By Ryan Richardson
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
Area residents will get a taste of a Kansas favorite when Santino’s Sports Bar and Eatery opens in February at 502 Briarbrook Drive.
For Santino’s general manager Wendy Ginavan, the move could not have come at a better time. The bar’s Frontenac, Kan., location — 212 W. McKay — was destroyed in December by a suspected electrical fire, according to authorities. No one was injured.
“The aim is to have that rebuilt and going again maybe by June,” Ginivan said. “For now, I estimate about 75 percent of my staff from there will help launch this location. We’re dedicated to being in Carl Junction and in Frontenac.
“We are excited to have this location available to us here in Carl Junction,” Ginavan added. “It will be a challenge to us because it will be a different customer base that we are working with, but I’m excited for the opportunity. We are going to be dedicated to providing a family friendly atmosphere to let them know what we have to offer.”
Briarbrook General Manager Mark Tackkett said Santino’s will occupy the location formerly held by Café on the Greens, which closed Jan. 3.
“We needed to move in a direction of a sports bar with the capability to do a true sit-down dinner experience,” Tackkett said. “We reached out to Santino’s because we believe that they can provide that kind of atmosphere and more. We took a stab in the dark, but I think it will really take off here.”
Many of Santino’s signature dishes will reappear in Carl Junction.
“Our goal is freshness and quality food for our customer,” Ginavan said. “You’ll still get pulled pork nachos, fresh patty burgers and chicken and beef philly sandwiches. I think a lot of our success was built on being a great place for food and having that atmosphere that people can come in to and feel welcomed. That’s what will help make us successful here.”