Aspen’s Restaurant & Lounge opens near 151st and Metcalf in Overland Park

Aspen's Restaurant & Lounge, an upscale dining and live music experience, has officially opened at 6995 W. 151st Street in Overland Park. Photo via Aspen's Facebook page.

Aspen’s Restaurant & Lounge, an upscale dining restaurant offering a live music experience, has officially opened in south Overland Park.

Where exactly? Located at 6995 W. 151st St., the new restaurant had a soft opening in June.

  • The space, found near 151st Street and Metcalf Avenue, had been previously occupied by Llywelyn’s Pub.

Background: Formerly known as Dior Restaurant, Aspen’s opened in September 2021 by former paramedic firefighter Cary Ricks before closing earlier this summer to undergo some major changes.

  • In addition to a name change, the restaurant’s decor, food and ownership have all changed.
  • “We are thrilled to welcome you all back for some exciting new changes under our new ownership,” Dior’s former OpenTable page reads.
  • Aspen Ricks, wife of the former owner, took over ownership as part of the changes, according to restaurant staff.

Menu: Aspen’s American-style menu has a variety of entrees, including burgers, pasta, steaks, sandwiches, salads and some seafood options.

  • The restaurant’s starters also include cheesy bread, calamari, spinach artichoke dip and lobster avocado toast.
  • For dessert, Aspen’s is serving up several classic options with a twist, such as its Biscoff cookie creme brulee or waffle cone crusted cheesecake.

Live music: In addition to its food, Aspen’s also gives patrons the chance to enjoy live music each weekend.

  • Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, local musicians will perform to provide guests with a little extra entertainment to accompany their meal.
  • A lineup for the musicians playing at the restaurant during the month of August can be found on Aspen’s Facebook page.

Grand opening: Although the restaurant is already open, Aspen’s is preparing to celebrate with an official grand opening on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • The event is set to include a DJ, Aspen’s “swag,” free appetizers and a drawing for Aspen’s gift cards.
  • Patrons interested in attending the event can RSVP on the restaurant’s OpenTable site.