Monthly Archives: December 2013

Restaurants, bars open tonight and on Christmas

chineseturkeyJust to recap: Lots of Wichita restaurants and bars will be closed or closing early today and tomorrow.

But not all of them.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve gathered up three lists you might find useful over the next couple of days.

The first one is restaurants open later on Christmas Eve. If you’re not sure about you favorite restaurant, just give it a call. Though most are closing early, I found. Here’s a list of who’s open later. 

Second is my list of restaurants that will be open and serving food tomorrow, on Christmas Day. It’s the usual collection of sports bars, Chinese places and Denny’s-esque diners. But a few nice places, such as Sienna Tuscan Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel downtown, will be open, too. Here’s that list. 

Finally, here’s a list of the local bars that will take you in on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day when you’ve reached your limit of family time.

Merry Christmas to all, and please eat something good.

Paradise Donuts on Maple moves opening to January

A peek inside the new Paradise Donuts.

A peek inside the new Paradise Donuts.

They meant to open in the fall. But things got busy.

Then the holidays arrived, and things got really, really busy.

Now, Marilyn and Hervey Wright III say they’ll open their second location of Paradise Donuts, near Maple and Maize, just after the first of the year. They’re hoping for early January, Marilyn said.

The couple took over Wichita’s first Paradise Donuts at 3107 W. Central in August.

The second store will be  in 3,000 square feet at 10607 W. Maple. Stay tuned for updates.

YMCA’s Cafe 402 has new owner, menu

Cafe 402 inside the YMCA has a new owner.

Cafe 402 inside the YMCA has a new owner.

The Hyatt, which opened the downtown YMCA’s grab-and-go Cafe 402 a year ago, pulled out in October.

As of this week, though, the cafe has a new owner and a new menu.

Jason Fisher, who has a long restaurant resume including a stint with Latour, is the new owner of Cafe 402. On Monday, he introduced a new menu that includes breakfast items plus lunch wraps, salads and a grilled three-cheese panini.

Fisher also has switched to locally-produced Prairie Fire coffee.

The cafe, which is open to the public as well as to YMCA members, will also include a carry-out counter with items such as hummus and chicken salad.

The cafe’s new hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. It’ll be closed on Sundays.

Arena-adjacent bar and pizza place open on Friday

The new Jetty's Pizza and Walkers Bar & Venue are this close to Intrust Bank Arena.

The new Jetty’s Pizza and Walkers Bar & Venue are this close to Intrust Bank Arena.

Mickey Lynch is ready to open his two-venues-in-one business, and he officially will on Friday.

At 5 p.m., both his Jettys Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue will open at 222. S. Commerce, just north of Intrust Bank Arena and south of the old Spaghetti Works building.

Jetty’s is a pizza restaurant that will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Walkers Bar and Venue will have bar food, drinks and live music several times a week. It’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The two businesses will be connected by a door, and people patronizing either one can order from the next-door menu, too.

On Saturday, Walkers will feature local band Blue Eyed Soul performing from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Those who want to check out Walkers before the opening day can do so on Wednesday. Hoping to attract people headed to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, Lynch is opening Walkers from 4 to 11 p.m. serving a limited menu.

Yamasa Japanese Grill is closed for remodeling, manager says

unnamed (8)Yamasa Japanese Grill, the fast-Japanese/sushi restaurant that opened in 2007 at  327 N. Hillside, is closed — but apparently only temporarily.

The restaurant, which belongs to Great Wall empire owner Benny Lin, has been closed for about a month. A manager at Great Wall says that Lin is out of the country until the end of December but said that Yamasa will be remodeled and should reopen in a few months.

For now, the doors are locked, the chairs are upside down on the tables and part of the sign is missing.

Lin opened a second Yamasa in 2010 at 407 E. Pawnee, but it converted into a Great Wall about a year later.

I’ll keep you posted.

Make your Christmas dining plans now

Oh Yeah! China Bistro is among the Wichita restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day this year.

Oh Yeah! China Bistro is among the Wichita restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day this year.

After several people e-mailed me this week wanting to know where they could dine out on Christmas Day, I decided I’d better get going a little early this year.

I could have waited until next week, but then you’d be making your plans with only five days to spare.

So here it is: My annual list of restaurants that are open on Christmas. I’ll be in town this year and will be choosing one from the list myself.

It’s the usual collection if Asian restaurants, bar and grills, a couple of hotel buffets and some 24-hour family dining places.

Let me know if you notice any I missed.

Music, free stuff at Birds on the Roof opening

Toubia on the job at Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe.

Toubia on the job at Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe.

Birds on the Roof   at 550 N. Rock Road opened in August, and owners have been fine tuning in since then. It now has a new menu, new hours and a new chef, all of which will be celebrated during the restaurant’s grand opening celebration on Saturday. 

Customers who visit on Saturday will get a free cookie. If they visit from 7 to 9 p.m., they can enjoy music from a live band and win door prizes.

The new chef is Nathan Toubia, formerly of Bocconcini Italian Eatery, the restaurant he closed in August. Toubia has helped revamp all the menus at Birds on the Roof and also has recently added dinner. The menu includes many Bocconcini-esque dishes such as lemon chicken, pork saltimbocca, and beef with mushrooms. There are also soups, salads and desserts such as panna cotta and bread pudding.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 316-558-8288.

Big B’s Beef re-opening today in Delano

An Italian beef sandwich, with hot giardiniera from Big B's Beef.

An Italian beef sandwich, with hot giardiniera from Big B’s Beef.

Today is the first day in business for the relocated Big B’s Beef, now at 605 W. Douglas.

The restaurant, which formerly operated at 4628 S. Seneca, is owned by Brian and Liz Bathgate and specializes in Chicago-style style sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, soups and Italian beef and sausage. The new location comes with a few new menu items, including the addition of salads and soups.

Big B’s Beef also will deliver. During the first weeks of business, it’ll deliver only to addresses in Delano, but the Bathgates plan to start delivering downtown soon, too.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-522-2333.

All the deliciousness, none of the sugar

Looking to make your holidays a little less sugary? Check out this cooking event on Thursday:


OB diabetic dessert flyer

Jason Febres’ Food Network moment happens Sunday

1471910_740311169331376_1116565259_nThe episode of Guy Fieri’s new Food Network Show featuring Wichita chef

Jason Febres, who owns the new Taste & See in Old Town, airs on Sunday, a network spokesman said.

“Guy’s Grocery Games” is set in a grocery store, and each episode pits four chefs against each other to compete in cooking challenges with levels of difficulty thrown in. Febres filmed the show last summer.

It airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on Food Network, Cable Channel 40 in Wichita.

The episode is called “Holly Jolly Meals,” and judges include Richard Blais of “Top Chef” fame.

Meanwhile, Febres has traveled back to California to participate in another Food Network show, though he’s not saying which one yet.

He has, however, been hinting about it repeatedly on the Taste & See Facebook page.

Guy Fieri, host of “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

These aren’t his first T.V. gigs, either.

Back in March, Febres appeared as a kitchen coach on an episode of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”