kansascitySpringfield, Mo.’s Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar is coming to Kansas City.

Big Whiskey’s plans eight or nine locations, including three corporate-owned operations to “seed the market.” Three locations are expected to open in the next two years and it is looking at locations that are around 5,500-to-6,500 square feet.

Menu items include Buffalo chicken dip, smothered steak (USDA choice center cut, seasoned sirloin with grilled onions, mushrooms and melted mozzarella cheese), lemon pepper chicken, jerk chops, fish tacos, pan-seared tilapia, chicken ranch Alfredo pasta, and barbecue pork chops.

It also offers classic cocktails and frozen cocktails, wine and beer, and seasonal specialty cocktails like the current Black Walnut Old Fashioned.

Partner Paul Sundy said he named the restaurants after a longtime customer of his grandfather’s tavern in Lockwood, Mo.

The regular would come in a couple of times a week at happy hour with the same drink order, “I’m only going to have one, so make it a big one,” earning him the nickname Big Whiskey.

Sundy has four other partners in Big Whiskey’s Concepts, which owns five restaurants — three in Springfield, and two in the Ozark area. They launched Big Whiskey’s Franchising LLC four months ago and their first franchisee plans a Bentonville, Ark. location.

 

 

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC