Archive for Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Legends mall to include them restaurants, shopping

June 23, 2004

Unbelievable shopping opportunities will soon be just a few minutes' drive from Tonganoxie.

On May 26, RED Development announced a dozen businesses that will be locating in The Legends mall. The 740,000-square-foot open air mall will be located on a 100-acre site between Nebraska Furniture Mart and the T-Bones baseball stadium.

Amy Kraft, of RED Development, said that aside from shopping, visitors at the Legends mall, which is a $246 million project, will learn more about Kansas.

"While you're strolling the shopping center, you'll run into statues or plaques about Kansas legends like Amelia Earhart or Dwight Eisenhower," Kraft said. "We're integrating what makes Kansas so special and the pride of Kansas into the shopping center."

Target opening date for many of the businesses is the fall or winter of 2005.

And construction is expected to begin this summer or fall.

While the 12 new businesses may seem like a lot, that's just the beginning, Kraft said.

"We are hoping to make another round of announcements in about 90 days," she said.

Adding an entertainment venue for Southern Leavenworth County residents will be a 14-screen multiplex theater tentatively named "Legends Theater."

"It is beginning construction this summer for a mid-2005 opening," Kraft said. "It will be the single largest auditorium and screen in the greater Kansas City area, with balcony VIP seating."

Here's a quick look at plans for the Legends shopping and dining area

Confirmed Tenants

T-Rex

Founder and creator of Rainforest Cafe Steven Schussler has been busy developing his latest "edutainment" concept T-Rex, a prehistoric family adventure, for the past 10 years. T-Rex, a 20,000-square-foot destination restaurant, will be a wild place to shop, eat, explore and discover -- where whimsicality and reality meet to entertain and educate all ages. Dinosaurs will come to life among extravagant theatrical settings including geysers, waterfalls and ice caves. In addition to an eclectic food menu and retail area, children are encouraged to participate in an actual dinosaur dig to uncover actual dinosaur fossils and artifacts 65 million to 300 million years old. Paleontology students will be on hand to educate the children about what they find. Schussler plans on opening only five locations in the world with the first location opening at Mall of America in May 2005 and the second location opening at The Legends the end of 2005.

Bozo's Hot Pit Barbecue Restaurant

Founder of Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues, Isaac Tigrett is developing this new high-end barbecue restaurant concept. Bozo's will be the first of its kind, offering authentic BBQ from the finest pit masters throughout the country. With its innovative atmosphere, Bozo's will rival the supper clubs of the 1950s featuring hearty American food, live music and dancing.

Ted's Montana Grill

Founded by George McKerrow Jr. and Ted Turner, features authentic American favorites in a Craftsman-style bar and grill setting reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Montana. Menu features include beef, bison or chicken sandwiches made 20 ways, daily blue-plate specials, and homemade cookies and shakes. Based in Atlanta, Ted's Montana Grill presently has locations throughout the country and The Legends location will be the first to open in Kansas.

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