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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.

La Fiesta is now Mexico Viejo

Mexico Viejo

Mexico Viejo

Sometime last week, La Fiesta became Mexico Viejo.

Customers who drive past will notice a new sign is up at the restaurant at 6920 W. 21st St. A manager said that the restaurant has new owners, though he declined to say who. He said the menu is slightly different but not much else, including the hours and the interior, has changed.

La Fiesta took over the space in November of 2011. It had been La Mesa before that.

Paradise Donuts opens a second store today

The Wrights and their crew on opening morning.

The Wrights and their crew on opening morning.

The second location of Paradise Donuts opened early this morning.

Marilyn and Hervey Wright III, who opened the first Paradise Donuts at 3107 W. Central back in August, now also have a store at 10607 W. Maple, near Maple and Maize roads.

This one is bigger than the original, Marilyn said, and has more of a coffee shop feel. It’s bigger, has some areas of comfortable seating and eventually will be open later in the afternoons to accommodate people or groups such as book clubs in search of afternoon coffee and dessert.

The menu will include everything the original Paradise has, including both cake and raised doughnuts as well as breakfast burritos,  as well as items such as cheesecake, pie, muffins and cakes. It also has a fully stocked coffee bar.

The hours for the first few weeks are 5 a.m. to noon Mondays through Saturdays and 6 a.m. to noon on Sundays. Then, they’ll extend the hours to stay open until 4 p.m.

For more information, call 316-201-6380.

New El Salvadoran restaurant for Wichita

unnamed (19)One Central American restaurant has closed, but another has opened in its place.

Restaurant Nicatropical, which specialized in Nicaraguan and Honduran food, opened then closed quickly late last year in a tiny blue building at 2117 E. Central. (Wichita Eagle Dining Panel member Phil Warren had a review of the place all ready to go the day it closed.)

A few weeks later, the building got a darker shade of blue paint and a new tenant:  Restaurante Antojitos Salvadoreno, which is serving El Salvadoran items such as empanadas de platano (plantain emapanadas) and pupusas.

Wichitans who’ve dined at the popular Usuluteco Restaurant  at 1714 E. Northern, already are familiar with El Salvadoran pupusas, which are handmade corn tortillas stuffed with various delicious fillings.

The new restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Cheezies Pizza adds a downtown location

A new Cheezie's Pizza just opened at 601 E. First St.

A new Cheezies Pizza just opened at 601 E. First St.

Downtown has a new to-go pizza place.

The second Wichita location of Cheezies Pizza, a chain based out of Oklahoma, opened two weeks ago at 601 E. First St., just down the street from Bite Me BBQ.

The first Wichita  Cheezies opened in early 2011 at 3804 W. Maple. The franchisee of both is Mike Ryno, who also owns Wichita’s  Tracy’s Automotive stores. In fact, the new Cheezies has an adjoining door to the Tracy’s at 525 E. First St. N.

So far, the restaurant has no permanent signage and is easy to miss if you’re not looking. Graffiti spray paint and some “now open” signs are the only identifiers.

Cheezies serves $4.99 large pepperoni or cheese pizzas and other one-topping larges for $5.99. It also offers a list of $8.99 large specialties such as deluxe, taco pizza or chicken bacon ranch, plus stromboli, sandwiches, breadsticks, calzones and chicken wings.

Ryno said he hopes to add a patio to the downtown Cheezies this summer, but for now, it’s to-go only. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on the new restaurant, call 316-267-2439.