Leawood neighborhood fights new barbecue restaurant because of its smell

LEAWOOD, Kan. - Residents in a north Leawood neighborhood are fighting to keep a new barbecue restaurant from moving into the area because they say the smell would "infringe upon the rights of the nearby property owners."

Developers want to turn the closed Ranchmart post office at 95th Street and Mission Road into a new barbecue restaurant called 'Slab-N-Pickle.'

Vicki Price has lived behind the post office for more than 15 years and said the smell of barbecue would hurt the value of her property.

"I love barbecue, but I don't want to smell it 24/7," Price said.  "You're going to have the odor.  You're going to have the noise. It's going to be open until midnight on the weekends and 11 during the week."

Price said her neighbors' backyards sit 50 feet from the proposed restaurant, which would have and outdoor patio with a bar and three TVs.

"It just makes my neighbor's backyard unusable for anything," Price said.  "I want to see something done with post office but a sports bar?"

Price is one of many concerned residents who are collecting signatures for a protest.

The Leawood Planning Commission voted the project down 4-3 on Jan. 24, but kitchen equipment and restaurant tables have already been moved into the post office.

The commission's concerns with the applicant's current proposal regarded noise level, landscaping, Sunday deliveries and odor.

NBC Action News tried contacting the restaurant's management, but no one has been able to be reached.

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