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Amber Waves a new beer fundraiser by Starkey

I count any day I find out about a new beer/wine fundraiser as a good day. Today was one of those days.

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Jamie Opat from Starkey, Inc., stopped by to tell me about Amber Waves, a new beer stroll planned for May 16 in Delano. It sounds sort of like the popular Winefest Walkabout only with beer in Delano instead of wine in Old Town.

The event includes 13 participating Delano businesses who will offer 2 oz. pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Those who attend buy a $50 ticket and stroll from store-to-store sampling the beer. Several of those stores also will offer hors’ d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. Already signed up are stores such as All Things BBQ, Bluebird Arthouse and Twist Yarn Shop.

The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of those businesses would normally be closed. Money raised goes to Starkey, Inc.  More information and tickets are available at www.amberwavesict.com. 

New Applebee’s at 13th and Greenwich opens today

Does this mean they don't want to see me today?

Does this mean they don’t want to see me today?

Today is opening day for the new Applebee’s at 11317 E. 13th St. The new restaurant is in the Plazzio development at 13th and Greenwich and sits between Sumo and Jose Pepper’s at the development’s main entrance.

This Applebee’s replaces the one that’s operated since 1990 at 21st and Rock Road. It closed earlier this month in preparation for the transition.

Customers will find a big patio at the new Applebee’s, and it will eventually have an indoor/outdoor fireplace, too.

Its hours will be the same as all other Applebee’s — 11 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information, call 316-652-0234.

Oliver’s Little Italy to shut is doors on Saturday

oliversOliver’s Little Italy, the Italian restaurant that opened last fall in the old Angelo’s spot at 1930 S. Oliver, will close at the end of business on Saturday.

The location hasn’t worked out for a variety of reasons, said chef Scott Cosentino, whose girlfriend, Dyan Gordon, owns the restaurant. Cosentino said they hope to find another location but don’t know where that would be. They’ll keep the Facebook page up and running so that customers and fans can keep track of their next move.

For more information, call 316-260-6395.

Restaurant deals make Tax Day hurt less

Tax Day is Tuesday.

Uplifting thought: A few restaurants offer specials on Tax Day to help ease the pain.

0411-arbys_full_600Depressing thought:

Here’s a list of just a few. Let me know if you hear of any others.

Schlotzsky’s: The sandwich chain is offering a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips a 32 oz. drink on Tuesday.

Arby’s: For the fourth year in a row, customers can get a free snack-sized serving of curly fries with a coupon

Sonic: The drive-in is offering half-price drinks and slushes all day on Tuesday.

Spangles: The local restaurant chain is offering a free 16 oz. cyclone ice cream treat with the purchase of another 16 oz. cyclone.

Papa John’s: Papa John’s is offering a large, five-topping pizza for $10.40. Use the promo cod M414 Tax. The special is good today and Tuesday.

Newport Grill: On Tuesday only, diners can deduct $3 from their lunch bills and $5 from their dinner bills.

Rip’s Rib Shak food truck adding stationary restaurant

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Rip’s Rib Shak, the mobile barbecue trailer that Steven Pittman and his father-in-law Kevin Smith opened last summer, is about to get a brick-and-mortar brother.

The duo plus Pittman’s wife and Smith’s daughter, Alexis Pittman, are opening a stationary version of Rip’s Rib Shak in an old Phillips 66 station at 611 W. Harry. They hope to have it open by mid-June and plan to serve the same menu made popular by the trailer: St. Louis-style spare ribs, pulled pork, hotlinks, burgers and chicken legs cooked on a Himalayan salt block. The small space has some room for seating, and Pittman hopes to eventually add outdoor seating, too.

In the meantime, Pittman is serving from the trailer, which is parked right in front of the future business, starting at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. He keeps serving until he runs out of food, which he said is usually around 5 or 6 p.m.

Pittman, who has worked at several barbecue restaurants over the years, plans to still use the truck for special events and to travel to barbecue competitions.

Keep up with the progress on the Rips Rib Shak Facebook page.

Mooyah adds pick-up window

moo yah drive thruMooyah, the burger restaurant at 352 S. West St., has just added a drive-through pick-up window.

