Mixx owner releases details of quick-casual restaurant she’s bringing to former Bruce Smith Drugs space this fall

The 4,000 square foot former Bruce Smith Drugs space will become a new restaurant this fall.
The 4,000 square foot former Bruce Smith Drugs space will become a new restaurant this fall.

Jo Marie Scaglia, the founder of the Mixx who has entered into an arrangement to bring a new restaurant to the Village Shops space that housed Bruce Smith Drugs for six decades, this week released details about the new quick-casual concept.

The restaurant, which will be called Caffetteria, will have an open kitchen that will prepare made-from-scratch dishes as well as prepared meals that patrons can pick up on the go. The restaurant will also offer specialty foods and other products in a small retail section.

Scaglia’s plans for the restaurant call for seating for 100 patrons inside the 4,000 square foot interior, with additional seating in an outdoor patio.

Patrons will order their meals at a counter, and then waiters will bring their food to them at their tables.

“It is important to me to make people feel like they are at home at Caffetteria,” Scaglia said in a release. “We cook everything with love and want to make each dish approachable for our guests.”

Promotional materials for the restaurant suggest that its “wholesome, diverse and sophisticated palate will continue the tradition of superior quality quick-casual dining that makes its sister restaurant, The Mixx, a Kansas City favorite.”

Scaglia said that, much like at The Mixx, the menu will feature locally sourced produce and other products.

The opening date for the new restaurant will be sometime this fall.

Bruce Smith Drugs closed in the space last fall, but some of their staff will be opening a new pharmacy operation at the Village Shops Hen House in the coming weeks.