Family restaurant seeking possible locations
Although the restaurant won't be coming to Basehor as originally planned, the Courtyard Cafe is making plans to locate between Basehor and Bonner Springs.
Dye and De Leon Family Restaurant owners Pernell Dye and Matthew De Leon said they are in the process of finding a site for the restaurant.
"We are moving forward to take our family restaurant concept to the next level of reality and enhance the economic development of the community and surrounding communities," Dye said.
Both Dye and De Leon are Basehor residents.
Dye said the company did want to locate to Basehor, but low demographics caused the owners to look for a more prime location.
The area under most consideration is the northwest corner of Kansas Highway 7 and 24/40, he said.
"That's where we felt the most visible impact would be, at that corner," Dye said. "That's our preliminary proposed site.
"We still want to be close to Basehor. The demographics support a restaurant of this magnitude with cars coming from Lansing, Leavenworth, Tonganoxie and Basehor."
Dye said the restaurant did not want to locate to the Tourism District at the Kansas Speedway.
"We didn't want to go to the track area," he said. "We wanted to stay close to the family-type areas."
Plans for the restaurant are still in the preliminary stages. The intended grand opening date for the restaurant is scheduled for some time in the late fall of 2002, Dye said.
The restaurant plans to offer three dining rooms, a bakery, courtyard patio, separate bar area and a 2,500 foot square reception facility, which would be open for weddings, banquets or other special events.
There would also be ample parking for the restaurant, with 89 parking spaces available.
The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and would set the highest standards for excellence, Dye said.
The total construction cost for the project is approximately $2.5 million.