Category Archives: About-to-open

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.

Funky Monkey Munchies food truck coming in March

The future Funky Monkey Munchies food truck is being painted now.

The future Funky Monkey Munchies food truck is being painted now.

The Wichita food truck fleet is expanding again.

Lisa Palacios and her husband, Eddi, plan to open Funky Monkey Munchies in March. Palacios said she got the vintage-looking truck as an anniversary present last year and has been working on getting it into shape ever since.

She’s focusing on healthy fusion food made mostly from non-GMO, organic and locally sourced ingredients.

“We were eating healthy, and I thought, ‘We can actually bring health food in this truck to the people of Wichita at a decent price,” she said. “There will be no additives, no preservatives. It will be clean food.”377191_426879037408814_1336546273_n

Palacios plans to have a rotating menu featuring a variety of cuisines from Mexican to French to Asian food — and more. She’ll park at various spots around town and at first will be open for lunch only and also will cater special events.

Palacios’ father is working on the truck now and will give it a purple-on-the-bottom, white-on-the-top motif. The purple is an homage to Palacios’ mother, who died last year from pancreatic cancer.

For more information about the truck, visit and like its Facebook page. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Delano is about to add two restaurants

The inside of the new Ruben's a month and a half ago

The inside of the new Ruben’s a month and a half ago

West Douglas in Delano is becoming quite the dining destination, and during the next couple of weeks, two more restaurants will open there.

The first will be (finally!) Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas, which owners Ruben an Anita Acosta hope to have open by Friday. The restaurant has been in transit since April, when it moved out of its spot at the corner of Douglas and McLean (which has since been demolished.) The Acostas originally hoped to be reopen last spring, but a long list of delays slowed them down.

The new restaurant will have an upgraded dining room and Ruben’s already familiar menu of Tex-Mex favorites.

The new Big B's Beef interior, in progress.

The new Big B’s Beef interior, in progress.

About a week later, Big B’s Beef should complete its move to 605 W. Douglas, right next to Hatman Jacks’s. Owners Liz and Brian Bathgate are moving their restaurant from its original spot at 4628 S. Seneca and hope to be open by Dec. 2. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and will offer delivery to businesses in Delano and downtown.

Big B’s serves Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef and gyros and will add soups and salads. For more information, call 316-522-2333.

Green Olive will open in the spring

MamaDeaux is out. Green Olive is on its way in.

Sam Eddine has a big space attached to his Marco’s Cantina at 6600 W. Central, and he’s trying to find the right fit for it.

He opened a new version of his one-time restaurant MamaDeaux Seafood House — a Cajun restaurant — in the spot back in 2011. But he closed it a couple of months ago, he said, because the food costs were too high and Wichitans weren’t embracing the concept.

Now, there’s a new sign on the building that reads “Green Olive.” Eddine says that he plans to turn the space into a new fast-concept Mediterranean restaurant that will specialize in Mediterranean pizzas cooked in a brick oven, falafel, schwarma and more. The restaurant will have its own entrance but also will be accessible from Marco’s.

Though Green Olive is months from opening, Eddine had to put the sign up, he said with a laugh, because he had nowhere to store it.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Metro Grill going into old Bartelli’s space

Metro Grill is expanding westward. Photo courtesy of Natasha Creasman.

I blog on a weekend only when the gravity of the situation merits it.

Moments ago, I was folding laundry when dining panelist Natasha Creasman texted me news of an exciting development. A sign in the old Bartelli’s Pizzeria spot at 10330  W. Central indicates that a Metro Grill will open there. Bartelli’s vacated the space in September after 10 years in business.

I immediately called Michael Gonzalez out at his Waterfront location at 10096 E. 13th St., and he confirmed it. Metro Grill will open in that space in about a month.

“The west side has said they want us for a long time,” he said.

The restaurant will have all his regular menu items, including his fabulous BOB and Cuban sandwiches. Customers will order at the counter, take a number and wait for their food to be delivered to the tables.

Gonzalez said he got a great deal on the space and couldn’t turn it down.

He also told me that he plans to start serving alcohol in his Waterfront location next week and will have a grand re-opening event. I’ll let you know more about that soon.

Gold star for Natasha.

Cow & Sow Deli a farm-fresh oasis downtown

A very cool new deli/mini-grocery is officially opening Saturday at 612 E. Douglas. But potential customers can stop in today to look around and pick up free samples.

Inside the Cow and Sow Deli

Cow & Sow Deli, owned by Tracy Coln, is on the bottom floor of the Renfro apartments, right next door to John Barleycorn’s.

Coln has farm ties, and her store focuses on farm-fresh, locally grown ingredients and groceries.

Cow & Sow also will have a coffee, pastries, a salad bar and also will serve sandwiches that will be made on the wonderful bread made by Newton’s Crust & Crumb Co., which also will be sold by-the-loaf at the store.  It’ll have vegan and gluten-free options each day.

