Whataburger Franchisee KMO Burger Crosses the Goal Line as it Opens its First Location in Kansas City
New restaurant includes nods to investor Patrick Mahomes
It’s game time. Whataburger franchise group KMO Burger, which includes MVP Patrick Mahomes, will open its first restaurant at 10780 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, June 7 at 11 a.m.
The new restaurant will be the fifth Whataburger in the Kansas City-area, following corporate-owned restaurant openings in Lee’s Summit, Independence, Overland Park and Blue Springs.
To celebrate this much-anticipated opening, the first two dine-in and first two drive-thru customers will receive a gift basket that includes vouchers for free Whataburger for a year.
“As part of KMO Burger, I am excited our team is opening our first location in Kansas City,” said Mahomes. “It’s great to bring a gift from my first home to my second home.”
The local team of 110 employees, who we call Family Members, will be led by Operating Partner Cesar Vera. The team is ready to serve the community through the dining room open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the drive-thru 24/7 daily. Along with a double drive-thru, self-order kiosks and a custom mural, the restaurant will include a Mahomes jersey and a plaque featuring #15, the NFL quarterback’s jersey number.
KMO Burger plans to open 30 Whataburgers over the next seven years, spanning from Wichita, Kan. to St. Joseph, Mo. Announced locations are:
- 400 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
- 11300 Nall Ave, Overland Park, Kan.
- 7791 W 159th St, Overland Park, Kan.
- Northeast corner I-435 & Bannister Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
- 14123 W 135th St, Olathe, Kan.
- 9100 Block MO-45, Parkville, Mo.
- Highway 152 & North Booth Ave, Kansas City, Mo.
- 8851 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, Mo.
Whataburger also will continue to grow its corporate-owned restaurant footprint in the area with two more restaurants planned to open later this year at:
- 1921 W Foxwood Dr, Raymore, Mo.
- 9505 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kan.
“We are thrilled to begin our market entry with the opening of the Parallel Parkway location and look forward to serving up Whataburger’s big flavors and fresh ingredients as we continue to expand,” said Jay Battle, KMO Burger’s Vice President of Operations.
A series of local events to celebrate the additional new restaurants will kick off with a groundbreaking for the 400 NW Barry Rd location in Kansas City, Mo. on Tues., June 14, with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Together, Whataburger and KMO Burger plan to hire more than a thousand talented team members this year. Those interested in working at a KMO Burger Whataburger restaurant can get more information on its competitive salaries, benefits and career-advancement opportunities at www.kmoburger.com.
Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio with more than 890 locations across its 14-state footprint and sales of more than $3 billion annually. Whataburger is a 2022 Top Workplaces winner. The brand has more than 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 60 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just like they like it. Visit whataburger.com for more information. To apply for Whataburger jobs, visit whataburger.com/careers.