Italian restaurant announced for Westwood’s Woodside Village development no long part of the plan

A rendering showing the perspective from Rainbow looking to the east.
A rendering showing the perspective from Rainbow looking to the east of the final development.

An Italian restaurant that was to be part of the Woodside Village development at 47th and Rainbow in Westwood is not coming.

The 6,500 square foot Italian-themed restaurant called G. Berto Cucino, had been announced in October 2014. It had disappeared from the Woodside Village website, igniting rumors that it was no longer to be part of the development.

Bread & Butter Concepts, which operates Taco Republic, Urban Table and BRGR among others, had been the planned operator of the Woodside Village restaurant.

Alan Gaylin, founder of Bread & Butter Concepts, gave a statement to The Kansas City Star saying that the timing of completion of Woodside conflicted with other projects for his company. The restaurant had initially been planned to open in November 2015. The space now appears it will be ready this fall.

Neither Gaylin nor developer Blair Tanner returned messages to Shawnee Mission Post several days ago asking about the status of the Italian restaurant.

A second restaurant was announced in June of 2015. That will be the Blue Sushi Sake Grill which will occupy the northern most space along Rainbow Blvd. Tanner told the Westwood Planning Commission during a meeting earlier this year that Blue Sushi planned to open around Sept. 1.

Also planned to open this fall is Ulah, a men’s clothing store, which will be in the space next to Blue Sushi.

Five other spaces along the Rainbow retail portion do not have announced tenants. The residential component of the project is now leasing as well.