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On the side Three upgrades at Metro Grill III

  • Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 2:13 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 7:24 a.m.

Three upgrades at Metro Grill III

The restaurant at 10096 E. 13th St. is having a “grand reopening” at 11 a.m. Monday, complete with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. Diners will get 10 percent off all day on Monday. Although the restaurant originally opened in June of 2012, chef Michael Gonzalez has made some big changes. Among them:

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Licensed to serve: The restaurant just secured its liquor license and will have a full bar. It’ll serve wines by the glass and by the bottle.

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New menu: Gonzalez has re-imagined his former menu, which was mostly sandwiches and hot dogs. Though the old favorites are still there, the new menu features appetizers such as sauteed littleneck clams and beef carpaccio, some new salads and entrees such as a filet mignon served over a grilled portabella mushroom. Gonzalez also has added a few chicken dishes and a grilled pork chop as well as a mini-Cuban menu, featuring picadillo, bisteck empanizado and more.

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Additional ambiance: Metro Grill III also will now have candlelight in the evenings and live music on the weekends. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-631-1454.

Quick bites

Marco’s Pizza opens Monday

A new pizza restaurant set to open next week will bring you a movie along with your pie – as long as you order online. Marco’s Pizza,part of a chain that started in Toledo, Ohio, and now has restaurants in 29 states, is expected to open on Monday. (The movie delivery component won’t start immediately, though.) The restaurant, which also has locations in Topeka and the Kansas City area, is at 3305 W. Central, which is right next door to Family Video. The two stores have worked out a deal that will allow Marco’s to eventually deliver online customers a movie along with a pizza. They’ll pick up the movie, too, but only if you order another pizza. Marco’s menu includes several varieties of pizza, available on plain, Parmesan and garlic crusts. It’ll also have salads and sandwiches. For more information, call 316-946-5646.

Red Stocking Breakfast is Thursday

The annual Red Stocking Breakfast, a fundraiser for the Kansas Children’s Service League, is from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Carlos O’Kelly’s, 7703 E. Douglas. It features a buffet of hot breakfast items such as eggs and biscuits and gravy, served by recognizable politicians and media personalities. Proceeds raised go toward KCSL programs and services. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children age 10 and under eat free. Advance tickets are available online at www.kcsl.org.

Mead’s Corner’s birthday

Mead’s Corner, the coffee house at 430 E. Douglas, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Sunday. The shop will have live music, prizes, gift basket drawings and other activities. At 2 p.m., employees will cut a birthday cake. For more information, call 316-201-1900.

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