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Hawaiian dining concept enters KC market with Belton location

Hawaiian Bros will open in February and plans a dozen metro-area restaurants

BELTON, MO—December 20, 2017– Two brothers who helped operate Hawaiian Time, a quick casual restaurant chain with nine Oregon locations, are rolling into the Kansas City market with a similar concept in Belton, the first of as many as a dozen planned for the metro area.

Cameron McNie and Tyler McNie will open Hawaiian Bros Island Grill, 1112 E. North Ave, in February. The brothers partnered with longtime friends and brothers Paul Worcester and Joel Worcester of Worcester Investments to purchase the 2,800-square foot former home of Long John Silver’s.

“Our family purchased a single restaurant in 2003 from a Hawaiian family,” Cameron McNie said. “We’d never been in the restaurant industry, but the business just exploded from that one location and we grew it throughout Oregon. After working for our family restaurant for many years, my brother and I wanted to branch off and do our own thing.”

Hawaiian Bros will feature Hawaiian-inspired island décor and an all-fresh menu that includes a signature teriyaki chicken dish, Huli Huli Chicken. At about $8.50, the restaurant’s traditional plate lunch includes a main portion of meat, two scoops of white rice, and a scoop of macaroni salad.

“This is a very similar yet different concept than Hawaiian Time. We have re-branded the look and feel to be our own as well as added some new takes on the menu while keeping the core of the traditional plate lunch intact,” McNie said. “We’ve been doing this for 14 years and think we have a good idea of what works.”

McNie said the ownership group chose to launch in Belton because of population growth in Belton and Raymore, as well as the ability to purchase the standalone building near Target and Home Depot at the intersection of 58 Hwy. and Towne Center Drive.

“There are plenty of other successful establishments nearby, and the square footage is ideal for our operation,” McNie said. “We feel our food and price point will be appealing to a wide demographic, allowing us to be successful wherever we are located. We believe the Midwest is ready for Hawaiian plate lunch.”

The McNie brothers already are scouting a second metro-area location after touring more than a half dozen potential sites in November.

For more information:

Carolyn Yatsook, Belton Economic Development Director |

City of Belton joins MoDOT for 155th Street Interchange ribbon cutting

Belton, Missouri – Dec. 15, 2017– The City of Belton, Missouri, along with the City of Grandview and the Missouri Department of Transportation, celebrated the opening of a new diverging diamond interchange and roundabout at Interstate 49 and 155th Street interchange on Friday, Dec. 15.

The 155th Street interchange is the first completed project in the state of Missouri to combine a diverging diamond interchange with a roundabout to handle large volumes of traffic.

“This interchange will enhance public safety by reducing traffic congestion and accidents,” said Belton Mayor Jeff Davis. “The City also anticipates an economic benefit as Belton works diligently to attract companies in the transportation, manufacturing and e-commerce industries. These improvements create a critical direct linkage to Markey Business Park and our North Scott redevelopment area and will assist the city in ongoing economic development attraction activity.”

The interchange offers a key sustainable connection for Belton thanks to the addition of a dedicated shared use path for all bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the roundabout on 155th Street.
For more information:

Carolyn Yatsook | Belton Economic Development | 816-892-1263 |

City of Belton Approves Cracker Barrel project

Restaurant expected to spark retail activity at Cornerstone Pointe development

BELTON, MO—October 5, 2017—The Belton Planning Commission has approved Cracker Barrel’s plans to construct a 9,170-square foot restaurant and gift shop in the Cornerstone Pointe development on the southeast corner of 163rd Street and Interstate 49. The store will be Cracker Barrel’s first location in Cass County and its 18th in the state of Missouri.

Construction is expected by begin in November, with an opening by May of 2018. Located adjacent to the Hampton Inn just east of I-49, the restaurant is expected to help attract additional retail activity to the 22-acre Cornerstone Pointe development. Local developer Steve Havens owns the property, which is being marketed by Lane4 Property Group and is master-planned for more than 90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

“Cracker Barrel’s announcement already is creating significant buzz. A single item posted on the city’s Facebook page went viral and reached more than 50,000 users, which is more than double Belton’s population,” said Carolyn Yatsook, Belton Director of Economic Development. “The City looks forward to sharing future exciting tenant announcements in the Cornerstone Pointe development in the coming months.”

The Belton Planning Commission also approved a special use permit allowing Cracker Barrel to build a 60-foot sign near the interstate. No incentives were requested for the project.


Krista Klaus | | 913-284-5752
Alexa Barton | | 816-331-4331

City of Belton approves new Fairfield Inn & Suites

Four-story, 83-room hotel located north of Highway 58 expected to open in 2018

BELTON, MO—September 27, 2017 – The City of Belton has approved a new 83-room, four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites located just north of Highway 58 between Mullen Road and Interstate 49.

Salina Hotel Corp. will begin construction by the end of the year on the 48,000- square foot hotel project, with a targeted opening by the end of 2018. The project includes construction of a new east-west access road adjacent to existing retail development to the south. The new road will be constructed with funds from a newly established Community Improvement District.

“Belton is fast becoming the business epicenter of Cass County, which is experiencing a surge in both residential and commercial development,” Belton City Manager Alexa Barton said. “Located just west of Interstate 49 and south of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, this hotel project will serve an unmet need for quality hotel space in Belton and the surrounding region.”

Shamir Bhakta, Salina Hotel Corp. regional manager, said the hotel development firm believes the project will be a great fit for Belton as well as Cass County.

“We look forward to developing the Fairfield Inn & Suites Belton and building a great asset to the community. Salina Hotel Group is excited to do business in Belton due to the recent and expected growth in the area,” Bhakta said.

Project partners include City of Belton, Mo.; Belton Economic Development; and Salina Hotel Corp. Additional retail pad sites are available just west of the hotel project.

Krista Klaus | | 913-284-5752
Alexa Barton | | 816-331-4331

Belton Opens Wastewater Treatment Facility

City invites public to tour automated, $11.5 million plant at July 26 Open House
BELTON, MO—The City of Belton has completed its $11.5 million, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant and pumping station upgrade. The public is invited to view the taxpayer funded facility located at 21200 S. Mullen Road from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26.

The plant represents a significant technological upgrade for the City of Belton’s wastewater treatment processes and features a new SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system that alerts operators to potential problems with water pressure and flow, as well as equipment issues or malfunctions.

“Wastewater treatment provides an important public and environmental safety function, and this upgraded facility enables the city to keep closer tabs on operations, efficiency and capacity,” said Belton Public Works Director Michael Doi.

The upgraded wastewater treatment facility includes a new headworks building and influent pumping station, both of which replaced aging and outdated structures and were designed and constructed to accommodate projected flows outlined in the City’s Wastewater Treatment Master Plan.

The City utilized a low interest loan program offered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ State Revolving Fund Program to pay for construction of the facility after voters approved a bond issue funding the project in April 2013.

Carollo Engineers designed the facility, and Foley Company served as general contractor.

Michael Doi | | 816-331-4331
Krista Klaus | | 913-284-5752