by Ivan Foley
LC’s Hamburgers might be a little behind its original target date but representatives from the popular burger joint say the business is still coming to a Platte City location.
LC’s Hamburgers, with a longtime presence in Platte Woods in a burger stand that has become a family tradition for many Platte Countians, is targeting a March opening at a strip mall in Platte City.
When The Landmark exclusively reported LC’s plans in late December, store owners were hoping for a mid-to-late February opening, so so the time frame has been slightly adjusted.
Harold Jordan, who says he will be co-owner of the Platte City location along with Mark Potts, owner of the Platte Woods restaurant, says the opening will be “probably toward the end of this month or the first part of March.”
Jordan on Tuesday told The Landmark the business has acquired a permit for renovations to the interior, which he says are underway.
“The city has been easy to work with. There are good people there,” he said of City Hall in Platte City.
One possible reason for the slight schedule delay is that the business has plans to place a large refrigerated container unit in back of the restaurant, which is located in a strip mall at 1302 Platte Falls Road, Suite A, in front of the local Price Chopper.
The city will require fencing be placed around the refrigerated container.
El Maguey Mexican Restaurant at the opposite end of the strip mall has a refrigerated container unit in back of its business. That unit has a short brick wall and fencing around it.
City officials have asked LC’s to do something similar to what El Maguey has done in regard to enclosing the unit.
“We’re getting ready to get that going,” Jordan said of the preparations for the fencing around the future spot of the refrigerated unit. “We’ll be getting bids on that work.”
DJ Gehrt, city administrator for Platte City, confirmed the city inspector has provided LC’s with a construction permit so the restaurant could get started on interior work “while they provide a solution for the outside freezer.”
A peek inside the windows of the location reveals signs of work being done to walls, etc., on the interior.
Jordan says the restaurant will “of course” have a drive-through window. A drive-through area is already in place from previous users of that location. The spot most recently was occupied by New Shanghai Asian Food.
Those who enjoy the Platte Woods LC’s experience will be familiar with what to expect from the planned Platte City location.
“We’ll have the same menu as the Platte Woods location,” Jordan has said.
Asked what makes the LC’s burgers popular with so many folks, Jordan said:
"The meat is never frozen. And our onions are seared into the patty, not served on the side. And everything is made from scratch.”
The menu will also include tenderloins, pork fritters, Italian steak sandwiches, specialty burgers like the 911 (with pepper jack cheese,
jalapeno peppers and buffalo sauce), onion rings, french fries, fried pickles and tater tots.
In recent years LC’s has added items such as tacos, Philly cheese steaks, chili cheese fries and bacon cheese fries to its menu, Jordan said.
And yes, the Platte City location will have ice cream, shakes and floats.
Jordan, who has worked inside the LC’s food truck when it has appeared at many Platte City community events, has said LC’s is strongly considering adding a breakfast menu to its Platte City location.
If so, that breakfast menu would include things like homemade potatoes and onions, bacon, sausage, eggs and toast.
“All these items would be $1 each. We would have a breakfast dollar menu,” he said.
Planned hours at the Platte City location for lunch and dinner will be Monday through Thursday 11-8, Friday and Saturday 11-9.
If the restaurant adds its breakfast menu, the hours for breakfast will be 7-11 Monday through Saturday, Jordan said.
LC’s location at Platte Woods, at 7612 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, first opened in 1973. It built a strong customer base that passed its fondness for the restaurant on to next generations.
Potts purchased LC’s from L.C. Ridenhour in 1998.
In 2014, the Platte Woods location suffered a fire that forced the restaurant to shut down for 10 months before it reopened in March of 2015.