Construction on pace for late May STANDEES’ opening at Village Shops

Frank Rash (left) showed Donna Potts of the Village Merchants Association a rendering of the finished interior of the STANDEES restaurant space on his iPad during a walk-through last week.

Construction work is in full swing at the Village Shops as crews make strides to finish the substantial interior and exterior renovations necessary for the scheduled opening of STANDEES, a first-in-the-country restaurant and movie theater concept, this May.

STANDEES principal Frank Rash says progress is on schedule to be able to open the facility up to operations staff in April. Staff will have approximately one month to prepare for the official opening to the public in late May. Rash said the company will hold several special events — including a neighborhood open house — around the time of the official opening.

Crews are presently in the process of adding fixtures to the restaurant and theater areas, and Rash said he expects they’ll begin exterior finishes — including the tower above the entrance — in the next couple weeks.

When finished, the facility will feature three state-of-the-art digital theaters equipped to show movies and live entertainment events in surround sound and even 3D. The 200 seat restaurant area will have digital entertainment options as well, with a long set of digital screens snaking around the restaurant’s horseshoe bar.

(We’ve gotten a number of questions related to the picketers who’ve set up at the intersection of 71st Street and Mission Road over the past couple weeks. STANDEES spokesman Justin Scott said the picketers are protesting the fact that one of the subcontractors hired by Titan Built Construction is not using union labor. “Kansas is a “right to work” state, which means that businesses and employees can decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union,” Scott wrote. The picketers are not impacting the construction timeline, Scott said.)

STANDEES will feature three 80-seat auditoriums equipped to show movies and streaming events in 3D and 7.1 channel surround sound.