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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.

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.

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.

Wimpys Burgers is Delano’s newest restaurant

unnamed (2)The restaurants just keep opening in Delano.

The latest is Wimpys Burgers, which opened the day after Thanksgiving in the former British Banger Company building at 1713 W. Douglas.

Owned by Bridgette Carr and named after the burger-loving character in “Popeye,” Wimpys serves White Castle-style square burgers plus fries, onion rings, fried pickles, hot dogs and chili cheese dogs.

The small dining room has about 12 seats, but most people take their food to-go.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, call 316-260-9531.

El Tenampa opens in Burger Barn space

El Tenampa opened Monday at 3302 W. Central.

A new Mexican restaurant opened Monday in the old Burger Barn space at 3302 W. Central, and it looks quite authentic.

It’s called El Tenampa, and it’s owned by Guillermo Botello.

He’s owned restaurants in Mexico and is opening his first restaurant in the United States in Wichita.

He specializes in tacos, gorditas and tacos filled with authentic Mexican meats, from asada to chicharron (pork skin) to lengua (beef tongue.) It also serves menudo.

The restaurant has a self-serve salsa bar, and Botello is working on a drive-through.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 316-425-0066.

New restaurant: Chelsea’s Carry Out

She had a career in human resources, but Chelsea Stroh decided she wanted to do her own thing.

On Nov. 1, she opened Chelsea’s Carry Out in the former Brats N Hots location at 601 S. Greenwich.

Stroh serves items such as double cheeseburgers, gyros, steak and chicken wraps and hummus. The restaurant has seven tables for those who want to dine in or people can place to-go orders.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. For more information or to place an order, call 316-425-7750.

Towne East’s cream puff store a get for Wichita

A classic vanilla cream puff from Beard Papa’s.

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse Chef Marshall Roth was in Towne East mall on Sunday when he saw something he thought he was hallucinating.

There, before him, was a Beard Papa’s — a cream puff chain Roth discovered when he was vacationing in Indonesia and later patronized when he was working as a chef in San Francisco.

“I was floored to see it,” he said with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Oh my god. Wichita has arrived. We are now truly an international food scene.’ ”

Beard Papa’s was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1999 and is big all over the region.

So far, there are 35 stores in the United States, and all of them are on the West Coast.

But on Saturday, local businessman Jack Fukuda opened a franchise on the upper level of Towne East Square, just outside Dillard’s.

It’s the first Beard Papa’s in the Midwest, but Fukuda says more are coming.

Beard Papa’s allows people to customize their own cream puffs, which Roth describes as being “the size of your fist.”

Marshall Roth and Beard Papa’s cream puffs: Reunited and it feels so good.

The restaurant has cream puff shells ready. Then customers choose which flavor they want inside. Options include vanilla custard, green tea, caramel and more.

It also has other pastries and serves coffee, espresso, tea and frozen coffee drinks.

Roth said that when the Beard Papa’s in San Francisco opened, it took at least an hour to get in.

Beard Papa’s is open the same hours that Towne East is. For more information, visit Wichita’s Beard Papa’s Facebook page or call 316-613-2233.