Ink Food & Drink

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom opening in Independence, closing in Overland Park

Old Chicago plans a mid-to-late October opening at 4661 S. Cochise Court in Independence. Its Overland Park location at 11721 Metcalf Ave. is scheduled to close on Oct. 7.

Five essential gourmet burgers in the Kansas City area

You don’t always want an upscale burger, but when you do these five beef-on-bun masterpieces in Kansas City and Lawrence will not disappoint.

Q39’s bar manager talks barbecue, Bloody Marys, Paris of the Plains festival

Jenn Tosatto is a very busy bartender. Between working on her first cocktail menu for Q39, she’s planning to participate in several events at this weekend’s Paris of the Plains cocktail festival.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opens in Belton

The Wichita-based Freddy’s serves lean ground beer steakburgers, Vienna beef hot dogs, shoestring fries and frozen custard desserts. The company has 210 restaurants in 30 states.

Chipotle’s Kansas, Missouri happy hour specials offer half-price, BOGO drinks

After a late 2015 foodborne illness crisis, Chipotle has been wooing back customers with free food, a new loyalty program , new menu items and now happy hours specials.

More Crushed Red pizza, salads for KC; Buffalo Wings & Rings seeks KC franchisees

A Crushed Red franchisee is opening an Overland Park location later this year. Now a new area franchisee plans at least 20 unites in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and northern Texas. Buffalo Wings & Rings is opening a Wichita restaurant and is eying the Kansas City market.

Neighborhood Cafe plans opening in Waldo, with weekend all-you-can-eat specials

The breakfast/lunch/dinner operation is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Aug. 25 at 7531 Wornall Road, next to Lew’s Grill and Bar. It will serve breakfast all day, offer handmade shakes and its famous cinnamon rolls, along with weekend specials like Sunday fried chicken. It also will be open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

J. Rieger is launching a new coffee-flavored liqueur, Caffé Amaro

J. Rieger & Co.’s is introducing its new product, Caffé Amaro, which brings together coffee and amaro in a single bottle. “I can’t believe no one’s done this before,” says Nathan Perry, J. Rieger’s head distiller.

Welcome Cirque du Sucre, an ice cream and sweets food truck by Natasha Goellner

Pastry chef Natasha Goellner creates a circus-themed food truck that can vend her various lines of dessert year-round. Her truck Cirque du Sucre will carry items from Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott, Splits & Scoops and Bokkie Sjokolade. Save the date to check out Goellner’s creations at The Star’s Food Truck Friday in November.

Journeyman Cafe in West Plaza works a short but strong menu

Journeyman Cafe is a neighborhood bar and cafe with a relaxed vibe The bar menu offers a huge array of house-bottled cocktails, highballs, wines, whiskeys and beers The food menu is brief in comparison, with portions that are slightly larger than small plates

Ohio-based Dewey’s Pizza opens Overland Park location

The full-service, upscale gourmet pizza restaurant opened Monday in Ranch Mart South, 3615 W. 95th St., Overland Park. It offers specialty and build-your-own pizzas, entree salads and desserts by local bakers.

A Belgian pale ale seduced Kellen Duryea

Kellen Duryea fell in love with beer when he tasted a rare Belgian pale ale in college. Now the 32-year-old history nerd is putting his passion to work as general manager of Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, one of Kansas City’s most brew-centric bars.

Tweak, taste, think: How to make a cocktail your own

The birth of a signature cocktail starts with mastering a classic cocktail, then tweaking the ingredients one by one, say pros in Part 7 of The Star’s The Cocktail Deconstructed series. PopFest, Aug. 26-29, is a great way to sample drinks and get advice from reigning cocktail champs.

Girl Scouts unveil new s’mores-inspired cookies

Move over (ever-so-slightly), Thin Mints. There’s a new Girl Scout cookie flavor in town. Here’s your clue to the inspiration: Marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens third Northland restaurant

Dickey’s opened Thursday in the new Shops at Antioch & Vivion, 2510 N.E. Vivion Road. It also has locations in Independence, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, and Kansas City, North.

Cacao in Prairie Village explores the flavors of Mexico

“Cacao’s flavors are found in the states of Oaxaco and Yucatan; Guadalajara, the capital and largest city of the state of Jalisco; and the country’s southern, Gulf and Pacific areas,” says seasoned restaurateur Ivan Marquez.

Ice cream floats grow up with an alcoholic kick of beer or hard soda

Several Kansas City businesses are pairing beers and hard sodas with gelato, ice cream and custard to create the coolest frozen treat for the summer. Local cookbook author Jonathan Bender shares his recipes for a beer syrup and beer shake so you can make your own beer float.

Leawood Hen House Market reopens after remodeling, expansion

The store, 11721 Roe Ave., features an expanded prepared food area with such new items as pho, banh mi, waffles, dry-aged steaks, more kosher items and seafood, and the first Hallmark flowers display. It is the top Hen House in sales volume. Pink Antlers Studio opening next week in Leawood and C. Frog’s BBQ Steak Whiskey opens next week in Prairie Village.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse names 23-year-old native Kansan as executive chef

Taylor Fluevog says she will work hard to be creative and connect well with her customers and staff.

Crown Point Tavern gastropub opening in the Northland; Slim Chickens coming to Lenexa

Two brothers will open a gastropub near Antioch Crossing next Friday. A former Lenexa Shell gas station site has been sold to Slim Chickens.