Category Archives: New owners

Brints Diner, a Valentine diner, is back in business — again

unnamed-16You just can’t keep Brints Diner down.

The restaurant, which operates out of a tiny Valentine diner at 4834 E. Lincoln, closed late last month, the third time the restaurant has closed since longtime owner Jessie Medina shuttered it in October of 2012.

New owner Larry Harmon, the founder of Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill, gave the place a thorough cleaning and quietly reopened the doors a couple of weeks ago, he said.  His menu is similar to what regular Brints customers had come to expect and focuses on “country breakfast” items plus diner lunches ranging from burgers to salads.

Brints hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It’s closed on Sundays.

The restaurant is famous not only for its 2007 inclusion on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” back in 2007 but also for operating inside a Valentine diner. About 2,000 of the buildings were made by Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing between 1938 and 1971, and architecture buffs are still passionate about them.

For more information, call 316-440-8338.

Anna Murdoc’s feeding late-night munchies

The owner of Anna Murdoc’s Cafe, which opened in July at 209 E. William, has decided he wants to feed the after-bar crowds on Friday and Saturday nights.

Last weekend, owner Gerard Rodriguez added late-night hours and now plans to open the cafe from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

He’ll be serving a rotating menu of dishes that will appeal to overnight diners, such as juevos rancheros, sushi and more. He’ll post the menu on the cafe’s Facebook page around 9:30 p.m. each night. (The cafe does not serve alcohol.)

Anna Murdoc’s also will offer a variety of live entertainment.

In its daytime life, Anna Murdoc’s serves breakfast and lunch, coffee drinks and more from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-5051.

Gindi now specializes in Asian burgers

Gindi, the Asian food/ sushi place at 7010 W. 21st St. N. that opened in January of 2009, has a new owner — and a new concept.

Phillip Say said he recently bought the restaurant from Roungaroon “Lou” Kumgool, who opened Dawn Thai Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at 1220 N. Rock Road in Derby earlier this year.  He’s changed the name, slightly, to Gindi Asian Gourmet Burgers, and he’s populated the menu with burgers made with Asian flavors and toppings. Monday was his first day executing the new concept.

Say has kept a few of the Thai dishes and sushi items previously available at Gindi, but he wants customers to try his Asian burger concept. He makes his own buns and makes his patties from fresh beef, topping them with ingredients such as wasabi, kimchi, cilantro, green onions, fried eggs, Sriacha sauce and more. He also has salmon burgers and serves fries. The burgers average around $5, he said.

Say is a little concerned that people won’t know that the concept has changed, since the name and signage remain mostly unchanged, and will miss out on trying his Asian burgers, popular in the big city but unknown here, he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-729-5855.

The Kiln at C. Major: Old venue, new approach

The music venue at 110 S. Hillside best known as C. Major’s Rockin’ Daddy’s  has a new name, new owners and a new approach.

The venue has been run by local musicians Clif Major and Kathy Roush Major for years, providing a place for local musicians to jam, perform and hang out. But recently, Clif , who’s faced cancer-related health problems over the past several years, decided to give up the lease. The space now is being run by Mike and Beth Babb.

The Babbs have turned the venue into a weekend-only coffee shop, restaurant and music venue that will serve as a not-for-profit fundraising arm for their Freedom At Last Ministries. They officially re-opened last weekend, after re-carpeting and and re-painting, and are calling it The Kiln at C Major, opening at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and serving coffee, desserts and food such as sandwiches and chili and cornbread. Alcohol won’t be served.

The Kiln is featuring table service, but it’s not technically charging for food. Those who visit are asked to give donations in return for their meals. The venue will offer live music each night it’s open from the types of acts C Major patrons are used to seeing. This weekend, Rachelle Coba is on the bill. The Jukes, which feature the Majors, will perform there once a month.

Kathy and Clif are still very involved in the operation, helping the Babbs however they can, Kathy said.

“Clif is just thrilled,” she said. “It’s got our spirits up and takes a burden off our shoulders.”

British Banger Company in transition

Fans of British Banger Company at 1713 W. Douglas alerted me recently that the restaurant has been closed for several weeks. But I stopped by today and visited with owner Pete White, who says it will reopen on Jan. 30.

White, who two years ago opened the restaurant that specializes in British foods such as bangers and mash, has had a pretty stressful year, personally. Now, he has to return to England and has taken on a partner to keep the restaurant running. Austin Newby, who has experience in several restaurant kitchens, will take over the operation of the restaurant.

When it reopens, British Banger Company’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays though Fridays and noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays, when Newby will serve a sausage with peppers special.

Keep up with the developments on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

New restaurant, new patio, new owner

Luca Italian Kitchen in Old Town Square should be open in about 15 days.

There’s all kinds of news in Melad Stephan’s dining world

Stephan, who owns Oeno and Sabor and the soon-to-open Luca Italian Kitchen in Old Town Square, plus Press out east at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb, recently sold one of his restaurants — Egg Cetera, the breakfast restaurant at 242 N. Mosley that he’s owned since June of 2005. (I’m working on getting information on the new owner. So far, all I know is that his name is Manuel.)

“I just need to not worry at 6 o’ clock in the morning,” Stephan said of his desire to sell the breakfast and lunch restaurant. “I have enough worries from 9 to 2.”

I drove past Luca today, and it’s coming along nicely. Stephan says he hopes to have it open by June 14 or 15. When I visited, workers were painting shelves, and when I peeked inside, I could see that Stephan is reconfiguring the space to make it look different from its former incarnation as Uptown Bistro. The menu is coming together, created by Gianluca Sciagata, the restaurant’s new Italian chef, who moved here from Aspen, Colo. Stephan says he’s most excited about tasting the chef’s homemade mozzarella and homemade pastas.

Sabor's pretty new patio, which faces Old Town Square.

Also, Stephan finally has his patio at Sabor opened, with seating for about 25. It’s a very pretty little patio, and Stephan says he has approval to put one on the front side of Luca as well. He also has obtained approval to expand his Oeno patio all the way back past the side of his new banquet room, and once he prices fencing, he’ll get started on that project.

Once Stephan sends me the Luca menu, I’ll share more details.

The return of Lil’ Mexico

FOOD ENCHILADAS 2 DEI got an e-mail last week from a distraught fan of Lil’ Mexico at 1601 E. Pawnee who said that the restaurant appeared closed and the phone number no longer worked.

Today, I talked to Cheryl Powell, who just took over the restaurant from the previous owners. It closed right around Thanksgiving, but Powell, who also owns the Burger Barn on West Central, reopened it a week ago with the same menu.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-267-0594.