The Glynn family would often travel Mission Road in south Johnson County near their home. They ate at Mission Farms restaurants like Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings, Blanc Burgers + Bottles, and Room 39. And they watched fireworks on the Fourth of July from a field across the street from Mission Farms. So when a “for lease” sign went up on that field as a new mixed used residential and retail complex was being built, they set it as the site for their second Pizza Bella location.
The wood-fired gourmet pizza place opened late last week at 4000 Indian Creek Parkway, just west of Mission Road at 106th Street.
Quillan Glynn was a chef at the original Pizza Bella when it opened in the Crossroads Arts District in mid-2007. Nearly three years later, he purchased the operation at 1810 Baltimore Ave. with his wife, Hilary, and Hilary’s parents, Tom and Shari Boles.
Business has been so good they decided to expand and the Mission Farms location offered easy access from suburbs on the Kansas and Missouri side since it is near Interstate 435, the couple said.
The restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas like the Margherita (tomato, garlic, fresh mozzarella and basil), the Biangoverde (fresh mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and arugula, and the potato (fingerling potato, gorgonzola, radicchio and balsamic). It also serves starters like wood-fired mussels and desserts like tiramisu and gelato.
“The Crossroads location is a little smaller, a little bit more urban cool. The one out south has a little bit more sophistication,” said Hilary Glynn.
Pizza Bella is in a prime corner spot on the first floor of the Village at Mission Farms complex, which has 212 apartments with “condo grade” finishes. The apartment complex, which opened in December, is 85 percent occupied and is expected to be full by the end of next month.
“Mission Farms is going to continue to grow with more retailers and restaurants,” Hilary Glynn said. “It will be like a Brookside, it will be a lot more walkable and I feel good about getting in on the ground floor. Local business owners and families and we’re in the middle of it.”
- Sung Son closed his namesake Westport restaurant, Sung Son Vietnamese Bistro, in mid-December after sales had dipped the last couple of years.
“I miss that place a lot. We had a lot of loyal customers who came over the 10 years,” he said.
But he’s relocated to Shawnee, to a space with lower overhead. He hopes customers will follow him there.
His new Sang Sang Asian Express, 10904 W. 75th, offers many of the same menu items as the Westport restaurant but at lower prices. Customers can dine-in and it also has a drive-through.
- Adrian’s Cafe has returned to its roots in the Shannon Valley Shopping Center in Overland Park.
Guy Morris purchased Adrian’s Cafe in 1992, but he didn’t have enough money left over to change the sign so he kept the name. Still, the operation became so successful that Morris expanded with a Lenexa location in 1995. In late 2008, he relocated the Shannon Valley restaurant to what he considered was a better location in Corporate Woods.
But the lack of parking became a problem, he said. So he closed the Corporate Woods location at the end of 2012 and moved back up the hill, reopening in his former spot in Shannon Valley, 11120 Antioch Road, last week. Larry’s Giant Subs space had operated in the spot.
“I didn’t know what I had until I left it,” Morris said.
Adrian’s Café sells sandwiches from BLTs to low-fat chicken salad, entrée salads like Cajun chicken pasta, daily soups made in-house and chili in colder weather.