Lenexa Public Market will have a mix of long-term, short-term and pop-up tenants. It has outdoor seating with two fire pits. Joyce Smith | jsmith@kcstar.com

Lenexa Public Market launches with liquid nitrogen ice cream, man cave art & more

Lenexa Public Market will feature established and new local businesses. Joyce Smith | jsmith@kcstar.com

The food hall trend has been spreading throughout the country and now it’s come to the metro.

The concept allows entrepreneurs to open new operations with lower overhead while consumers can conveniently visit several operations under one roof in a fun marketplace atmosphere.

Lenexa Public Market at 87th Street Parkway and Penrose Lane, just west of Interstate 435, officially opens with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting Sept. 1. The 11,000-square-foot indoor public marketplace is on the lower levels of a 70,000-square-foot building housing Lenexa’s new city hall. About 85 percent of the market will be devoted to food, beverages and restaurants, with other merchants offering handcrafted products.


The Roasterie Cafe had a surprise soft opening on Aug 25, surprising Lenexa Public Market officials. It offers its full menu of signature drinks, including coffee and espresso drinks, tea, Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew in cans and on tap, as well as locally baked pastries and grab-and-go-snacks.

It also has a limited collection of Roasterie brewing equipment, merchandise and whole beans. The Lenexa City Center Roasterie Blend will be served, and the beans are available to buy for take-home brewing.

Several other merchants are opening Sept. 1 with others opening later. It will eventually have about 15 merchants — a mix of pop-up, short-term and long-term tenants.

Merchants scheduled to open Sept. 1 are:

▪ Delyetful Soaps and Body Care Products, variety of handcrafted products for all ages including soaps, lotions, body butters and bath fizzies.

▪ Good Earth Floral Design Studio is partnering with the Lenexa Public Market in a space offering fresh flowers and other gift items.

▪ Foo’s Fabulous Café, frozen custard, fruit slurries and Christopher Elbow Chocolates.

▪ Frannie Franks Coffee Cakes, specialty coffee cake.

▪ Mad Man’s NitroCream, handcrafted, made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream in four flavors, from the owner of Mad Man’s KC BBQ.

▪ Serene’s Bakery, made-from-scratch desserts, using high-quality ingredients.

▪ Thirty-Six, handmade wood artwork, hand-carved glassware and engraved travertine stone coasters, described as “man cave art your wife will approve.”

▪ Topp’d Pizza + Salads, signature and custom-made pizzas using locally sourced and fresh ingredients, along with fresh salads and grinder sub sandwiches, a selection of small plates and appetizers. All dough, sauces, toppings and dressings are made from scratch and the pizzas are baked in just a few minutes.

▪ We Got Your Back Apparel, “super-soft” apparel.

Opening Sept. 5:

▪ Red Kitchen Tamales will be a pop-up restaurant in The Kitchen area offering house-made tamales on Tuesdays during September.

Coming soon:

▪ Chewology {Gyoza Bar & Kushiyaki} will offer Japanese gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), grilled skewer appetizers, specialty East Asian dough-based dishes and drinks. An early October opening is scheduled.

Lenexa’s new “downtown” was first conceived in 1997 as part of Lenexa’s community-driven strategic plan, Vision 2020. On about 200 acres surrounding 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard, it was designed to combine “ walkability, density, sustainability and community.” The commercial and residential hub will encompass nearly 3 million feet of space at build-out.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC


Lenexa Public Market launches with liquid nitrogen ice cream, man cave art & more