(from THE PITCH | by CHARLES FERUZZA) A star deserves marquee billing, and James Beard Award–winning Michael Smith gets it with the two-month-old Cocobolos, in the PrairieFire complex at 135th Street and Nall. "Cocobolos by Michael Smith" is how the restaurant is billed on its menus, in line with Smith's status as an iconic local eponym. The Overland Park place joins, of course, his namesake restaurant at 20th Street and Main — half of the dining duplex that he runs with the livelier, less expensive Extra Virgin. To a certain caste of hungry locals, Smith's name is as familiar and as reliable as that of barbecue kingpin Ollie Gates.
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(By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT - kansascity.com) Big-box stores and suburban sprawl come to mind every time another strip mall sprouts up.
There might be a stylish indie boutique or a major brand that’s hard to find, but overall, you just don’t think of these shopping centers as hot destinations. Let alone summer musts.
Until Prairiefire, the sexy new development at 135th and Nall in Overland Park. It’s worth the drive. There’s something fresh and spirited about it. We could give credit to the Museum at Prairiefire, because being the little cousin to the American Museum of Natural History in New York is a little more than cool.
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