A new contemporary American restaurant concept, Story, will open in May in Prairie Village's The Village Shopping Center, co-owner and local chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen said.
The "casual yet elegant" neighborhood restaurant at 3931 W. 69th Terrace will be in the space formerly occupied by Natural Wear. Story will seat more than 100 people in its dining, bar and patio areas.
Thorne-Thomsen said that opening the 3,000-square-foot restaurant is the culmination of a years-long dream.
"I started cooking about 10 years ago," he said. "It's always been a passion, a joy."
Thorne-Thomsen, who grew up in Connecticut but moved to the Midwest for graduate school, will open the full-service restaurant with his wife, Susan Thorne-Thomsen, who previously operated a gourmet food store and café, With A Twist, in Wichita.
Carl Thorne-Thomsen most recently served as Chef de Cuisine at Crossroads Arts District restaurants Michael Smith and Extra Virgin.
Story will serve American fare "inspired by the cuisines of France, Italy and Spain." Dinner entrées will average about $25; lunch will be priced between $6 and $12. Brunch will be served on the weekends.
BlueBike architects has been hired to design the space. John Green of Zimmer Real Estate Services LC represented Story in the lease; Trip Ross of Lane4 Property Group Inc. represented the landlord. Read more: New Story restaurant plans May intro in Prairie Village | Kansas City Business Journal