Now, the partners and lifelong friends are preparing to open their third Kansas City-area Saints — and their seventh in the Midwest — at 11900 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee’s Ten Quivira Plaza shopping center.
Anderson, one of Kansas City’s better-known bond and public-finance lawyers, said he and Mundt plan continued expansion of the profitable concept, which includes a wide variety of tasty bar food, lots of of big-screen TVs and outrageous drink specials, such as 50-cent wells and anything-for-$2 nights.
And here’s the best part: free shuttle service to and from all area Saints locations.
“I’m a firm believer that the future of the bar business will be more about transportation than selling drinks,” Anderson said over lunch at the Independence, Mo., Saints, which recently opened in the former O’Charley’s space at 20220 E. Jackson Drive. “Eventually, they’re going to lower (the legal blood-alcohol content) to .05.”
Despite being ahead of the safe-transportation curve, Anderson is a relative newcomer to the sports bar and grill business. Mundt, on the other hand, got into the bar business shortly after he and Anderson graduated from high school.
The pair grew up next door to each other just outside of Ottumwa, Iowa, on a street named Riley Drive — hence, the name of their bar-and-grill ownership and management company, Riley Drive Entertainment Inc. In the early 2000s, they invested together in a number of other types of businesses, including some TCBY frozen yogurt shops, UPS Stores and an apartment deal.Read Full Article Here.