Category Archives: Just opened

Albero Cafe is open, and the food looks great

Albero Cafe opened on Wednesday in the former Bocconcini building at 4811 E. Central, and the food looks and sounds great.

The Italian chopped salad from Albero Cafe.

The Italian chopped salad from Albero Cafe.

It’s owned by Hassan Ballout, who worked for 10 years at nearby Bella Luna Cafe

The menu includes flatbreads, salads, panini sandwiches and pasta dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, Italian sausage penne and shrimp scampi.

Entrees included grilled grouper, grilled salmon, strip steak, chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan.

The restaurant also will offer several Italian sodas and will have a liquor license.

The antipasto plate from Albero Cafe.

The antipasto plate from Albero Cafe.

Its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-260-9667.

I like the looks of this antipasti plate, left, and I love a salami-laden chopped salad.

Anyone tried it yet? Let us know what you thought.

Raven’s Room is now open in old Pour Haus space

ravenThe new Raven’s Room Restaurant and Rock Bar opened on Thursday in the former Pour Haus Restaurant and Tavern space at 1021 W. Maple, which is at the corner of Seneca and Maple.

It’s owned by Jeravicious Raven, who is planning a grand opening in a couple of weeks.

Raven’s Room offers a menu that features burgers, fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms and other fried-food bar specialties. It has a full bar and soon will have beer on tap. (The fire that closed Pour Haus in 2012 damaged the tap system, and Raven is getting it repaired.)

In July, he’ll begin offering live rock music. In the meantime, he plans to have acoustic musicians in the bar.

Raven used to own Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar at 3008 W. Central. Pour Haus burned in August of 2012, and the fire was eventually ruled an arson.

Luau’s International Grill serves Hawaiian food

luau 1There’s a new tenant in the former Bali Cafe spot at 2716 E. Central: Luau’s International Grill, which focuses on Hawaiian and other International food and is open super late on weekends.

The restaurant is owned by Katie Lelei and a partner. Lelei grew up in American Samoa and has lived in Wichita since 2011. She has four kids and another full-time job at a bank, but she loves to cook, she said, and wanted to give a restaurant a go.

The menus offers items such as coconut chicken strips, coconut curry, a Hawaiian beef dish called manapua, and “spam musubi,” which is described as “two marinated cooked spam in sushi.” There’s also a deep fried burger, a Hawaiian burger and Hawaiian chicken wings.luau 2

The international side of the menu includes falafal, chicken scwharma and hummus schwarma.

There are a few tables and chairs in the tiny restaurant, which is decorated with Hawaiian touches.

Luau’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-477-0111.

Brickhouse BBQ: A Dodge City food truck transplant

unnamed (26)There’s a new barbecue food truck in town.

Brickhouse BBQ, owned by Sterling McPhaul, has operated successfully for several years in Dodge City. But recently, McPhaul decided to hit the road and relocate to Wichita.

His first time serving here was last Saturday, when he set up at Locke Supply at Harry and Woodlawn. He’ll be back there again this Saturday, May 10, opening at 11:30 a.m. and serving until he runs out of food, which last weekend was around 6:30 p.m.

McPhaul has a few events already on the books for the summer and also plans to serve lunches around town soon. He also hopes to become involved in the end-of-the-month Food Truck Rallies at the WaterWalk.

Soon, people will be able to track his Wichita progress at his Facebook page. Until then, the truck can be reached by calling 620-430-3062.

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.

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.

Lotus Leaf Cafe has completed its move

The pretty patio at the new Lotus Leaf.

The pretty patio at the new Lotus Leaf.

Lotus Leaf Cafe is back in business.

It reopened on Saturday in a bright sunny space with a bright sunny patio right next door to Taste & See at at 251 N. Washington in Old Town.

Lotus Leaf, which opened at 613 W. Douglas in Delano in November of 2010, closed in late March to start its move. The restaurant, owned by Jacquelyn Keefer, serves healthy foods made with all-nature, non-GMO ingredients.

The restaurants hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Additions in the new spot include a coffee/juice/smoothie bar, organic wine and beer and more menu item
For more information, call 316-295-4133.

New restaurant brings Moroccan food to Wichita

The popular couscous dish at the new Marrakech Cafe is served only on Fridays.

The popular couscous dish at the new Marrakech Cafe is served only on Fridays.

A new restaurant near 21st and Woodlawn is bringing a new cuisine to Wichita: Moroccan.

Former Wichita Eagle carrier Badreddine Rahali and his wife, Fatiha, opened Marrakech Cafe at 6257 E. 21st St. N. earlier this month in a space formerly occupied by a dry cleaner. It specializes in cuisine from Rahali’s native Morocco, which he says focuses on exotic spices and meats such as chicken, beef and lamb. His menu includes several deli sandwiches and meat and vegetable dishes cooked in a vessel called a “tagine.”  A popular menu item so far is a couscous dish, which layers seven different vegetables and couscous over meat. It’s available only on Fridays.

Side dishes include grape leaves, Moroccan salad and familiar dishes such as fattoush salad, hummus and baba ghanoush. The restaurant also serves fruit smoothies in flavors such as mango and pineapple, special juices such as creamy banana and creamy avocado, and several coffee drinks.

For now, the restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The couple plans to extend the hours and stay open until 10 p.m. soon.

They also plan to begin offering a lunch buffet in about a month.

For more information, call 316-765-7307.

Now open: Two new Wichita bars and one old one

Jerseys Grill and Bar has reopened at 3213 N. Toben.

Jerseys Grill and Bar has reopened at 3213 N. Toben.

Wichita has gained two new bars over the last couple of weeks, and an old one has reopened after closing down for a couple of months.

Cleats Sports Bar & Grill just opened a week ago in the old Shenanigans space at 1014 N. West St. The bar, owned by former Chalet owner Evan Spicer and his partner Shaun Colliatie, has lots of television sets for sports viewing and bar games such as pool and darts. Its menu features stuffed burgers, and a popular one so far is one that’s stuffed with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. The bar is open from 11 a.m. till 2 a.m. daily and serves food until 10 p.m. For more information, call Cleats at 316-201-1627.

Cross Eyed Cricket Tavern is another bar that just opened last weekend. It’s at 1110 W. Harry in the space that previously held Duke’s Bar and Grill. The business is owned by Hunter Weast, who always dreamed of opening a bar. He’s a fan of country singer Eric Church, who has a song that references a bar called the Cross Eyed Cricket, so Weast always knew that’s what he’d call his bar. He describes it as a relaxed neighborhood bar, and within a week, he plans to start serving hot and cold sandwiches. He compares his menu to The Artichoke’s. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Call 316-303-9300 for more information.

And Jerseys Grill & Bar at 3213 N. Toben, which closed in December because of a lapsed liquor license, reopened a few weeks ago with an updated interior, including a big new bar, and an updated menu. The restaurant has added flatbreads, new appetizers and several salads and also installed a shuffleboard table. Jerseys is putting its popular sand volleyball leagues together now and plans to reopen the court soon. Information on the leagues is available at the restaurant’s website. The bar opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at varying times but stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-636-5000.

Abelardo’s has turned into Los Jaliscienses

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The owners of Abelardo’s, a fast-Mexican restaurant that opened at the corner of Maple and West in 2010, packed up and headed back to Omaha, where the regional chain is based.

But they sold the business to a local man named Jose Carlos, who has changed the name of the restaurant to Los Jaliscienses. 

He took over on Dec. 1, and for now, he’s keeping the exact same menu and hours.

He has plans to eventually add items such as shrimp cocktail, menudo and more Mexican desserts.

The hours are 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call 316-351-7827.