Less than a year after announcing its comeback to the metro area, St. Louis-based restaurant Lion’s Choice plans to open its third location.

Lion’s Choice has targeted an October opening for its new store at 10313 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, the company said in a release. It joins locations in Independence and Olathe.

Panera Bread Co., known locally as Saint Louis Bread Co., wants to boost its evening business by testing a dinner menu, including new hot sandwiches. The bakery-cafe chain has always been open during evening hours, but targeted the breakfast and lunch crowd. Adding dinner items follows Panera's revamp of its breakfast and coffee menus in April.

The Kansas City area could become home to as many as 15 Lion’s Choice locations, CEO Mike Kupstas previously told the Kansas City Business Journal. He expects to reach nine locations in the next three years.

The restaurant’s initial expansion into the area in 1999 wasn’t far from its coming third location. The first store at 119th Street and Metcalf Avenue closed in 2002, lacking a support system or the proper marketing, Kupstas said.

Spencer Pernikoff, a St. Louis-based food and beverage photographer, earlier this week contributed to the Washington Post's latest digital product, called "By the Way," by writing a local's guide to St. Louis. "By the Way" is meant for "travelers who want a true local experience in the world's most popular destinations," the publication said.

But in 2013, Lion’s Choice sold to Millstone Capital Advisors and BlackRock Holdings, which would like to expand the concept into a regional — and maybe a national — player.

Earlier this week Lion's Choice donated a former north St. Louis County location of the St. Louis-based fast food chain to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The restaurant chain, known for its roast beef sandwiches, is donating the 0.95-acre site as well as the more than 2,771-square-foot building at 3407 Dunn Road to the nonprofit organization.

Lion's Choice is donating a former north St. Louis County location of the St. Louis-based fast food chain to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The restaurant chain, known for its roast beef sandwiches, is donating the 0.95-acre site as well as the more than 2,771-square-foot building at 3407 Dunn Road to the nonprofit organization.