Reservations are still available for Mother's Day brunch on Sunday at the five-day-old 119th Street Diner in Olathe. Fat City first reported on this venue in March, when Scott Buescher, vice president of development at Price Brothers real estate, told us that the short-lived Domo Japanese restaurant and grill was out and that executive chef and co-owner Pat Legler and manager Eric Parrinello were going to oversee a new concept in the space: a modern diner with a full bar, traditional diner food and moderate prices.
There's been a new addition to the kitchen crew since that first story: chef Eric Argie -- formerly of Cafe Trio and Figlio -- has joined the staff. This is a diner with some serious cooks in the kitchen.
Chasen's restaurant (1936-1995) in Los Angeles: roasted shrimp cocktail, chili, a great hamburger, Kansas City strip and roast chicken. If only it also had the celebrities who used to flock to the original Chasen's. Even local celebrities. I mean, I would have been dazzled to see Rochelle from the Carpet Corner commercials in the next booth munching a vegetarian wrap.
It's a pretty dining room wrapped around a bar -- one of the few features left over from Domo -- with walls in bright pastel colors, blond woodwork, and a couple of small private dining rooms. The 97-seat dining area has lots of natural light and a musical soundtrack -- at least on the night I was there -- of crooner standards from the 1950s and 60s. Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Dean Martin.