Julian restaurant closed at 6227 Brookside Plaza in early July. File photo |

Robert Redford’s Sundance opening in Leawood, Mexican restaurant coming to Brookside

Sundance, a premier lifestyle retailer, plans a November opening in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza.

The chain sells women’s and men’s apparel, footwear, jewelry, accessories, art and home decor.

In a statement, Matey Erdos, president and CEO, said: “Sundance offers our customers a unique experience, one not commonly found elsewhere. For us, it is a privilege to curate distinctive and artisanal collections, many pieces of which are exclusive to Sundance. Leawood Town Center Plaza’s commitment to provide a distinctive experience, both in shopping and in culture, allows Sundance a unique opportunity to bring this heritage and lifestyle to our loyal customers in the Kansas City area.”

Town Center Plaza officials would not confirm the Sundance lease at 4868 W. 119th St. However, Sundance is going through Leawood planning for that address.

The Limited had previously occupied the space but closed earlier this year. J.Jill is operating there temporarily while it remodels its permanent location at 4816 W. 119th St. It plans to open there July 27.

Actor and director Robert Redford founded the Sundance Catalog in 1989 to promote the works of artists and craftspeople in the U.S. and around the world. It started as a small operation run out of the attic of the old Sundance Village firehouse. Now, the Salt Lake City-based company has eight retail locations, a catalog and website. Two more stores are scheduled to open in October in California and Georgia.

Redford also is an advocate for independent filmmaking. He founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1985.

Mexican restaurant for Julian space

Brookside Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar is planning a fall opening.

It is taking the former Julian building at 6227 Brookside Plaza. The 2,000-square-foot building (once a neighborhood service station) will be remodeled for a “playfully edgy Mexican restaurant serving traditional and specialty tacos.” It also will have Mexican appetizers and entrees for lunch and dinner, along with weekend brunch.

Owner Chris Ridler declined to comment. He also owns Sol Cantina on Martini Corner and Zócalo on the Country Club Plaza. Zócalo has recently been in the news for health code violations.

After nearly eight years of operations, Julian recently closed when owner and chef Celina Tio decided not to renew her lease.

“It’s a great location. I’ve had the support of neighbors and non-neighbors alike, some of the same customers as when I first opened, and I still get new ones,” Tio said before the closing.

She will continue to concentrate on her other businesses, The Belfry, a restaurant and bar in a Crossroads building that she also owns, as well as her consulting business.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

Robert Redford’s Sundance opening in Leawood, Mexican restaurant coming to Brookside