It’s not a typical drive through where customers order on the spot. It’s intended for people who call ahead or place online orders and want to drive up to pick up their food rather than park, go in the restaurant and stand in line.

Anthony Powell, who opened the restaurant in November of 2012, said he was impressed by the volume of business neighbor Cinnamon’s Deli did with its pick up window and decided it was something that would make sense at Mooyah, too.

“I’ve already had a lot of people say, ‘This is great,’ especially moms with kids,” Powell said.

To place a Mooyah order in advance, either call the restaurant at 316-558-5600, visit the Mooyah website or download the Mooyah app.

Bonefish Grill introducing Saturday lunch

bonefishgrilllogoWichita’s Bonefish Grill is adding Saturday lunch.

The first one will be this coming Saturday, April 12, at the restaurant, 10250 E. 13th St N. The restaurant now has a separate lunch menu that includes a fish sandwich, fish and chips, a vegetarian pasta, a burger and its famous Bang Bang shrimp served in both a Po’ Boy and tacos. It also has a few items from the main menu, including crab cakes and filet mignon, served at  a reduced price. You can check out the full lunch menu on the website.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when Bonefish will switch over to the regular menu. Only a few Bonefish Grills across the country are serving Saturday lunch.

For more information, call 316-315-0299

It’s time to form your Easter eating plan

hamIf you stop eating now, by April 20, you should have just about enough stomach space available to survive a visit to one of Wichita’s lavish Easter Sunday buffets.

Easter is just a little more than a week away, and it’s time to start planning.

Many of Wichita’s very nice restaurants are offering extra-fancy versions of their Sunday buffets, including Ya Ya’s Eurobistro and Newport Grill. Others who aren’t in the brunch business will have them for that special occasion, including Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.

Diners also can get Easter milkshakes at Jimmie’s Diner or fried chicken with a side of shrimp and ham at Stroud’s.

Peruse my annual list of Easter buffets and make your plans — and your reservations — now.

Several Wichita Subways have touch-screen drive-throughs

The Subway downtown at Kellogg and Broadway just finished undergoing a big remodel, and when it reopened, it included something amazing and futuristic: A touch-screen drive-through kiosk.

Today, my colleague Annie Calovich and I ventured over to test it out.

The kiosk replaces the regular drive-through completely. Customers drive up and, if they manage to get close enough, roll down their windows and start pressing buttons. The computer takes them through the entire ordering process and allows them to choose whether they want a sandwich or salad, which bread they want, which veggies they want, whether they want to add chips and a drink and more.

There are buttons to indicate if extra banana peppers are desired, for example, or just a little less mayo. And customers also have the option of paying with a credit card at the kiosk or paying at the window.

It’s fun, for sure, though it tends to flummox those unfamiliar with the self-serve world. We managed to get through and to the front in just a couple of minutes but saw others struggling. A staff member came out to help when it got to be too much for one car.

The kiosks also are in place at the Subways at Pawnee and Broadway, 1-135 and Hydraulic, Central and West, Park City and Goddard.

New Asian restaurant will deliver downtown

Bamboo Express, a new restaurant in the former Taco Tico space at 929 N. Broadway, delivers within a two-mile radius.

Bamboo Express, a new restaurant in the former Taco Tico space at 929 N. Broadway, delivers within a two-mile radius.

Downtown dwellers who love Asian food but don’t love venturing out to get it have a new option.

Bamboo Express, a fast-service restaurant owned by first time restaurateur Tina Yang, will deliver food within a two-mile radius. The restaurant opened several weeks ago in the former Taco Tico building at 929 N. Broadway. There’s also plenty of room for dine-in customers, and the space is clean and bright through otherwise unchanged from its Taco Tico days.

The restaurant serves standard Chinese dishes such as sweet General Tso chicken, sweet and sour pork, Kung Pao beef and shrimp and vegetables. It also has fried rice, lo mein, and egg drop and hot and sour soup. Entrees cost between $6.99 and $8.99.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays an Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

See the menu here, and to place an order, call 316-558-8484 or 316-448-2879.