Papa Keno’s in Overland Park plans 20th-anniversary celebration

Papa Keno’s is ready to party like it’s 1995.

The Overland Park location, anyway. Unlike the newly opened Westport pizzeria, which is co-owned by David Hawley (who also now owns the Lawrence original), the Papa Keno’s at 7901 Santa Fe Drive is co-owned by French-born chef Philippe Lechevin, whose day job is executive chef at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Lechevin and managing partner Steve Robson bought the Overland Park location in November 2013, but the Papa Keno’s brand turns 20 tomorrow. So Lechevin and Robson are celebrating with a slice-and-a-beer special and some temporarily lowered prices. “We found an old menu in the basement,” Lechevin tells The Pitch. “We know what the 1995 prices were.”

Starting Saturday, September 26, and running through the end of October, the OP Papa Keno’s is selling a slice of pizza and a Free State beer for $6.99.

“We’ll also be offering — on Mondays only — any 18-inch specialty pizza for $18.99, and an 18-inch cheese pizza for $10.99. This special will be available through October 19,” Levechin says.

The Overland Park Papa Keno’s is also installing a Tuesday-only special: cheese-pizza slices for $2.25 through October 20.

“We’ll also give away, randomly, T-shirts and beer coozies through our anniversary period,” Levechin says.

Levechin says that, on his watch, Papa Keno’s uses no frozen ingredients, purchases fresh vegetables from the nearby farmers market, and prepares most dishes from scratch. “We even roast our own garlic,” he says.

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