by Lindsey Moore
Husband-and-wife duo Tim and Ibby Griffin started the nearby restaurant J. Beans with the idea that family is the core of it all. Serving up a remix of familiar food, owner Griffin says J. Beans is laid-back, friendly and unique.
“We’re casual. This is a place where you can come by and get a bite to eat before or after school, or have a date,” Griffin said. “You can feel at home here because it’s comfortable.”
Waitress and bartender Jessica Swanson agreed.
“There’s a friendly atmosphere like you’re a part of a family,” Swanson said. [...]
by Rebecca McGee
J. Bean’s Gathering Place is the newest restaurant in New Longview, the shopping center at the corner of 3rd Street and View High Drive. J. Bean’s is located in the space vacated by the restaurant R.A. Long’s Sawmill, right next to Next Door Pizza. Owner Tim Griffin is no rookie. He’s been in food management for 17 years, and he owned a catering company also by the name of J. Bean’s. This new restaurant is family owned and serves a wide variety of all-American foods made from scratch.
Prices are student friendly, with nothing on the menu costing more than $16. J. Bean’s also offers MCC students and staff a 10 percent discount, and has specials every week, such as Mexi Monday, Educator Happy Hour, and a $7 lunch menu Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
by Mary McKeown
Johnny C makes diners at home on the first visit (Mary McKeown/The Current).
Options for lunch in the MCC-Business and Technology area are few and far between. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway and Taco Bell – safe, predictable options. But what if you want as much from life as you want from your education?
- By far, the best bet in the BTC area is Johnny C’s Deli & Pasta (7012 Universal Avenue), hiding from the Front Street traffic in an office park on Universal Ave., right behind McDonald’s. Johnny usually works the register and is the quintessential host: he is friendly and helpful and treats you like a regular, even on your first visit. [...]
by Brittany Boyd
(Marcus Sunde/The Current)
With spring almost in full bloom and summer and a break from school around the bend, Kansas City and surrounding areas have opened up new doors to these fresh cafes and restaurants.
Sweet Perfection Bakery, 1497 East 151 Street, Olathe, Kan.. Owner Sally Bennett has been baking for over 20 years. This bakery specializes in chocolates, blondie brownies, cupcakes, cookies, mini-desserts, pies, cakes, box lunches, lunch specials and more. Visit Sweet Perfection Bakery every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and get all-you-can eat waffles and biscuits and gravy for only $5. For more information visit http://www.sweetperfection4u.com or become a fan on their Facebook page.
Mingle Steakhouse, 209 Southeast Main Street in downtown Lee’s Summit. Siblings and owners John and Jessica Kurzweil use many products from their family’s business, Kurzweil’s Country Meats in Garden City, Mo. Mingle steakhouse is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and offers items such as specialty salads, salmon and Chicken Cordon Bleu. For more information, call 816-600-5570.
Crepes, 4 North Main Street, Liberty, Mo., in the historic Liberty Square. This restaurant offers crepes, paninni, soups, salad, coffee drinks and more. This restaurant also offers free Wifi. For more information call 816-792-3200.
Sugar Mamma’s, 4173 North Mulberry Drive, in Briarcliff Village. This restaurant sells homemade pastries, cupcakes, and cookies. They also offer biscuits and gravy for breakfast, and grilled Panini, povitica, soup, and pasta salad for lunch.
by Adam Conder
The first thing to be noticed when walking through the doors of Doozens is the strong aroma of coffee beans. Doozens was founded in 2007 by Susan Van Duesen, mother of five. She prides herself on the welcoming, family-like atmosphere that her coffee shop produces. [...]