A new restaurant opened its doors Monday in Mission. Longboards Wraps & Bowls offers a wide menu of wraps, salads and bowls. Co-owner John Bailey calls the menu “Pacific style” with recipes that come from countries across the Pacific rim along with a strong California influence.
Longboards was started by Gilbert Macapagal who opened the first restaurant in the Northland 10 years ago. Bailey first joined in when the partners opened a Liberty location three years ago. Macapagal came from the Philippines and spent time in California. “This is completely a reflection of him,” Bailey says of Macapagal, who worked at a number of well-known Kansas City restaurants. Bailey says he and Macapagal have known each other for 20 years.
The menu includes grilled wraps, deli-style wraps served cold, salad bowls and hot noodle bowls. It also has children’s items and a number of larger appetite items. Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, Californian and Hawaiian are a few of the influences that show up on the menu.
The goal is to serve food as fresh as possible, Bailey says. “That’s important to us.” The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. each day and closes at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It closes at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant has 36 seats and is located at 5415 Johnson Drive in the Mission Mart shopping center.
Bailey said the partners had been looking for a new location south of the river. The walkability of Mission and the small businesses, he said, made it attractive along with the proximity of several high schools.