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Ocean Prime Enters KC Market at 46Penn Centre

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The Country Club Plaza‘s newest 14-story office tower development, 46Penn Centre, has hooked its latest tenant. Ocean Prime + Prime Social Rooftop will open this fall in the area’s most popular shopping and dining district. The 8,500 SF restaurant space includes three private dining rooms and a peninsula bar with an extensive menu, including prime steaks, chops, chicken and seafood. Prime Social, the only rooftop venue in Kansas City with views of the Country Club Plaza and Kansas City Metro, will offer weather-proof outdoor dining and a fire pit area on the 5,500 SF lounge. Prime Social will also be available to reserve for private parties and events. Ocean Prime and Prime Social are both new to the Kansas City Market and will bring a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy a meal and/or a cocktail with unmatched views of the city.

Ocean Prime is known to be the ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge. The award-winning restaurant has over 15 locations across the nation. A few of its nearly 20 accolades include Travel and Leisure’s “100 Best Restaurants Worth Splurging On,” Open Table’s “100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out,” CNBC’s “10 Restaurant Brands to Watch,” and the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.”

Ocean Prime + Prime Social Rooftop is one of many concepts Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, LLC (CMR) owns. CMR was formed in 1998 from the consolidation of six then-existing restaurant limited partnerships for the purpose of developing, owning and operating additional restaurants. It currently operates 36 restaurants in 23 states and the District of Columbia, with more in anticipation throughout the next years. CMR strives to exceed the guest’s expectations on every plate, at every table, at every meal, at every restaurant, in every city and state, and to do it time after time.

46Penn is excited to have landed both the Ocean Prime and Prime Social concepts, and CMR is looking forward to its first entry into the Kansas City Market. AREA Real Estate Advisors was happy to assist Block Real Estate Services and the owners of 46Penn Centre with this high quality, high energy “prime” deal!

Nekter Joins South Plaza- 4800Main

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Nekter Juice Bar will open this summer in South Plaza! The juice bar will take 1,850 square feet (the former Eat Fit Go space) at 4800 Main Street in Kansas City.

Founded in Southern California in 2010, Nekter is quickly becoming one of the restaurant industry’s most successful emerging brands today.  With nearly 100 restaurants across the United States, they make drinking green juice an easy, but important part of your day! This will be Nekter’s second location in the KC Metro, with a current location in Hawthorne Plaza at 119th & Roe in Overland Park.

The restaurant has entirely transformed the juice bar experience by offering total ingredient transparency, eliminating unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients, and artificial flavors from its entire menu.  The menu is simple – six fresh juices, seven smoothies and five acai bowls along with a few healthy snacks!

Nekter will join Power Life Yoga, Stock Hill, Nail Society, Duck & Roll and Banksia (opening soon). For leasing on the one remaining retail space at 4800Main, click here or contact Tiffany Ruzicka.

Banksia Announces Second Location & New Restaurant in the Board of Trade Building

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Banksia Owners announce second location in the South Plaza Area and New Restaurant in the Board of Trade Building

Banksia Holdings, LLC. announced  the signing of two leases today in the Board of Trade Building at 4800 Main St, to result in two new South Plaza restaurants, Banksia and Duck & Roll.

Banksia is an Australian Bakehouse and Café known for its unique breakfast and lunch menu, as well as baked goods and pastries. The original location was established in 2018 and is located at 105 W 9th Street, in the historic Crosby Hotel, and has received national acclaim and was recently featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in August 2019.

Banksia is expected to open in early 2020, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. In addition, the new location will launch a dinner menu based on the share-plate concept that was successfully tested in their downtown location. Banksia also expects to have a full liquor license with bar seating. The 2,300 sq ft space is expected to hold approximately 80-90 people.

“Banksia was borne out of a passion for bringing Australian influenced food from the amazing café scene of our home country and has quickly become a huge hit with Kansas Citians. In fact, it has become so popular that we quickly realized we needed a second location to cater to our burgeoning customer base and felt that the South Plaza area was ideal for our first expansion,” said Robert Joseph, Banksia founder, and CEO.

Duck & Roll will be located next door in a 2,500 sq ft space and will be open for Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week. The restaurant will seat around 50 people at the restaurant and will also have a strong focus on carry-out and delivery. 

“We are excited to announce the opening of Duck & Roll serving Chinese BBQ, Dumplings, and a Wok & Noodle Bar. We expect to be open before Christmas and can’t wait for people to try our tasty Cantonese menu, including Peking Duck, Char Siu Pork, and an array of steamed dumplings, noodles, and fried rice dishes,” said Joseph.

Joseph, along with business partner and spouse Kate Joseph, and business partner Erika Vikors, are all from Australia originally and were instrumental in the development, expansion, of Banksia, and launch of Duck and Roll, as were AREA Real Estate Advisors who served as a broker and now landlord in the contract.

“Duck and Roll is bringing a popular cuisine from larger markets such as Sydney and San Francisco to Kansas City and we could not be more excited to add that to the South Plaza line-up,” said Tiffany Ruzicka, vice president at AREA Real Estate Advisors. “Banksia is a downtown destination and their Australian inspired concept and cuisine is a perfect fit for the south plaza restaurant row of unique, locally owned establishments.”

To download the Board of Trade marketing package, please click here. For further details of this transaction, please contact Tiffany Ruzicka.

