The KC Daiquiri Shop at 1116 Grand Blvd. has gained a great following in Kansas City since its 2018 opening. With more than 10 flavors of daiquiris, food and hookah, the atmosphere is lively and upbeat, which owners Kinley Strickland and Calvin Vick compare to a New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and French Quarter experience.
The two have taken the best of their original concept, added one of the metro’s most extensive Creole menus and in June opened KC Daiquiri Shop Bistreaux at 8725 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park.
“The Daiquiri Shop Bistreaux in Overland Park is more family friendly with a more sophisticated menu – similar if you go to the suburbs in New Orleans,” Strickland said. “You’re still getting all the key Creole influences and daiquiris, but the menu options are going to be a lot more sophisticated and nuanced, versus something on Bourbon Street.”
From the menu, to the décor inside, it’s clear to see that the Bistreaux is heavily influenced by Creole culture and jazz music. Paintings of saxophones and iconic jazz artists line the walls near an area where live bands perform on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m.
Some of the most popular menu items are blackened salmon, fried catfish, crab cakes and charbroiled oysters. The menu also includes gumbo, fried okra, sweet potato cheesecake and shrimp and grits. The Bistreaux also serves wine and beer.
“Variety is the spice of life and in this area, there was not a lot of variety when it comes to Creole food,” Strickland said. “Creole speaks to the African experience and there is part of our culture in this restaurant, which needs to be highlighted. People need to understand it and appreciate it.”
Before opening the Bistreaux, the duo opened a KC Daiquiri Shop at the KC Monarch Stadium at the Legends in Wyandotte County. The duo have additional plans for expansion. They are currently working with a few companies interested in franchising the KC Daiquiri brand in nearby states. The duo is also interested in opening a shop in the Hyvee Arena.
“When Calvin and I were talking about starting the business, we knew we were going to do something big,” Strickland said.
The Bistreaux is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.