Neighborhood Café-Waldo opening, serving up cinnamon rolls Aug. 25

Months of anticipation is coming to fruition Thursday, Aug. 25 as the second location for Neighborhood Café officially opens at 6 a.m. in the historic Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City.

The former Wei’s Super Buffet has been transformed into Waldo’s newest restaurant option, complete with a carry-out counter, 24-hour dining options, hand-made shakes, breakfast, lunch and dinner selections and the famous cinnamon rolls that have made Neighborhood Café a staple for many years in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Neighborhood Café-Waldo is located at 7531 Wornall next to Lew’s Grill and Bar. The restaurant will bring 40 new jobs to the Waldo area.

“Opening a second location has been in our plans for many years. Waldo is a perfect spot for our expansion,” Neighborhood Café and Snax Management owner Tony Olson said. “The feel of this neighborly community in Waldo fits our restaurant style in every way.”

At 5,500 square feet, Neighborhood Café-Waldo will seat more than 200 patrons and offer an all-day breakfast menu. Sunday through Thursday, Neighborhood Café will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will be open 24 hours.

Weekend specials will include all-you-can-eat fried fish (Fridays), tacos (Saturdays) and fried chicken (Sundays).

Similar to the Lee’s Summit location, Neighborhood Café-Waldo will also feature photos of local veterans. Photos can be dropped off any weekday after from 2-4 p.m. Olson said he is asking that the veterans’ portraits be the original service photo and either a 5x7 or 8x10. The full names of the service members must be included, along with a contact name and phone number of the member or a family member; rank and branch of service is optional.

This is the fourth restaurant in the Snax family, including the Lee’s Summit location, Chubby’s on Broadway and Bleu Burger at Pine Tree Plaza in Lee’s Summit.

Olson says he anticipates a warm welcome in Waldo.

“Everyone has been supportive so far and I’ve seen and felt the excitement about our opening,” he said.