JJ’s Restaurant is finally back up and running, opening its doors after more than a year of rebuilding.
The restaurant returns to the Country Club Plaza with a new spot in the Polsinelli Building after the original location was destroyed in a natural gas explosion February of last year.
“The support from the community during all the trials and tribulations and rebuilding has been amazing, and I am so proud to call Kansas City home,” says operator Jimmy Frantze.
The reopening began with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Sly James, and the restaurant is now open at 11 a.m. for lunch with happy hour from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and offering dinner service every night.
The dinner menu remains the same, while the lunch menu now features a mix of steaks along with quicker, lighter dishes, such as a Cuban sandwich and a Texas wild boar ragu over fettuccine, according to the new executive chef, T.J. Stack, a longtime chef at the Savoy Grill.
The decor is similarly focused on offering the familiar, with arched doorways, terra cotta walls and artwork from Mike Savage making guests feel like they’re in the JJ’s Restaurant they know and love.
“JJ’s will evolve, as all living things evolve, gradually over time,” Frantze says. “But it remains JJ’s, the place, the feel, the family we all love. We’re back.”