KC’s Crown Center Nabs New Tenants

Local group PB&J Restaurants will replace the 8,400-square-foot Milano Italian Dining with a Burnt End BBQ restaurant and a full-service Starbucks.
Milano Italian Dining. Image courtesy of PB&J Restaurants
Milano Italian Dining. Image courtesy of PB&J Restaurants

Local group PB&J Restaurants is set to bring Burnt End BBQ and Starbucks to Crown Center Shops in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Milano Italian Dining, an 8,400-square-foot restaurant on the first floor of the property, is set to close at the end of this month. Burnt End BBQ and Starbucks will take over the space and open new venues by late December.

Located at 2405 Grand Blvd., Crown Center Shops includes hotels, entertainment, dining, shopping, offices and residential options in the city’s core. The development currently encompasses more than 40 shops and restaurant. PB&J Restaurants is working with local architecture firm BRR Architecture to fully renovate the space occupied until now by Milano Italian Dining. Burnt End BBQ will occupy 6,200 square feet and a Starbucks will move into the remaining 2,200 square feet. This location will be Burnt End BBQ’s third venue, with two other restaurants in Denver and Overland Park, Kan.


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Crown Center Shops is an 85-acre property opened in 1971 that serves as the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards. Every year, the property attracts more than five million visitors due to its featured attractions—Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City and Legoland Discovery Center. Crown Center is also home to two theaters as well as the Midwest at Sheraton Kansas City and The Westin Kansas City hotels.