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blue Moose Mountain Grill has closed in Leawood

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

The blue moose has left Leawood.
  • The blue moose has left Leawood.

After three years of hanging over the bar, the blue moose has vamoosed. KC Hopps closed the Blue Moose Mountain Grill (5317 W. 151st St.) in Leawood last Sunday.

The local restaurant group will continue to operate the Blue Moose Bar & Grill locations at 4160 West 71st Street in Prairie Village and 9100 West 135th Street in Overland Park.

"The model was not working at 151st, and we're thankful that we do have

the 135th store to cater to the people of south Johnson County," KC

Hopps CEO Chris Sutton said of the decision to close the Leawood location.

The Overland Park restaurant opened last June -- in the former Trolley's Downtown Bar and Grill -- and KC Hopps intended to continue operating all three restaurants. The Leawood property was the smallest, although a well-appointed patio expanded the square footage in the summer months. Sutton repeatedly made it a point to explain that the newest location was never meant to replace the Blue Moose Mountain Grill. Still, he hopes that fans of the Blue Moose will frequent the newer restaurant in Overland Park.

"We liked the intimacy and catering to that part of Kansas City," Sutton said. "We'll still have the same great service and food."

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