Category Archives: New hours

Bravos changes name, avoids lawsuit

Bravos, the delicious downtown Italian restaurant I reviewed earlier this year, isn’t Bravos any more.

The restaurant was notified recently that it was being sued by big Italian chain Bravo Cucina Italiana because it was using a name that was already taken.

Rather than going to battle with a corporate giant, said Lita Zendeli, daughter of owner Kas Zendeli, the restaurant agreed to change its name, and the lawsuit was dropped.

The new name is Pasta Piazza Italian Restaurant, a name suggested by a loyal customer. The Zendelis are working on changing signage and labeling on the menus and expects to have the name transition complete within a month.

The restaurant also is changing its hours. Customers had requested that the restaurant open on Sundays, particularly with Music Theatre of Wichita season underway, so now, Pasta Piazza will be open on Sundays and closed on Mondays. The new hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 am. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-440-3359.

Doo-Dah Diner changes hours

Doo-Dah Diner owner and chef Patrick Shibley, clowning in the kitchen

The Doo-Dah Diner at 206 E. Kellogg  may possibly have been misnamed, says owner Timirie Shibley.

The restaurant, which has developed a steady word-of-mouth following since it opened three months ago, isn’t really all that diner-ish, customers have noted. The dishes, which include biscuits and gravy, meatloaf and chicken fried steak, all are fresh-made from scratch by Shibley’s husband, longtime restaurant fixture Patrick Shibley. The food might be a bit more cafe than diner, she says with a laugh, but c’est la vie.

Now, the restaurant is changing its hours because of a demand from customers. Previously, the restaurant’s only day off was Saturdays, but weekend breakfast seekers have been disappointed by that and asked the Shibleys to add Saturday service.

Starting this week, Doo-Dah diner’s new hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. It’ll now be closed on Mondays.

The Shibleys just introduced a new breakfast special that’s a monster of a meal and includes half-servings of three of its most popular dishes — the crispy corn beef hash, the “Timmy’s Benny,” and the banana bread French toast. It’s “a meal and a half” at $12.99, Timirie said.

For more information, call 316-265-7011.

Taste & See expanding, adding dinner

It started as a cooking school and party venue. Then last year, executive chef Jason Febres started serving lunch at his Taste & See at 3825 E. Harry.

Now, he’s about to achieve a long-held goal of adding dinner to his offerings.

Starting on June 1, Taste & See will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Febres said he will be serving a long list of tapas plus lighter options such as sandwiches and fish tacos. The heavier entrees on his menu, which he’s perfecting right now, will focus on global cuisine — Italian dishes, Spanish paella, Argentinian steaks, etc. Febres, who has a full bar, also will serve several exotic drinks, such as sangria, Limoncello and Brazilian caipirinhas.

Taste & See’s dining room recently has been remodeled, and there are now more booths, tables and a bar. Febres is moving his cooking classes and private parties to an adjoined room with 1,200 square feet, which is being fitted with a kitchen and should be done this summer. He also hopes to add patio dining this fall.

Taste & See will continue to serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-7393.

Newport Grill adding lunch

Newport Grill, the year-old seafood restaurant at 1900 N. Rock Road, will begin serving lunch the day after Thanksgiving — on Friday, Nov. 25.

Though managers are still finalizing a menu, they say it will include smaller, lunch-sized portions of several regular menu items plus some new sandwiches and burgers.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Newport added a Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., earlier this year. The restaurant also has introduced other regular specials, including $6 glasses of wine on Sundays, $5 martinis on Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays.

For more Newport Grill information, call 316-636-9555.

Scotch aims for after-church crowd

Scotch & Sirloin, the popular steakhouse at 5325 E. Kellogg, wasn’t getting very good crowds for its Saturday lunch hours.

So about three weeks ago, they cut out Saturday lunch and added Sunday lunch, hoping to lure an after-church crowd. The new weekend hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

The Scotch is offering both its regular dinner and lunch menus during Sunday afternoon service.

For more information, call 316-685-8701.

Old Mill Tasty Shop opening for weekend dinner

She’s been mulling it over for a while, and Old Mill Tasty Shop owner Mary Wright has finally decided that there’s no time like the present to extend her weekend hours to include dinner.

Starting this weekend, she’ll keep the restaurant at 604 E. Douglas open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

She’s hoping to attract crowds with her summer-friendly soda fountain and ice cream offerings. She also wants to help increase foot traffic downtown but says dining options are mostly bar-ish. She’ll offer a place for families to go.

Friday nights will be mashed potato nights, meaning Wright and staff will create some type of entree that’ll have mashed potatoes on the side. On Saturday nights, she’ll have a Southwestern specialty.

Wright plans to continue the later weekend hours through late August or early September.