There’s also a tiny grocery area that sells items such as farm-fresh lettuce, all-natural beef, farm-made cheeses, all-natural jellies and condiments and in-season vegetables. They have will have a few necessities, such as toilet paper and chap stick.

The deli has a few seats along the window, but there’s more seating in the space next door, which Coln also owns. 

Today, it”ll be open offering free samples of some of their food. I stopped in this morning and picked up a Crust & Crumb chocolate croissant.  Saturday’s grand opening hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The normal hours, which start Monday, are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

I predict I’m going to be spending a lot of time in this little spot.

For more information, call 316-260-2523.

First rule of restaurants: They take (way) longer to open than you think

Jetty’s Pizza’s thissssss close to opening.

When a restaurateur tells me that he plans to have his restaurant open on a certain day, I always add a month or two.

I have almost never seen a restaurant open when its owner said or thought it would, and the most common reasons are construction and inspection delays. At the last minute, something doesn’t arrive or doesn’t work properly. And even if that doesn’t happen, city inspectors work at their own pace, and it always takes longer to get the green light than owners anticipate.

Take Jason Febres, who originally said he would open his new Taste & See Global Cuisine last Monday, Oct. 21. He encountered a variety of the above-mentioned problems, which were beyond his control, and he still isn’t open. The last time I got him on the phone, he said he was hoping for early next week.

Construction issues have also slowed down Ruben’s Mexican Grill, which owners Ruben and Anita Acosta started relocating from Douglas and McLean to a new spot at 915 W. Douglas back in April  The original plan was to reopen by May. About a month ago, they said they were aiming for Oct. 15. Now, Ruben says, it’ll be early November.

Wasabi west has a sign and a finished interior… but no opening date.

Jetty’s Pizza, the new arena-side restaurant being opened by businessman Mickey Lynch, is another example. He had hoped to open on Oct. 1, but now, he’s looking at the first part of November. The interior is nearly done, and Lynch has posted a billboard recruiting workers. He’s in the hiring process now and says he’ll have an update for me next week.

The most classic example of a delayed opening is Wasabi, the sushi restaurant at 912 E. Douglas. Back in 2010, owners said they’d open in January, which turned into February, March then April. The restaurant finally opened in late July of that year.

Owners have been working on a west-side Wasabi at 2402 N. Maize Road for even longer. Owners initially said it would open last December. Then, they said June. I drove by recently and the sign is up and the interior appears almost finished, but when I checked today, I was told that the opening date is now “in a month or so, but nothing is for sure.”

It happens.

I’ll keep you updated on all of the above restaurants.

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks opens on Thursday

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks, an upscale “sports lounge” in the old Louie’s Grill and Bar space, will open on Thursday.

The restaurant, said managing partner Tina Giles, is “unlike anything Wichita has seen.”

It’s a sports bar, she says, but is fancier and more comfortable than is typical. It’ll have 22 big screens, 23 beers on tap and a menu of entrees made fresh daily, such as pizzas, burgers, steaks and more.

Once it’s open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road, the hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-977-7107.

Taste & See Global opens Oct. 21; old spot will have lunch, events only

Chef Jason Febres gave me a tour of his under-construction Taste & See Global Cuisine at 255 N. Washington (inside the former Doc Howard’s space) this afternoon, but he wouldn’t let me take any pictures that showed much of the restaurant. He wants customers to be surprised by the custom-designed interior on opening day, which is scheduled for Oct. 21. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as brunch on Sundays.

The space is big — 4,536 square feet — and it will feature lots of seating, a big bar, a large outdoor patio, a tapas area and a set of wine lockers, where regular customers can store their stash.

It’ll also have an open kitchen prep area and a giant projection screen so that diners always can watch what’s going on in the kitchen. “I call it interactive reality cooking,” Febres said.

Oct. 20 will be the last day that Febres’ original space, the Taste & See inside Office This at 3825 E. Harry will be open for dinner. Once the new restaurant opens, the original will serve lunch only and also will be used for private events.

Febres has hired two sous chefs, and the three will split their time between both restaurants, he said.

The new restaurant will feature several of Febres’ classic dishes, including ceviche, paella and gaucho steak. But he also plans to add several dishes and plans to utilize his “molecular gastronomy” skills.

The dishes he has planned will use touches like truffle foam. One dish he described fro the new menu is a flash-seared ahi tuna with plantain hash browns with hydroponic watercress, tamarind reduction, fried tofu and wasabi texture.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opens Monday

Monday is opening day for the new Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.

The Charlotte, N.C.,- based restaurant chain, started by Wichitan and Lone Star Steakhouse founder Dennis Thompson and some partners, will open for business at 11 a.m. Monday at the Waterfront, 10096 E. 13th St. N.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opens on Monday.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Wichita’s Firebirds is the 26th to open.

The menu features items such as slow roasted Prime Rib, a BLT salad, wood grilled salmon, lobster spinach queso and creme brulee cheesecake. Firebirds also has a happy hour special that offers half-price drink specials and appetizers at the bar and outdoor patio from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to see a menu, visit the Firebirds website.