Category Archives: Restaurant closings

Oliver’s Little Italy to shut is doors on Saturday

oliversOliver’s Little Italy, the Italian restaurant that opened last fall in the old Angelo’s spot at 1930 S. Oliver, will close at the end of business on Saturday.

The location hasn’t worked out for a variety of reasons, said chef Scott Cosentino, whose girlfriend, Dyan Gordon, owns the restaurant. Cosentino said they hope to find another location but don’t know where that would be. They’ll keep the Facebook page up and running so that customers and fans can keep track of their next move.

For more information, call 316-260-6395.

Food truck turnover: Two trucks calling it quits

Happy trails, Schoenhals. We'll miss your Cake Faces.

Happy trails, Schoenhals. We’ll miss your Cake Faces.

Two food truckers have announced recently their plans to park.

One is Cake Face Bake Shop, whose very nice owners Summer and Dave Schoenhals, are moving to Oregon for a job opportunity. (They explained the circumstances on their Facebook wall.)

The couple is selling the truck, an 18 x 8 upgrade they bought in August. They’ve posted an ad offering the truck and all of its contents for sale on Craigslist. I’ll miss these two, who have been a happy and constant presence on Wichita’s food truck scene since the very beginning. I’ll also miss their delicious food.

Also, the food truckers who last summer bought the Schoenhals original rig also are closing up. Joseph and Cherre Nestelroad, who last fall opened a pizza food truck called The Rolling Dough, posted last week on the truck’s Facebook wall said that they have too much going on in their lives, especially with two small children, to keep the business going. The post indicated that the couple was open to considering giving it another go when their kids are older.

Downtown sports bar is out of business

photo (41)One of  Wichita’s best big screens for watching sporting events has gone dark.

It appears that Fat Tony’s, the sports bar that opened at 417 E. Douglas in spring of 2011  featuring a 26-foot-tall screen, is no longer in business. The restaurant’s Facebook page indicates it has closed as does a sign posted on the door, the giant dumpster sitting out front and the disconnected phone number.

Fat Tony’s, owned by Bryan Shapiro (who also had nightclub Doc Howard’s in Old Town), will be remembered for many things, not the least of which was its crazy food challenges. I’ll never forget watching local foodie Frank White come nearly die trying to complete the restaurant’s lethal hot wings challenge.

I’ll let you know if I hear anything from the owner.

Bali Cafe will close on Feb. 7

I’m sorry to report that Bali Cafe at 2716 E. Central is closing, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Their last day in business will be Feb. 7.

Angga Heinrich, a former accountant, and her mother, Farietni Abbas, opened the restaurant in May, specializing in cuisine from Indonesia. I had several friends tell me that they liked the food, and it was on my “to-review” list.


Famous Valentine diner Brints closed again

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Brints Diner is closed again. But it could reopen soon, said the building’s landlord, Homer Morgan.

The restaurant, which has operated in a Valentine Diner at 4834 E. Lincoln for more than 50 years, has been through several owners over the past year.

Longtime owner Jessie Medina closed it in October of 2012. Shortly after, Neighbors Bar & Grill owner Chuck Giles took it over and ran it until this summer before deciding he was more of a one-restaurant man.

Morgan found new operators, but they recently fell behind on the rent, he said. He served them with an eviction notice a week ago, and by Friday, they were gone. The diner has been closed since.

Morgan says he has another restaurateur interested in running Brints under the same name, but he speculates the diner will be closed for at least a month.

Brints is famous not only for its 2007 inclusion on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” 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.

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Former Brints Diner owner Jessie Medina with Guy Fieri back in 2007 when the diner appeared on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Other Valentine diners in Wichita include Grinder Man at 510 E. Pawnee, Sport Burger at 134 N. Hillside, and the now-closed Dyne-Quik/El Maya at 1202 N. Broadway.

Brints first opened in 1960 but was called Hunt’s Diner. Its next owners changed the name to Brints, which has stuck through present day.

I’ll keep you updated on the new owner.

Yamasa Japanese Grill is closed for remodeling, manager says

unnamed (8)Yamasa Japanese Grill, the fast-Japanese/sushi restaurant that opened in 2007 at  327 N. Hillside, is closed — but apparently only temporarily.

The restaurant, which belongs to Great Wall empire owner Benny Lin, has been closed for about a month. A manager at Great Wall says that Lin is out of the country until the end of December but said that Yamasa will be remodeled and should reopen in a few months.

For now, the doors are locked, the chairs are upside down on the tables and part of the sign is missing.

Lin opened a second Yamasa in 2010 at 407 E. Pawnee, but it converted into a Great Wall about a year later.

I’ll keep you posted.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant is closing, but owners hope to relocate

Sushi from Sakura Japanese Restaurant.

Sushi from Sakura Japanese Restaurant.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant, which has served sushi and other Japanese fare at 7820 E. Harry since 2006, will close at the end of business on Dec. 31.

The lease on the space is up, said owner Ernice Low, and she wants to move the business elsewhere.

She hasn’t been able to find a new place yet but says her plan is to relocate the restaurant. For now, she says, she’s going to rest while she searches.

She promised to update me if she found a new space.

Call 316-613-2828 for more information.

Kosta the Greek will close soon

Kosta the Greek, the restaurant that opened at 2308 S. Meridian in February, is closing. Kosta Kiosses says the last day will be right before Thanksgiving — probably Nov. 25 or 26.

The area just wasn’t busy enough, Kiosses said. He’d love to reopen someday, he said, but if he did, it would be somewhere like the east side.

Kosta the Greek serves traditional Greek foods such as gyro sandwiches, Greek salad, souvlaki with homemade tzatziki sauce and spanakopita.

For more information, call 316-260-3230.

Taco Town closes two months after opening

Two months after opening Taco Town in the old Taco Tico building at 11333 E. Central, Larry and Rosemarie Ross have closed the business.

They just weren’t making it, said their daughter, Amber Hehnke, and negative reviews on Yelp didn’t help, she said.

“People who utilize technology such as Yelp don’t realize how much it hurts new local businesses,” she said.

The Rosses previously had operated a Taco Town in Scottsbluff, Neb. They decided to move themselves and the business to Wichita to be closer to their Hehnke and her family.

Bartelli’s Pizzeria is apparently closed

It’s not looking good for a very good pizza place in Wichita.

I got an e-mail from a reader this weekend telling me that on Sunday, he was in Bartelli’s Pizzeria, the restaurant at 10330 W. Central opened in 2003 by Bruce Bartel, and that employees told him it was the restaurant’s last day in business.

Though I have been unable to reach Bartel, the restaurant space is listed for lease, and an agent with Landmark Commercial Real Estate confirms that the space is available.

I drove to the restaurant today, and it was closed during what should have been normal business hours. The tables had cleaning products sitting out all over them.

I used to love Bartelli’s, which served big, delicious New York slices long before Picasso’s even existed. But since I don’t have much occasion to get to Central and Maize anymore, I haven’t been there in a while.

I’ll let you know if I get any more details.