Fans of Frida’s restaurant now have a choice: leisurely, full-service dining experience or a fast-paced approach for a quick bite on the run. Ivan Marquez, a founder of Frida’s Contemporary Mexican Cuisine restaurant in Overland Park, has added a sister restaurant company, a fast-casual operation just a few blocks away.
Frida’s Taqueria, in The Fountains at 6537 W. 119th St., Overland Park, offers fresh, quality ingredients but a limited menu of tacos, tamales, burritas, and empanadas using such ingredients as pork, chicken, beef, fish and vegetables without preservatives or nitrates.
Menu items include pork tacos with Yucatan sauce, beef burritas with tomato and jalapeno, and cheese and corn empanadas. Sides include chips and guacamole. Customers pick out toppings as they walk down the counter line, then pay and pick up their orders before dining in or taking them to go.
The operation is named after famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and a likeness of Kahlo hangs on the back wall of the space which is painted bright turquoise and a muted red. Mostly white mosaic tile covers the counter front.
“We’ve been open about a week and every day business has gotten better,” Marquez said. “People like the flavors and freshness and it is very, very affordable, under $10.”
The taqueria hopes to add delivery within a three-mile radius in a couple of weeks.
Marquez opened Frida’s in late 2009 in southern Johnson County. This summer he took on two minority partners, Vladimir Honc and employee Alfonso Fernandez, and moved the restaurant north a few blocks to the Southridge Retail Center, 7200 W. 121st St., just west of Metcalf Ave., doubling the size of the restaurant and bar in a prominent corner location at a main entrance.
** Do you know what is happening at 110th & Metcalf where they are tearing down KC Masterpiece/McDonald’s (and where they built the new McDonald’s?
The conversion of McDonald’s Plaza to The Met at 435 continues. McDonald’s, which has operated in this development at the northeast corner of 110th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park since 1985, has relocated about 200 feet closer to the corner in a new building with double drive-thru . A 20,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the McDonald’s and KC Masterpiece has been demolished.
Dwight Medbery, broker at Rubenstein Real Estate Co., said it was not economically feasible to renovate the building. A basement will be filled in, the land covered with dirt and grass until a ground lease or build to suit tenant/tenants are signed, possibly retailers or restaurants for the three acres remaining.
“We don’t know what we are going to do with it but the building needed to be torn down,” Medbery said.