Steve Kerner named his Leawood shop in honor of his late father, a “true deli connoisseur” and partner in a couple of Chicago delis. Kerner said he grew up eating lox plates in the morning and towering corned beef sandwiches for lunch, while watching his father, Marv Kerner, hold court at one of the delis, discussing the latest sports news.
Now Kerner hopes to create that same atmosphere at his Marv’s Original Delicatessen. The daily breakfast-lunch-dinner restaurant opened in late June at 11554 Ash St., in the former home of Café Roux.
“It will be a place for people to hang out, where they know people and feel comfortable getting up and talking to their friends, being loud if they want and getting some comfort food,” said Kerner, a partner in Marv’s. Marv’s walls are lined with Kerner family photos — his father in a deli and bare-chested fishing on a boat, as well as shots of butcher shops and other related businesses Kerner found on the Internet. One of Kerner’s bar mitzvah photos also hangs in the men’s restroom.
Menu items include potato pancakes, cheese blintzes, crispy chicken livers, stuffed avocado salad, Chicago hot dogs, hamburgers, and deli sandwiches such fried bologna, reubens, tuna melts, meatloaf and barbecue brisket. Sandwich prices run from about $7 to $11 and include a side dish.
Dinner entrees, served after 4 p.m., include slow roasted chicken, grilled pepper steak, and open faced turkey on challah bread.
For now it has a counter service breakfast selling such items as bagels, lox plates and yogurt parfaits. In about a month, Marv’s will introduce a full-service breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
“Corned beef and pasta have been leading the way, then brisket and fresh roasted turkey. And people are ordering matzo ball soup, even in this heat,” Kerner said. “Customers are saying (Marv’s) is serving a void in the market — foods they grew up with and miss and can’t get in Kansas City.”
Kerner also was a founding partner of the Ingredient restaurants but sold his interest in those locations.
Say ‘La Vie’
Camille La Vie plans an early August opening in Oak Park Mall.
The Group USA Inc. restaurant theme offers special occasion apparel and accessories at “affordable” prices for proms, weddings, cocktails and other events.
“It is a one-stop shop for formal and semi-formal dressing,” said Greg Gatton, spokesman for Group USA.
Group USA, based in Secaucus, N.J., has 15 locations under the Group USA name in discount malls, and eight Camille La Vie stores in regional malls.
Group USA plans to close its Group USA store in the Great Mall in mid-August.
Freebirds World Burrito plans to open July 12 in Mission Crossing, 6029 Metcalf Ave., Mission. It will be the first area location for the chain and for its new area franchisee. It will have a soft opening as a fundraiser for area charities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Customers who donate a minimum of $5 get an entrée and non-alcoholic drink.
Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que is now going through the Overland Park Planning Commission in its bid to open in the former Piccadilly Cafeteria building at 11741 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Equip-bid Auctions plans to auction off Piccadilly equipment, furniture and décor items on July 17.
Pickleman’s Gourmet Café is hoping to open around July 13 at 7224 W. 135th St., Overland Park, in the former Latteland Espresso & Tea building.