Q39 keeps expanding

A fourth Q39 barbecue restaurant could soon be in the works in Lee’s Summit.

A new 50-acre mixed-use development proposed for Lee’s Summit, Oldham Village, will include 307 Class A apartment units, a sports and fitness complex, restaurants, an eatertainment (a restaurant with activities such as bowling or mini golf) and a grocery store.

Drake Development of Overland Park’s project, at the southeast quadrant of Missouri 291 and U.S. 50, has lined up a freestanding Q39 and Chick-fil-A, along with a Starbucks in a multi-tenant building.

In a statement, Kelly Magee, owner of Q39, said, “There are many details still pending but we are excited about the possibilities for this location.”

Drake is a full-service commercial real estate developer based in Overland Park. Its projects include the Streets of West Pryor in Lee’s Summit, the iTAP redevelopment in downtown Lee’s Summit, the Jack Henry building by the Country Club Plaza, and Merriam Grand Station, on the site of a former Merriam Kmart that is scheduled to open in phases starting later this year.

The late Rob Magee and his wife, Kelly, opened the first Q39 in Midtown in 2014 –  chef-driven, open kitchen, scratch menu, competition-style barbecue.The award-winning restaurant expanded with an Overland Park location in 2017 and a Lawrence location is in the works.

Rob passed away from colon cancer in 2021. Classically-trained chef Philip Thompson is continuing Rob’s legacy as the executive chef.

Q39 is a very strong operator with a great following and there is not a ton of product for barbecue in Lee’s Summit,” said Scott Miller, vice president of development at Drake.

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