CLAY COUNTY — After years of planning and removal of an older, dilapidated restaurant structure in 2017, Smithville Lake again has a shoreline restaurant at Paradise Pointe Marina, located off NE 180th Street in Smithville.
The former marina restaurant building was moved and disassembled in 2017 on a recommendation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after standing vacant for a handful of years.
Called The Sand Bar at Paradise Pointe, the new marina restaurant features overhead-covered picnic tables for seating and walk-up window.
A soft opening is Saturday, Aug. 24, although no official opening date or hours of operation have been set. The restaurant has a goal of delivering pizza to those on the lake. At the walk-up window, menu options will include a children’s menu and classic hot and cold items like salads, ice cream, burgers and cheesesteaks.
“That soft opening, really, will be for us try and accommodate those on the water,” said Sand Bar Manager Dawn Reynolds. “If something doesn’t work, we’ll get rid of it. We are going to work to see what the people want.”
Restaurant construction was finalized this summer. While Clay County constructed the facility, it will be operated by Power Play Metro North, Inc. Clay County administrators awarded the bid to the family entertainment company after accepting closed bids earlier this spring.
“We are really excited,” said Assistant County Administrator for Public Services Nicole Brown, adding of the three bids received and reviewed by the selection committee, the company that operates PowerPlay-North, was the best fit. PowerPlay-North is a family entertainment facility that includes ax throwing, sand volleyball, carnival rides, a zip line and go karts options near Northwest Barry Road and U.S. Highway 169 in Kansas City. “We are really excited to have them because they have some business credentials. They have a supply line as it’s right in the area and with food services, which is good because it’s been a challenge with that in the area in the past.”
“Their vision is to make this a destination not just a restaurant. They look to bring the very best food at a reasonable price while also providing family fun entertainment and sports play free of charge to its patrons,” said Nikki Thorn, the county’s deputy public information officer, in an Aug. 12 email to the Courier-Tribune. “Their chefs are currently crafting a menu that will appeal to kids and adults alike along with a full service bar.”
An opening date will be announced, Thorn said, after necessary inspections are complete and licenses are approved.
Although no opening has been set, Reynolds said a social media post made alerting people the restaurant was coming has drawn a lot attention.
“The feedback from the community already has been great,” she said.