Kansas City-based restaurant group Bread & Butter Concepts (BBC) has acquired three locally owned Ingredient restaurants as part of their new strategy to add fast-casual dining to their stable of casual-dining restaurant concepts.

BBC announced last week that they has acquired three existing Ingredient restaurants including one at Park Place in Leawood, Kansas, one in downtown Kansas City at 1111 Main Street and one in Columbia, Missouri. It was also announced that each of the acquired restaurants would close and undergo a remodel and would reopen as “Ingredient True Eatery.”

The Leawood location was the first to undergo the remodel and rebranding process, and it has now reopened sporting the new look and menu. The Columbia location will follow, closing Sun., Jan. 18 and reopening on Tues., Jan. 20. The downtown Kansas City location will be the last to remodel closing in sometime in mid-February.

No other restaurant group has exploded onto the food scene bigger or grown faster than Bread & Butter Concepts. From the group that has brought us Gram & Dun, Urban Table, two BRGR Kitchen + Bar locations, Taco Republic and the Taco Republic food truck – and, opening this fall, a new Italian concept called G. Berto Cucina – they have proven that they are investing in Kansas City in a big way.

Alan Gaylin, the Founder and CEO of Bread & Butter Concepts, said he took his time researching the market and Ingredient as a viable concept to add to his list of BBC restaurants before he proceeded with the acquisition. Ultimately, he decided that Ingredient had just the missing ingredient that he needed.

“Moving into the fast casual sector of the restaurant business was a key factor,” Gaylin said. “It is currently the fastest growing segment of our industry and we like adding that to our portfolio.”

The new menu at Ingredient True Eatery still focuses on fresh ingredients and healthy choices. BBC plans to continue to offer a make-your-own-salad, but additionally they will introduce some fresh new signature salads like their Sonoma salad featuring romaine, swiss chard, kale, roasted peppers, golden beets, goat cheese, almonds and a sunflower vinaigrette.

Creative sandwiches and a build-your-own-burger option are all part of the new menu. They have also added a “snacks” portion to their menu with a hummus of the day, "Cave Man Wings" and drunken meatballs made with pork, bacon, whiskey glaze and jalapeño cornbread. Heartier entrée items will include turkey lasagna and a new spin on fish and chips that will also be on the menu.

Ingredient, 11563 Ash Street, Leawood, Kansas, 913.948.6800, ingredienteatery.com

Ingredient, 1111 Main St, Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.994.3350, ingredienteatery.com

Ingredient, 304 South 9th Street, Columbia, Missouri, 573.442.1503, ingredienteatery.com


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