Classic Cookie, Magnolia’s Contemporary Southern Bistro return to business in November

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November proved to be a month of welcome return engagements. The beloved Classic Cookie bistro at 409 West Gregory Boulevard returned, after an eight-month interlude, to its original owner, Leslie Stockard, who had sold it  earlier in 2015, only to take it back this month. After a spiffy renovation, Stockard reopened for business November 27.

The other happy return was chef Shanita McAfee and her Magnolia’s Contemporary Southern Bistro, which she moved from a small location at  2932 Cherry to much more spacious quarters at 9916 Holmes this month.

Many of McAfee’s most popular brunch dishes, including her “Morning After” breakfast sandwich — an extra-large cheddar-herb biscuit split and filled with Dr Pepper-glazed ham, Havarti cheese and a fried egg — are available during the week. (The restaurant is now open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.)

Other November openings include a new midtown sushi boite, Bob Wasabi Kitchen at 1726 West 39th Street; a new pizza restaurant, the Long-Bell Pizza Co., in Lee’s Summit; and Plate, the intimate wine bar at 6201 Oak.

The Long-Bell Pizza Co. is the brainchild of chefs Aaron Mulder and Jayson Eggers, who took over the venue formerly occupied by Next Door Pizza at 3385 South Fascination Drive. Plate is the creation of husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Christian and Andrea Morrow Joseph, who also operate the Season + Square culinary shop; after a week of soft-opening dates, Plate opens to the public tomorrow.

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