Should I expect long lines at the new Independence Whataburger? Yes

By The Examiner staff

The Independence Whataburger at U.S. 40 and Valley View Parkway will be the second in the metro area. 

When does the Independence Whataburger open?

The company says it opens at 11 a.m. Monday. It's open until midnight. Then it opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday for dine-in customers, and the drive-through stays open 24/7.

The Independence Police Department says to expect significant traffic disruptions on U.S. 40 from Interstate 470 to Little Blue Expressway.

Will there be long lines?

That's a safe bet. When the Lee's Summit location opened, earlier this month on Douglas Street near Saint Luke's East Hospital, traffic on Douglas backed up north to Interstate 470. 

What's the plan for traffic?

Police are rerouting traffic along some busy roads. Their traffic plan starts at 6 a.m. Monday and runs through Friday.

Drivers coming in on I-470 – either direction – are directed to take Interstate 70 to the east, then Little Blue Parkway to the south, then U.S. 40 to the west. Police will have two right-hand exit lanes from U.S. 40 into Whataburger. 

Other disruptions:

• Whataburger traffic will not be able to enter from Valley View Parkway, as that route will be blocked.  

• People going to other stores or restaurants along Valley View Parkway should enter Valley View from the north at the traffic light with Little Blue Parkway (Blue Ridge Bank & Trust, Corner Cafe and Culver's). 

• Traffic going west on U.S. 40 will not be able to turn left (south) onto Little Blue Parkway,

• Traffic going north on Little Blue Parkway will not be able to turn left (west) onto U.S. 40. 

The city says it worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation on the traffic plan.

Independence police spokesperson Jack Taylor said Whatavurger is paying for officers who will be in the parking lot directing traffic.

What's on the menu?

The company lists four “All Time Favorites” – the mushroom and Swiss burger, the patty melt, the green chile double and the chicken strip sandwich.

Also on the menu: salads, breakfast and a “lighter and smaller” category.

How many calories in a Whataburger cheeseburger?

One regular burger at Whataburger has 590 calories, according to fatsecret.com, with 25 grams of fat, 62 grams of carbs and 29 grams of protein. A Whataburger Junior comes in at 300 calories.

Some items have quite a few more calories – 1,110 for the mushroom and Swiss burger and 865 for the breakfast burger.

Is this store affiliated with Patrick Mahomes?

No. This is a corporate-owned location. The group Mahomes has invested in plans to start opening stores next month.

Where else can I find a Whataburger?

The company, based in San Antonio, Texas, has more than 850 locations in 14 states. It plans 14 metro locations — Parkville to Olathe to Raymore — by 2023.

The Lee's Summit location is at 1460 N.E. Douglas.

When does the Blue Springs Whataburger open?

The location at 905 S. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs opens in early 2022, according to the company.