Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub & Restaurant (11900 Shawnee Mission Parkway) in Shawnee has closed just a week shy of its second anniversary. The Kansas City Star reported that it was a victim of the economy, although the pub's sister restaurant in Branson will remain open.
The Shawnee pub, named after the Irish nickname for a candle maker, opened in 2009 in the former Bandana's BBQ space in Ten Quivira Plaza. The location has been a bit of a revolving door for restaurants -- Smokehouse BBQ also flamed out on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Waxy O'Shea's had a mix of live music and regular beer tastings. The restaurant's bar was actually from Ireland, and owners Lee Sanford and Bob Ridenhour had a menu populated with standard Irish fare -- black and white puddings, Scotch eggs, and corned beef and cabbage.
Sanford and Ridenhour have a long history with Irish pubs in the Kansas City area. The duo started O'Dowd's on the Plaza, as well as W.J. McBride's in Overland Park. The pair sold W.J. McBride's (now closed) and opened the first Waxy O'Shea's in Branson, Missouri, back in 2006.
Waxy O'Shea's at 235 Branson Landing is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday