Neighborhood bar and grill called ‘The Bar’ opening on Mission’s Johnson Drive this fall after road construction

The Bar, a neighborhood bar and grill, will open this fall on Johnson Drive in Mission. It will be operated by the same group that owns Bar West in Shawnee.
The Bar, a neighborhood bar and grill, will open this fall on Johnson Drive in Mission. It will be operated by the same group that owns Bar West in Shawnee.

The Bar will be a new addition to a rebuilt Johnson Drive this fall after construction is completed. The neighborhood bar and grill is projected to open in November at the corner of Beverly and Johnson Drive in a former gas station and auto repair shop.

The Bar is a venture of the same group that owns Bar West on Renner Road in Shawnee and will offer many of the same menu items and drink specialties. Operating partner Barry Wiser said the Mission location will seat 96 inside and an additional 40 on a patio that will be on the front toward Johnson Drive. In the remodel, the group will retain two of the garage doors so they can be opened during good weather.

“We are proud of our food,” Wiser said of the Bar West operation. “All of our veggies are cut fresh and the meat is never frozen.” Gourmet burgers and the wraps will be a highlight of the menu, he said. “Everything is made to order.” It will be serving lunch and dinner. Bar West has an extensive menu with a number of specials.

“We are a neighborhood bar and grill,” Wiser said, “with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.” He said The Bar is more for the neighborhood and looks forward to having walkers stop in on the new Johnson Drive. “We’re not a corporate type atmosphere.” The Bar also plans to have live music on some nights.

Wiser said Bar West is in its fifth year and has become “pretty popular” with good operations. The group had been looking for a “gas station type location” to start another bar and grill when the Mission spot came on the market. “It just makes sense for us,” he said. “The work they are doing downtown (in Mission) is fabulous.”

The Bar plans to open after construction is completed in November. Besides the interior remodel, cosmetic changes will be made to the exterior to include taking the canopy down in front and landscaping. Wiser said just over 30 parking spots are available on the property. It expects to have the same 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. hours as Bar West.

“We are happy to be part of the Mission family,” Wiser said.