Gianni's Italian Restaurant at 131st and State Line opened November 5.

New business roundup for November

New Business Roundup

By Kathy Feist

Gianni’s Italian Restaurant opened November 5 at 13135 State Line Rd., in the former Southern Kitchen space. The restaurant offers sit-down service with cloth covered tables as well as carryout. Pasta, chicken, seafood, and dessert are available. Restaurant owner Gianni Angus says all dishes are made fresh. “Nothing is pre-made,” he says.

Rendezvous Climbing Gym at 13124 State Line Rd in Leawood is planned to open in March. Climbing walls of all levels will occupy the 14,173 square foot space. It will join Bogey’s Windy City Pub, The Breakfast Spot, Anytime Fitness, St. Luke’s Community Hospital, and several others. 

Harbor Freight will move into the former PetCo space at 1210 W. 136th St. in Kansas City, across from Target.  Estimated opening is in December. Harbor Freight carries over 4000 products, primarily tools, including air compressors, generators, wrenches, drills, automotive tools. Their products are sourced directly from the manufacturer, providing quality tools at low prices. 

Real Deals Martin City opens November 9th in the former Art & Frame Warehouse at 1034 W 136 St. near Target. Grand opening specials run November 9 through the 11th. Real Deals is a national franchise that offers affordable home goods and women’s clothing. Prices range from $1.99 to $600, according to local owner Kim Jones. The store is open Wednesday through Sunday.  

Applebee’s in Grandview has been demolished to make way for Whataburger.

Whataburger will open in Grandview in the former Applebee’s restaurant at 12416 S. US Hwy 71 in the Truman Marketplace. Demolition of the old building is taking place now. Construction will follow with an expected opening date six months later. The franchise is owned by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The site plan for On the Go Travel Center proposed for 9520 Marion Park Dr. Rendering by Phelps Engineering.

On The Go Travel Center, a truck stop planned for Bannister Road and I-435, failed to get approval from the City Council at their October 26 meeting. A resolution to change the Hickman Mills Area Plan in order to accommodate rezoning for the seven-acre property received nays from all city councilmembers.  

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