(KCTV) -- The first of what is planned to be several Kansas City-area Whataburger locations opens Monday in Lee's Summit, three years after Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes quipped that he wished there were some in the metro.

Local officials are expecting several days of increased traffic as the first restaurant opens up at 11 a.m. Monday on Northeast Douglas Street just south of Interstate 470 in Lee's Summit.

In just two more weeks, the company will open a Whataburger on East Valley View Parkway near Eastland Center Court in Independence.

"We're excited to bring our big flavors, fresh ingredients and original recipes to Kansas City," said Whataburger Senior Area Manager Mike Garza. "We're looking forward to growing here and being part of the community."

Mahomes, who grew up in Texas and went to college at Texas Tech, made headlines three years ago when he called for Whataburger to open up franchise locations in the Kansas City area. Earlier this year, the company announced it plans to open 30 locations between Wichita and St. Joseph, MO, including the aforementioned locations in Lee's Summit and Independence, along with separate locations in Overland Park, Blue Springs and Raymore. 

The first of what is planned to be several Kansas City-area Whataburger locations opened today in Lee's Summit.

Those additional Kansas City-area locations and their anticipated opening dates are as follows:

  • 8420 W 135th St, Overland Park, Kan. – late 2021/early 2022
  • 905 Hwy 7, Blue Springs, Mo. – early 2022
  • 1921 W Foxwood Dr, Raymore, Mo. – summer 2022
  • 95th & Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan. – summer 2022

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