Mo’ Bettahs, a Utah-based restaurant chain specializing in Hawaiian-style cuisine, has officially opened its first Kansas location in Overland Park.
Where exactly? Located at 7006 W. 75th St., Mo’ Bettahs hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning to celebrate its grand opening.
- The new restaurant took over a space former occupied by a Kentucky Fried Chicken near the busy corner of 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue.
The menu: Mo’ Bettahs serves traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, something that may be somewhat familiar to local diners who have gone to one of the franchises of quickly expanding Belton-based Hawaiian Bros chain.
- Each Mo’ Bettahs plate comes with an option for meat, including steak teriyaki, pulehu chicken, kalua pig and shrimp tempura, all served with rice and macaroni salad, or a tossed salad.
- Plate sizes come in three different options: mini, regular or ekolu, also referred to as “da big boy.”
Background: Mo’ Bettahs was founded in Bountiful, Utah, in 2008 by siblings Kim and Kalani Mack, who grew up on the island of Oahu.
- After being acquired by the Savory Restaurant Fund in 2017, Mo’ Bettahs has expanded to 23 locations, primarily located in Utah and Idaho.
- Company officials said the restaurant chain is looking to open more Kansas City metro locations soon.
- Savory also operates Via 313 Pizzeria and The Crack Shack, a chicken sandwich shop, both of which plan to open new franchises in a co-located space at the Regency Park shopping center off Metcalf in Overland Park.
Key quote: “We couldn’t be more excited to serve the great people of Kansas,” said Kalani Mack. “We are proud to offer the fresh and authentic Hawaiian cuisine that my brother and I have had the privilege of growing up with. We can’t wait to spread the ‘aloha’ spirit with our new Kansas ohana and show them Hawaii, as the locals know it.”