‘We are so sad’: Kansas City restaurant closing after nearly a decade in business

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen at 8380 N. Booth Ave in Kansas City’s Northland will close permanently Sunday.

“Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult business decision to close our Kansas City North restaurant, effective August 28,” a representative announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “We continually evaluate the performance of all our restaurants, and, unfortunately, sometimes, we have to close a location.”

The specific reason was unclear to the restaurant’s staff.

“We never really got a straight answer why we’re closing, to be honest with you,” an employee working Friday told The Star.

Kristin Colville, a spokesperson for Darden Restaurants, which owns Cheddar’s and several other national chains, told The Star, “Every team member will have the opportunity to join a nearby Cheddar’s restaurant or one of our sister restaurants, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.”

One customer wrote on Facebook, “We are so sad to say goodbye to the wonderful servers, managers and hostesses we came to know over the years. We just hope someone sees the opportunity to continue to use this beautiful building for a restaurant in the near future and save our booth.”

The location near Liberty opened in 2014, serving dishes like chicken fried steak, broccoli cheese casserole and chicken pecan salad.

Two other Kansas City area Cheddar’s remain open: 11865 W. 95th St. in Overland Park and 4675 South Bass Pro Drive in Independence.