Kansas Citians craving a lunch-hour bite of Mexican food from Barbosa’s don’t have to wait any longer. The well-known Mexican restaurant (with two locations in St. Joseph) has opened a new family franchise, Barbosa’s Express, at 1124 Oak. The St. Jo institution is known for its tacos, made with flour tortillas instead of the traditional yellow corn. Barbosa’s Express is open 10:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Wing Busters, next door at 1128 Oak, also serves lunch but opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast. First meals at this new wing shop mean egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos and omelets. Lunch features chicken and fish sliders, picnic sides (potato salad, okra, red beans and rice) and wings with more than 30 sauces. It’s open 7 a.m.—4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Clark’s American Caribbean Restaurant opened in the former Café Tandoor space (3623 Broadway) in August. The menu, created by brothers Jeff and Robert Clark (who own the restaurant with their father, Granville Clark), is a mix of soul food and Caribbean dishes.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries has put up another outpost. This one is at 3930 Rainbow Boulevard, and it’s open 11 a.m.—10 p.m. daily.
Milk & Honey, a new bakery from Karina Parreno and Casey Conner, now sells French macarons at the Roasterie Café in Brookside (and takes catering orders). The duo met while helping launch Bloom Bakery in the City Market and already have a customer favorite in the salted caramel.
Twisted Doughnut (14383 Metcalf, Overland Park) will put just about anything on a doughnut. For example: maple bacon, gummy bears and even Lucky Charms. The doughnut shop is the latest idea from Jeff and Brandi Martin, who are behind the Smallcakes cupcakery. Twisted Doughnut is open 6 a.m.—midnight Tuesday through Sunday.
The pit at Suzie Q’s Smokehouse has gone dormant. The barbecue restaurant in the former Tommy’s Bar & Grill at 6221 North Chestnut in Gladstone has closed after five months of operation. Pitmaster David Russell used a mixture of his own recipes, culled on the barbecue circuit, and those of his grandfather, Jim Ramey. The varied menu featured smoked wings and Cajun sausage.
The Pinoy Café closed before it ever opened. Theresa Spencer had plans for a Filipino restaurant in the former Grille on Broadway space, but the lease was terminated.
Meanwhile, the restaurant shuffle continues at Mission Farms. Less than a month after Lakeside Tavern closed in the Leawood development (Bluestem’s Colby and Megan Garrelts are opening Rye in the space this fall), Avenues Bistro shut its doors there in August. But the spot at 10681 Mission won’t remain empty for long. Tavern in the Village plans to open a second location there in September.
After 10 months of operation, Tamale Wizard (527 Walnut) closed in the River Market in July. Owner Bruce Swabb, who ran the shop with his partner and son, Charlie, grew his business from a cart selling tacos and tamales at farmers markets and First Fridays.
Still to Come
Messy’s, the former wing shop on Broadway, reopens in the West Bottoms this month, with plans for late-night delivery to downtown and midtown. Owner Titus Bond is busy rehabbing the former Woodswether Café (1230 Woodswether Road), where he says he’ll serve pizzas, burgers and fried mushrooms. But the easy highway access for deliveries until 4 a.m. is why he’s bringing his act to the West Bottoms.
The success of the first Parisi Café — a coffeehouse serving locally roasted Parisi coffees, and also offering sodas, fancy teas and a limited food menu — has inspired the coffee company’s owners, Paris Brothers Specialty Foods, to lease space in Leawood’s Park Place. The new coffeehouse, set to be almost twice the size of the Union Station venue, is seeking a liquor license, in order to serve wine and coffee liqueur. The new Parisi Café is tentatively scheduled to open in late November.