Habanero’s opened its doors in 1996 as a vision of owners Joe Lange and Vince Totta. Joe an avid pilot and Architect and Vince also a pilot and long time restauranteur, saw a need for a first class authentic Mexican dining experience in Lee’s Summit.
In an effort to create a unique eye catching theme for the business, the idea of mounting a real plane on the roof soon became a great idea. With the purchase of an authentic Piper Tomahawk airplane, Joe researched how to go about anchoring a plane to a building. After hearing of a McDonalds in Arkansas that had an airplane on its roof, Joe jumped in his plane and paid them a visit. Joe engineered how to do it and soon made the airplane on the roof a reality. Now the aeronautical theme is carried throughout the restaurant from bar drinks to menus and wall deco. Habanero’s is now known by its mascot, “Habey, home of the flying pepper”.
With the building construction in motion, they moved on to hand picking the staff to make Habanero’s number one for quality food and service in town. Sylvia, the kitchen manager, oversees the heart of the house and makes the most delicious authentic Mexican dishes in the business. General Manager, Tarie Merideth came on board in 2000 as a server and bartender and quickly moved into management. Soon after, Tarie earned the role of General Manager. Tarie’s vision and drive ensuring guests enjoy their dining experience has been the driving force behind Habanero’s success as the best place to go in Lee’s Summit.
It has been exciting to be a part of so many families at Habanero’s. We truly have the best customers in town!
Come in and enjoy what our customers already know. We believe you will feel the difference when you walk in the door. And after you sit down at your table, stop and enjoy the atmosphere while sipping on your favorite beverage. It is then you will realize you are home at Habanero’s.