STANDEES restaurant and theater to open Friday in Village Shops

A signature feature is the 70-foot digital ‘film strip’ display that wraps around the bar and projects entertainment.

After months of development, Prairie Villagers will at last get a look at the Village Shops’ highly anticipated new restaurant and movie theater concept this weekend. STANDEES – The Entertaining Eatery opens for business Friday in the space formerly occupied by Macy’s Home Store and Einstein Brothers Bagels

Greg Pickardt is executive chef

STANDEES, which has three movie screens, will open at 11 a.m. each day for lunch and will serve until late closing. The restaurant has been going through shake down events this week to get ready for its public opening at lunch on Friday.

The three theaters have 30-foot screens and have an average of 85 seats. With 30 seats on the outdoor patio, the restaurant can hold approximately 240. The opening weekend movie lineup includes “The Great Gatsby,” “Mud” and “The English Teacher,” which will only be shown in New York, Los Angeles and Prairie Village this weekend. Movies are priced at $6.75 before 6 p.m. and $8.75 after 6 p.m. 3-D movies have no additional charge.

The concession stand has traditional theater items, but also small plates and bar drinks that can be taken into the theaters. The restaurant menu items range from $5 to $25 in American classic-style. The kitchen focuses on locally produced food wherever possible. Eight local companies were partners in the development of STANDEES from construction to food strategy.

CEO Frank Rash calls it “an upscale-casual restaurant with an entertaining twist. STANDEES has everything you need for the ultimate everyday escape.”

Rash hopes that the STANDEES concept can be replicated in other cities, but the Prairie Village location is the first.

The movie bookings are designed to appeal to adult movie-goers and could include showing events and performances as well as movies. STANDEES will employ 90 people and Erik Hess is general manager.

Each theater will seat approximately 85.