Jeff Stottle wants you to know there’s more than frozen custard going on at his Foo’s Fabulous Cafe in Leawood.
Ten years after opening a franchise of the popular Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard in Brookside, Stottle believes its time to get the word out that there’s plenty more offerings at his business at 9421 Mission Rd.
So now it’s called Foo’s Fabulous Cafe to reflect all the food and beverage offerings in addition to the frozen custard.
“We started with coffee, chocolates and a deli 10 years ago, but we weren’t smart enough to rebrand to let people know we have a broader menu and comfortable space that you’d associate with a cafe,” Stottle said.
On the comfort side, there are couches, a fireplace and free wifi at his cafe in the Ranch Mart shopping center. On the food and beverage side, offerings include Roasterie Coffee, Christopher Elbow Chocolates and Le Monde Pastries.
Heartier fare includes home-made biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, a Naan bread breakfast sandwich, pork belly Banh Mi’ Vietnamese sandwiches, Cuban sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak and Asian chop salad.
“We’ve got a core group of customers and we’d like more people to know,” Stottle said. “The reason we’re here is to provide a place for customers to plan, celebrate and enjoy life.”
He’s been in the food business since growing up in Branson, MO. Stottle was 15 when he got his first job at a restaurant, a gourmet place called Chef Tetart’s. Later, he worked in operations at Wendy’s and Applebee’s before deciding to strike out on his own.
“I spent 20 years gaining tools and capital to open something up,” he said. “I was introduced to Foo’s as an iconic Kansas City brand, looked at the business model and decided to add coffee, chocolates and simple lunch and breakfast items.”
It’s very much a neighborhood place. Stottle likes to hire teens from area high schools as employees, he’s had a total of 135 pass through his payroll since opening 10 years ago, and on Jan. 14 the cafe will sponsor its own 5K race in Leawood called the “Battle of the Bean,” coffee vs cocoa.
“When our customers tell about our brand, they say neighborhood, fun, family and unique. That pretty much describes us,” Stottle said.