By Max Goodwin
Simply Grand Kitchen and Creamery opened on 504 Main Street in Grandview on August 26, first to family and friends and then to the public.
Zach Taylor, 31, who has worked for the last nine years as the facility manager at Mac N Seitz, was behind the counter scooping ice cream on a recent afternoon. He is part owner of Simply Grand, along with his aunt Mary Kay Bader and his mother Laurie Taylor.
“Everything is made fresh from scratch. We don’t have any mixes,” Zach said. “It’s all small batch ice cream, we make them a gallon and a half at a time.”
They serve a variety of homemade ice cream flavors and shakes. Even the simple treats, like the strawberry ice cream, are delicious. But if you want something more built up for a treat you can post to social media, there’s the Grand Shakes.
Take the Cookie Craze. It is a cookies and cream shake topped with a homemade chocolate chip cookie, crushed Oreos, cookie dough, and whipped cream. Or the Gigantic Galaxy, a vanilla shake topped with a cupcake, Airheads, Tootsie rolls, sprinkles, and whipped cream.
For those who might be overwhelmed with the sweetness, there’s still something to look forward to at Simply Grand Kitchen and Creamery. Mary Kay Bader, Taylor’s aunt, is an award-winning chef in Belize at the Maya Beach Hotel and Restaurant. She will be moving back to the Kansas City area and opening the kitchen at Simply Grand in a couple of months.
It will be a cafe-style counter where orders are called out when ready. Bader specializes in creating farm-to-table dishes and will look to establish connections with area farms and farmer’s markets as the family plans the future of the business.
Simply Grand Kitchen and Creamery is at Fifth and Main Street, between Last Exit Coffee and Lueck’s Barbecue and General Store. Their hours are 3 pm to 8 pm Monday to Thursday and noon to 8 pm Friday to Sunday.