Plans underway to reopen JJ's Restaurant destroyed in February explosion, fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The streets in front of the former site of JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza will be filled with friends, neighbors and members of the community on Sunday.

JJ's co-owners Jimmy and David Frantze plan to hold JJ's 28 1/2 year anniversary party, which will be open to the public.

As the Kansas City community comes together to celebrate, Jimmy Frantze confirmed plans are underway to reopen the landmark restaurant that was destroyed in a February explosion and fire.

Frantze said he is looking at several locations as sites to build a new JJ's. He added that he isn't ruling out rebuilding at the restaurant's former location at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue in Kansas City.

Either way, he said he definitely plans to rebuild, although that process is still several months away.

JJ's server Megan Cramer was killed in the February blast and more than a dozen other employees were hurt. Several lawsuits have been filed that point fingers at who was responsible for the tragedy.

Sunday's celebration will start at noon. Bushwacker's BBQ team will sell hot dogs and sausages. Two bands are set to perform.

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