Strang Hall at Edison District had a soft opening this week in downtown Overland Park and will have its grand opening Friday.
Located at 7313 W. 80th St., the food hall serves as a chef collective of six chefs offering their uniquely curated food concepts. The space is set up similar to a cafeteria, complete with a full bar and coffee shop selling Marcell Coffee. The food hall’s first day open was Tuesday.
“We’ve got some really creative people in here,” said KyLee Bird, assistant general manager. “It’s a variety of flavors, a variety of dishes, from all of these chefs.”
A look at the Edison District chefs
Six chefs have spaces inside the Edison District:
- Basabasa is a fried chicken concept with Asian influences, such as karaage (fried chicken thighs) and sake-marinated chicken.
- Anousone is a Southeast Asian concept with a mixture of comfort food and light, refreshing tastes.
- Nida offers a taco concept of Latin traditions using flavors such as pineapple salsas, pickled chiles, and chimichurri crema.
- Norcini is a concept of craft pizza and sandwiches with a range of protein and veggie options to mix and match according to taste.
- Solstice is a superfood concept with many vegan options (although most dishes in the food hall can be customized to be vegan or vegetarian), boasting mixes of salad and seared meats.
- Fond has warm, familiar tastes in its concept, fusing a variety of pastas, proteins and spices into flavorful dishes.
“With an opportunity like this, it’s something I couldn’t pass up,” said Chef Anourom Thomson of Anousone, who had been operating out of a food trailer.
Part of the food hall concept is to introduce and grow concepts for chefs who are local and/or not well known.
“We really wanted this to be almost like their test kitchen to give them an opportunity to try out a unique concept that they had or try out a menu idea they had,” she added. “It’s geared more towards those people who are not super well known in their community and in their industry, and giving them the opportunity to build their name and build who they are as a chef.”
When it came down to crunch time (pun intended), Bird said she watched the chefs come together and help each other get ready for opening week.
“That’s been really inspiring, and I think that’s one of the things that we’re about, building that sense of community,” she said.
The grand opening is Friday, starting with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours begin at 5 p.m.
Hours of operation for December and January are as follows:
Hours for the food hall:
- Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hours for the coffee shop:
- Sunday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Restaurant hours within the food hall are:
- Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.