Chris Sutton and his K.C. Hopps group’s initial idea for a restaurant in Prairie Village was Mosaic, a Moroccan Mediterranean concept.
But after about a year in business, the partners decided a different tack would better meet the needs of the local market. So after a month and a half remodel on the Mosaic space, the group opened up what they described at the time as a “family-oriented neighborhood hangout with a sports-bar feel.”
Thus was born the Blue Moose Bar and Grill, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week.
A decade removed from its opening, it’s clear the move was a success. The Blue Moose brand has become a significant part of the K.C. Hopps restaurant portfolio. With strong performance at the original Prairie Village restaurant, the group has now opened Blue Moose concepts in Overland Park and Topeka, and has plans to open a new location in Lenexa in the near future.
“It’s kind of a feel good brand with a fun vibe,” Sutton said. “We thought from the beginning that Prairie Village and the Village Shops was a great market, and we wanted to find the right approach for the area. Blue Moose fit it well.”
Sutton said that the company expects to undertake an interior remodel of the restaurant sometime in the next year.
“We’ve been in the same space for a while now, and it needs a little facelift,” Sutton said. “We love being in the area. One of my favorite parts is that you get to cater to all different demographics — you go in the dining room and you’ve got people of all ages in there. It’s one of the things that makes Prairie Village great.”