A new food hall is coming to downtown KC

Strang Hall/Photos by Rebecca Norden & Caleb Condit

Strang Hall, the food hall in Overland Park, is expanding to the Lightwell building in downtown Kansas City. 

Menlo Food Labs, Strang Hall’s parent company, announced today that they will be opening The Strang Chef Collective at Lightwell, bringing two new restaurant concepts, with breakfast, lunch, dinner, organic coffee, tea, juice and a full-service bar, to Main Street. 

“Like the original Strang Hall in Downtown Overland Park, the concept will be a casual, modern space designed for community and authentic, local food,” the company’s CEO Shawn Craft said in a press release. “The Lightwell location will showcase local culinary talent and be a launching point for food entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and provide true authentic chef-driven experiences to the Central Business District.”

The real estate firm behind the Lightwell building recently finished updating the building’s new look and is now focusing on its food options. 

“From the beginning, we wanted the building’s transformation to emphasize health and wellness, and high-quality food is a key component of that vision. This chef-driven experience will add value and ease for both our tenants and the downtown community alike. We are excited to welcome the Strang Chef Collective as our newest tenant at Lightwell, addressing what has long been a food desert in the CBD,” Basel Bataineh, director at SomeraRoad said in a press release. 

The collective will be in the space currently occupied by Jason’s Deli. Construction is set to begin in December. 

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