Saturday, September 24 2022

Mother Clucker!, a Kansas City-based restaurant specializing in Nashville Hot Chickenopens a second location in the former Big Bam burger joint in downtown Shawnee.

Leading the plans are Overland Park culinary couple Derrick and Kylie Foster, co-owners who are teaming up with Prairie Village’s Sheryl Vickers to spearhead the redevelopment of the former Big Bam site and the building just behind on the corner of Nieman Road and West 59th Terrace.

Culinary couple Kylie (left) and Derrick Foster are leading redevelopment projects with business partner Sheryl Vickers.

“We’re super excited, and we’re thrilled to be part of the growth and new business there,” Derrick said.

“Yeah, I think we come at the right time, to be honest; neither too soon nor too late,” Kylie added. “I’m super excited to really grow with the city and see what we can bring to it.”

The Fosters plan to begin construction in the next few weeks and hope to open Mother Clucker! in downtown Shawnee in early summer.

The restaurant will offer indoor dining, outdoor seating with a pergola and fire pit, curbside takeout, and contactless, cashless service.

Upcoming Retail Plans in the Growing Downtown

As part of a $1 million redevelopment plan for the site, Vickers and the Fosters will eventually renovate the building at 11111 W. 59th Terrace, fitting out the ground floor to make room for at least three future retail stores, boutiques or other small businesses.

The basement/basement will be reserved for offices or medical uses, including the new headquarters of Mother Clucker!

New retail spaces are coming soon to the site at 11111 W. 59th Terrace, next to Big Bam’s former food court.

The new business partner development company, Nieman Rd Dev LLC, is set to receive $80,000 from the City of Shawnee Economic Development Program to help fund the renovations.

The Shawnee City Council voted 6-1 Monday to approve the deal, with councilman Mike Kemmling voting dissenting, who opposes the program on principle because it allocates public funds to private entities. Councilor Angela Stiens was absent for the vote.

Putting Down Roots in Shawnee

The site for the new Mother Clucker site was previously that of Big Bam, which closed a few months ago.

The Fosters, who first met at the Culinary Institute of America (where they all fell in love with authentic Nashville Hot Chicken), said they’re excited about this next step for Mother Clucker! to establish their headquarters in a thriving part of downtown Shawnee and eventually grow their restaurant into a national franchise brand.

“I think we’re definitely looking for a forever home with this place,” Kylie said. “We’re really looking for it to be something that we can put down there, and it’s our corporate location where we can get franchisees to come and see the space, see how well-oiled the machine is and really be there for a while, just like Big Bam was.

The Fosters said they chose this site for several reasons, primarily because Shawnee’s convenient location may attract Johnson County customers who don’t want to make the trip to downtown Kansas City.

Additionally, Kylie said she has secured support from local entrepreneur Bo Nelson of Family Tree Nursery and Cafe Equinox, as well as city leaders and staff, for their venture.

Here is the new look planned for Mother Clucker! in the old city center of Big Bam.

Plus, Big Bam’s holds strong sentimental value for Derrick, who remembers flipping burgers for the late Joe Bacarro, Big Bam’s owner, years ago.

Bacarro was in the process of closing up shop and handing over the keys to someone else, but died during preparations for the Fosters and Vickers to purchase the building.

While some restaurants have struggled during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Derrick said he sees their growth at Mother Clucker! as a way to connect with the community in a time of social distancing and economic challenges.

“We just want to keep pushing forward and showing people the positivity, and giving people the opportunity to come in and have fantastic work,” Derrick said. “If the world is depressed, at least food brings people together.”

Mother Nailer! will also retain its original location inside Parlor KC, a food court in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Discover their menu herewhich includes chicken tenders, hot Nashville chicken sandwiches and fries.

Shawnee’s tentative hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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