Story restaurant in Prairie Village opens first chapter - Kansas City Business Journal, Breanna Hawley

Carl and Susan Thorne-Thomsen are hoping their new Story starts well.

The pair is opening a contemporary American restaurant, Story, at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Village Shopping Center, 3931 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village.

Carl Thorne-Thomsen, who previously was the chef de cuisine for Michael Smith and Extra Virgin restaurants, said the food has French, Italian and Spanish influences, types he gravitates toward.

“I’m just making the food I like to eat and offering the wines that I like to drink,” Thorne-Thomsen said.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will seat 66 in the dining room, 20 at the bar and 30 on the patio. It is the first restaurant the husband-wife pair will own together.

Thorne-Thomsen said he hopes the first few weeks of service will ramp up slowly, with business coming from the nearby neighborhoods in Prairie Village and Mission that he’s targeting.

“It’s better to get a little experience,” Thorne-Thomsen said.

Story serves lunch Monday through Friday, brunch on the weekend, and dinner all seven days. The restaurant will have a grand opening in about two weeks.

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