Here is some information from an official press release regarding new restaurants opening in Leawood’s Park Place.

Three New Dining Establishments Announce Locations at Park Place

All Three Establishments to Open this Fall

LEAWOOD, Kan. (August 10, 2011) Park Place announces not one but three new dining destinations to open this fall, including 801 Chophouse, Gordon Biersch Brewery, and Mestizo for Aarón Sánchez, celebrity-chef Aarón Sánchez’s new concept and flagship location. The new restaurants join an already impressive roster of dining establishments, including California Pizza Kitchen, Café Roux, Carmen’s Café, Ingredient Restaurant, RA Sushi, and Trezo Vino Wine Bistro.

801 Chophouse, the second Kansas City-area location, will be located at 11616 Ash Street, directly in between the Aloft Hotel, and Trezo Vino Wine Bistro. The Des Moines-based restaurant is famous for its steaks and seafood, and has developed a devoted following throughout the nation and the region. Owner and proprietor James Lynch says, “At 801 Chophouse, we are proud and excited to become part of the Leawood community and the great state of Kansas, and we look forward to opening later this fall.” They will incorporate the same stylish and elegant look as their other locations and plan to continue their tradition of phenomenal happy hour specials. More information about 801Chophouse can be found at

Gordon Biersch, the popular casual brewery restaurant chain, has locations in 18 states as well as the District of Columbia and specializes in handcrafted German lagers, brewed in-house, and a made-from-scratch American menu with bold international flavors. Gordon Biersch produces six authentic lagers including seasonal offerings. These signature lagers have been recognized at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup competitions. The beer brewed for the Leawood location will be brewed fresh, on-site at their downtown location. The menu at Gordon Biersch will tempt guests with such dishes as their signature Garlic Fries, Southwest Egg Rolls, Gorgonzola Bone-In Ribeye, Barbecue Grilled Salmon, and the Grilled Chicken Cashew Salad. They will be located at the corner of 117th and Ash Street, at 11652 Ash Street. The restaurant is scheduled to open early this fall. More information about Gordon Biersch Brewery can be found at

Mestizo for Aarón Sánchez is an exciting new Mexican restaurant concept, utilizing the recipes, culinary skills, and respected name of acclaimed Latin Chef and Food Network personality, Aarón Sánchez. The restaurant combines a casual, inviting, and upbeat atmosphere with exceptional cuisine and a lively bar scene. The restaurant will take full advantage of their unique space, with two extensive patios, including a second-floor patio overlooking Barkley Square, which will regularly feature live music. “Mestizo will masterfully blend Aarón’s original recipes with an authentic Mexican environment, which combined will bring the best of Mexico to the United States. It will truly be a culinary escape that allows you to experience the dynamic flavors that define Mexican cuisine,” said Michael Auger of Trifecta Management, the group developing the concept. “Park Place has a great blend of unique dining, retail and businesses in a thriving community. We are confident that Aarón’s cuisine will be embraced throughout the country as we expand the Mestizo concept, so there is no better place to start than in the heartland, here in Kansas City.” The restaurant will open at 5270 W. 116th Place later this year. For more information about Mestizo, please contact Bruce Nussbaum at bnussbaum@trifecta-mg.

About Park Place

Park Place is the only mixed-use community in Johnson County, embracing the complete lifestyle from playing to working and every activity in between. Park Place features local, regional and national specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants in an environment of tree-lined streets and community areas, truly making it Leawood’s downtown, as named by Mayor Peggy Dunn. Park Place boasts Johnson County’s only outdoor ice skating rink, The Ice. It is the development’s focal point and serves as a community green space during warmer months. Park Place’s second phase of construction started in January of 2010 and will bring dozens of new retailers, restaurants, and office tenants to Park Place. For more information, visit