As the New Year approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on the changes that have taken place in Johnson County in 2021, including all of the new restaurants.
Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most-read stories the Shawnee Mission Post and Blue Valley Post posted about new restaurants and venues this year.
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Summer moon coffee
Open: Saturday 23rd January
Known for: Wood-fired coffee beans roasted in oak, enriched with a characteristic sweet “moon milk” cream
Location: 9127 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park (formerly occupied by a Prime Sleep)
Funny quote: “I literally took a sip and thought, Dad, we have to open this in Kansas City.” – Kiersten Graham, co-owner
Read more: Mother-daughter team opens new café in Overland Park on Saturday
Ssongs hot dogs
Open: Thursday March 18th
Known for: Korean corn dogs
Location: 10308 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Funny quote: “At first our food concept might be completely different and may seem strange to the first customer, but we hope that after the first bite, customers realize that our products are essentially corn dogs on a completely different level.” – Josh Lim, Chief Executive officer
Read more: Ssong’s hot dog chain brings Korean street food to Overland Park
The golden ball
Open: Wednesday April 14th
Known for: Funny ice cream flavors, including a strawberry ice cream with local jam
Location: 9540 Nall Avenue, Overland Park
Funny quote: “We have had so many local vendors donating time, talent, resources and manpower. We have had several companies looking for potential partnerships and, of course, support. Everyone is passionate about The Golden Scoop. ”- Michelle Reeves, co-owner
Read more: The Golden Scoop, Overland Park ice cream parlor that deals with adults with developmental disabilities, opens Wednesday
Open: Friday 4th June
Known for: Handcrafted drinks, takeaway meals and live entertainment
Location: 1815 W. 39th St., Kansas City (along the busy corridor near the KU Medical Center)
Funny quote: “Not just ours [young] Children help create the menu, they inspired the concept. ”- Maggie Zahner, co-owner
Read more: Prairie Village Couple Opens OurHouseKC on 39th Street, complete with a cafe and rooftop terrace
Taqueria La Nueva
Open: Early March
Known for: Authentic Mexican street food, tacos and burritos
Location: 12561 Antioch Road, Overland Park
Funny quote: “It’s real authentic Mexican food from the city we come from in the Jalisco highlands, which is near Guadalajara.” – Julia Lozano, co-owner
Read more: Taqueria La Nueva, which started out as a food truck, brings “authentic” Mexican menu to Overland Park
Bakery with three bears & BBQ
Open: Spring 2021
Known for: Keto-friendly low-carb baked goods and BBQ classics
Location: 13723 W. 108th St., Lenexa (tucked away between the warehouses and trading centers south of I-435)
Funny quote: “I’m doing exactly what I wanted to be in third grade: the boss. I think we’re both still shocked when we walk in every day and say, ‘Wait, we did this. And we still do. ‘”- Natalie Olds, co-owner
Taco Naco KC
Read more: Three Bears Bakery & BBQ in Lenexa serves low carb food inspired by the owners’ weight loss
Open: Saturday September 25th
Known for: Ready meals to warm up
Location: 4113 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village (next to the Scissors and Scotch Barbershop)
Funny quote: “The quality of the food has always been the most important thing for us, that and the customer experience. For us it was the biggest thing – and the feedback so far has been great. ”- Braden Posey, co-owner
Read more: KITCH, a Meal Preparation Company, Opens in the Corinth Quarter of Prairie Village
Open: Monday 4th October
Known for: Hummus and falafel, Palestinian cuisine
Location: 10150 W. 119th St., Overland Park (just off Highway 69)
Funny quote: “The moment you walk into the shop, you’re part of the family, that’s how we do it here.” Meshal Fadous, Managing Director
Read more: Sahara Mediterranean Food crosses the state line and serves traditional Palestinian cuisine at the new location in Overland Park
Amir Mediterranean Grill & Bakery
Open: Early fall
Known for: Gyros and kebabs, Mediterranean food
Location: 8216 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Website: Not available
Funny quote: “We’re not really here to make money.” – Adam Kayyali, co-owner
Read more: Amir Mediterranean, a restaurant that started in Mission, is returning near downtown Overland Park
New fast food chains
Not only did locally owned restaurants cause a sensation in Johnson County this year, several fast food chains were all the rage.
Hawaiian Bros, a Hawaiian grocery chain based in Belton, Missouri, has opened several locations in the area since early 2021, from the first day it opened.
Plus, we couldn’t finish a look back at new restaurants of 2021 without mentioning Whataburger.
The San Antonio-based burger chain hasn’t opened any official branches in Johnson County yet, but the company (famously backed by Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City’s chief quarterback) made a splash when it opened its first metro franchise in Lee’s Summit opened on Miles in November – long lines of cars and record-breaking sales.
Click here to see when Whataburger will officially open in the area.