Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the Country Club Plaza district has long been an upscale shopping district that successfully mingled local establishments with national retailers.  In 2005 the Plaza was without a barbecue restaurant, in a barbecue town.  To rectify this deficiency Highwoods Properties recruited Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue to open a new location in the Plaza and got in return both a local icon and a nationally recognized brand.

Jack Stack teamed up with CP&Associates and Pearce Construction to create a uniquely "Jack Stack" environment in a space that for years had been the home of a competitor in the barbecue business.  Visitors to the newest Jack Stack location will quickly notice that changes within go well beyond a change to the name and shift in the barbecue flavor.

After surveying the space and carefully considering the existing materials, finishes and equipment within, Fiorella's, CP&Associates, and Pearce acting as a team agreed that the space needed to be gutted to the structure so the design could reflect the uniqueness of the Jack Stack style and operations.  This was a daunting task for all participants as it was imperative that the doors open for business within nine months so that Jack Stack could take advantage of the holiday shopping season while launching their new restaurant location.