Customers clamored for dinner at this daytime-only KC restaurant. It starts next week

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When the owners of The Classic Cookie decided to bring back dinner service, they planned a late August preview event and then would roll it out a month later.

But within a day, more than 70 people contacted them to reserve multiple spots.

So Wild Rose Bistro will debut next Friday at the cafe, 409 W. Gregory Blvd. It will then be open for dinner from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Bryan Sparks, Hailey Allen and Ellen Klem became partners in the Classic Cookie a year ago, and after a major remodeling, they reopened the cafe in late December.

Sparks said he grew up going to Brookside bar and grills and is a big fan of Waldo spots nearby. But his bistro will focus on fresh, local ingredients that will serve as inspiration for that week’s menu.

“We wanted to offer them something a little different than what exists in Waldo. It’s a lot of — while really good — bar food,” Sparks said.

Wild Rose Bistro will have just a few entrees, between $30 and $45. Sharable items will be around $8 to $22.

“When Hailey and I go out to eat we order six or seven things and share them all,” he said. “We hope people get a bunch of stuff and share it with their friends and explore more than one dish.”

This month’s menu will include heirloom tomato and peach salad (produce from Crum’s Heirlooms in Bonner Springs), sweet corn gazpacho, charred and grilled asparagus, grilled watermelon, maple-glazed Ora King salmon and whole duck cassoulet.

Sparks is collaborating with his new chef, Jade Zivalic, on the menu.

The Classic Cookie has been a Waldo mainstay since 1988, under different owners. It had tried a dinner service but has mostly been a breakfast and lunch spot.

Menu items include biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, chicken salad sandwiches (on one of its freshly made breads), Belgian waffles, pancakes, crepes, soups, salads, bowls and Classic Cookies’ famous cookies. They also offer a variety of house-made pastries and coffee drinks.

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