Coming south of the Plaza: Australian restaurant, Chinese BBQ-dumplings-noodles concept via The Kansas City Star

46Penn Centre

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46Penn Centre, the newest high-rise development on the Country Club Plaza, is set to open in July 2020.  The 14-story, 220,000 +/-  SF mixed-use building is currently under construction.  It is set to be constructed with only 4 columns on 1.17 acres of land, making for maximum space plan efficiency.  The building will offer state-of-the-art, world class amenities including 11,000 +/- SF of restaurant spaces below the 209,000 +/- SF of office space.  One restaurant (3,100 SF) will be located on the lobby level, while the second (7,000+ SF) will be located on the ground floor level. The ground floor will be above the lobby floor, but also accessible from the street.  Each of the spaces overlook the Country Club Plaza with access to the covered parking garages. AREA’s Andy Epstein is leading the charge in the leasing of the restaurant spaces.

The Country Club Plaza’s popularity and reputation is one that is recognized throughout the country.  The 15-block shopping district has over 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, making it Kansas City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destinations.  This new development, located at 46th and Pennsylvania, is hands down the best remaining redevelopment site on the Plaza.   Stay tuned for more updates to come!

For further information, click here for the marketing package or contact Andy Epstein.

AREA Restaurant Openings

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AREA is honored to have been a part of some exciting restaurants around the city that are opening in the next couple of months.


Rye Leawood will be opening their second location, Rye Plaza, on The Country Club Plaza later this Fall. Award winning Chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts will open to the public sometime after Thanksgiving.  They will stair step their service with dinner first for a couple of weeks, then dinner and lunch for a couple weeks, and eventually serving breakfast as well.  The space will look similar to Rye Leawood, while highlighting some of the original architecture of the historic building. Their new location, the former Morton’s Grille space at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway, was the first building constructed on the Country Club Plaza. The staples of the menu will be the same, but each chef will have a little creative license to do what they want to do seasonally.

Rye Leawood, which opened in 2012, celebrates the Midwest roots of its chefs. Their food pays homage to dishes the Midwest is known for, from the chefs’ point of view- smoked pork chops, aged steaks, fried chicken, vegetables fresh off the stove, Park House rolls, freshly-made seasonal pies, fruit cobblers and specialty cakes. Rye uses fresh, locally-sources ingredients and products, including their family farm in Parker, Kansas.

Megan and Colby are also the founders of Bluestem in Westport, which was named a 2015 James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant. Colby is a 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest award winner They also have 2 cookbooks.

AREA’s Bill Shackelford handled the lease negotiations for Rye.

For more info, visit http://www.ryekc.com/


New local concept, Hogshead restaurant, will open on The Country Club Plaza before the end of this month. It will occupy the former California Pizza Kitchen at 4743 Pennsylvania. Shawn McClenny, owner of One Block South in Overland Park, and Clark Grant, former Capital Grille executive chef, have created a “creative American”, chef-driven menu with locally sourced ingredients, craft beers, creative wines and barrel-aged cocktails.

The name Hogshead refers to a large cask used to ship wine and spirits. The restaurant will have several large wood barrels on site to age spirits.

The restauarnt space is being renovated with a warm and rustic contemporary feel. It will seat 160 people, with a bar that seats 8-12 and a 15-seat chef’s counter with an open kitchen.

AREA’s Rich DuVall represented Hog’s Head in their lease transaction.


Black Dirt, a second concept from Justus Drugstore’s Jonathan Justus and wife Camille Eklof, will open early January just south of the Plaza. Feast Magazine named Black Dirt one of their “Most Anticipated Restaurant”.

The 5,000 SF space is located at the corner of 51st & Main Street, in the 51Main mixed-use development that includes retail and upscale apartments. It will include a large bar, a private dining room and an outdoor patio area. The modern American restaurant and bar will offer an approachable menu including modern takes on classic dishes, comfort favorites and clean contemporary fair. Black Dirt will start solely serving dinner including bar snacks, small plates and large plates. They will slowly add lunch and brunch services as well as catering, carry-out and delivery options.

The name Black Dirt refers to the exceptional soil formed from the Kansan Glacier in the last great ice age, where the Missouri & Kaw River meet. There is no finer soil.

Justus & Eklof’s first restaurant, Justus Drugstore in Smithville, Missouri opened in May of 2007. The restaurant offers seasonal dishes made with farm-to-table locally raised produce and meat. The Smithville restaurant will temporarily close while the staff gets Black Dirt up and running.

Justus Drugstore was a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in the country, and Jonathan Justus has twice received a James Beard Nomination for Best Chef. The restaurant and chef have many other local and national accolades.

AREA’s Tiffany Ruzicka handled the lease negotiations.


Thee Gin Mill, a high-end gastro pub, will open in Leawood on November 9th.   The restaurant will offer a chef driven, made-from-scratch menu of American favorites along with craft beer and cocktails. Thee Gin Mill will serve lunch and dinner with live entertainment, and patio seating.

Ben Koepke, owner and operator of The Buck Snort, a local favorite in Missoula, Montana and Paul Drolet from Kansas City (known for his local restaurant design work) are the owners of Thee Gin Mill.

The 2,400 SF space is part of Parkway Plaza Chateau, a retail center on the northwest corner of 135th & Roe Avenue. Co-tentants include Integrite Salon, Iron Tribe Fitness, The Venue in Leawood, Massage Heights and Emergent Care Plus, to name a few.

AREA represents the Parkway Plaza Chateau landlord.