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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.

Pho Cuong a new Vietnamese restaurant out east

Friday was the first day in business for Pho Cuong, a new restaurant in the old Koi Fusion space at 6605 E. 37th St. N. (Koi Fusion opened there in April but closed by early August.)

It’s owned by Cuong Huynh, who previously owned a Vietnamese restaurant in Fort Smith, Ark., and specializes in all the Vietnamese dishes Wichitans have become familiar with, from pho to the vermicelli noodle dishes known as bun.

Huynh remodeled the restaurant, which was an order-at-the-counter place. Now, the restaurant has table service. He says business has been good — and demand for pho was so high on Sunday that he sold out.

The restaurant is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-220-8218.

One restaurant opens, another closes

Talliano’s is gone, but a new pizza buffet has taken its place. Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria just opened in the spot at 8404 W. 13th that previously housed Talliano’s.

Uncle Joe’s, owned by Joe Arensdorf, has a buffet that has the white sauce Talliano’s fans loved — plus that amazing chocolate chip dessert pizza. But it also offers a choice of thin or thick crust, and patrons can order other items, too, such as wings, stromboli and pepperoni rolls.

The restaurant opened two weeks ago, and its hours are now 11 a.. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-351-5545.

Meanwhile, a short-lived Wichita Mexican restaurant has closed. The phone is disconnected and there’s a “for rent” sign in the window of El Maya, the Mexican restaurant that opened a year ago in the former Dyne Quik building at 1202 N. Broadway. The building is one of Wichita’s remaining Valentine diners.

Soft opening for Birds on the Roof

Thao Luu has opened her pretty Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe — but only sort of.

The restaurant at 550 N. Rock Road is in the midst of what she calls a “soft opening.”

For now, it’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays serving a limited breakfast and lunch menu, plus some baked goods.

Within the next couple of weeks, it will be open late hours, too, as well as on Mondays and Sundays.

It’ll also offer everything it had planned to originally, including lattes intricately decorated on the top and fanciful decorated cakes.

I stopped in a week ago and was impressed by the interior, done up in pinks and whites with modern, playful decor.

Reach Birds on the Roof by calling 316-558-8288.