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Jack Stack Unveils Premier Event Venue Fiorella’s

Full Service Event + Catering Experience in Overland Park’s Renovated Ritz Charles

Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Jack Stack

Jack Stack has always been much more than just barbecue. And now the restaurant is accentuating that point with the opening of Fiorella’s, a new event venue and full-service catering experience in Overland Park.

Featuring a multi-million dollar renovation of the former Ritz Charles, the 18,000 square feet of space is made up of five salons that can be used separately for smaller gatherings, or together for large events. With the ability to serve between 20 and 1,300 guests comfortably, it’s just as perfect for weddings, corporate events and concerts as it is for fundraisers, galas and more intimate get togethers with friends and family. 

“From a design style perspective we’ve created a rustic yet modern feel that serves as a blank canvas,” says Cameron Baraban, marketing team member at Jack Stack Barbecue. 

In the culinary space, Fiorella’s will leverage Culinary Director Chris Hall’s passion for fine dining and banquets to create custom menus.

“Most people don’t know this, but Jack Stack has been catering non-barbecue events for many years now,” Chris says, referring to the company’s catering business, which will now be hosted in the new facility. 

“With Fiorella’s, we get an incredible opportunity to lean into our ability to produce fresh, craveable food ranging from traditional American cuisine to Latin, Indian, Italian and everything in between,” says Chris. 

Yet the menu is just one element of watching an event come together the way someone dreams it. 

The family-owned operation’s commitment to remarkable hospitality over the past 60 years has been pivotal to the growth of its brand. It’s what sets Jack Stack—and now Fiorella’s—apart, says Cameron.  

“We really try to understand, what feeling would you like your guests to have when they walk out of your event?” says Cameron. 

Choices of table linens, decorations and details such as neutral colors and soft seating fixtures create a level of flexibility that allows Fiorella’s to completely transform the space to fit any vision. 

“We can literally take your concept, and bring it to life,” says Cameron. “We get to curate the experiences as they’re imagined by the people who host events here. We can change the space to meet whatever their needs are.” 

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