Spice Merchant opening a tea room

Bob Boewe, tea man

Tea rooms have come and gone from Wichita over the years — but mostly gone lately.

Wichita’s local tea expert Bob Boewe plans to change that soon. By the end of this week, Boewe will open a new tea room in The Spice Merchant, the shop he runs at 1308 E. Douglas.

It’ll be called Tea Room at The Spice Merchant, and it will be set up in the building’s mezzanine that faces Douglas. Boewe said he’s refreshed the room with bright colors and inviting decor, and it’ll seat about 50.

The tea room won’t serve lunch or high tea, but he will serve scones, cookies and brownies baked on site, as well as daily selection of the shop’s many teas.

Last fall, Boewe opened Eli and Alan Teas for all Tastes in a space in his shop that until 2004 housed a popular lunch spot. He initially planned to put a few tables in the space for tea service but ran out of space. Several customers had asked him to find a way to offer tea service, Boewe said, especially since all of Wichita’s tea rooms have closed over the past several years.

The tea room will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Boewe says he will accept appointments for large groups of tea drinkers.

Call 316-263-4121 for more information.