Category Archives: Restaurant memories

Question of the week: What are your Larkspur memories?

A restaurant can’t thrive in a city for 20 years without creating a few memories for its residents.

Maybe it’s because it’s right across the street from where I work, but I have more than a few personal memories associated with Larkspur, which is celebrating 20 years of business starting this year. (Read my hot-off-the-editor’s-desk story about Larkspur here.)

I bid professional farewells to more than a few fabulous co-workers in that restaurant, including former symphony writer Chris Shull and movie reviewer Bob Curtright.

I watched my best friend Jaime’s new boyfriend (now husband) serenade her at Larkspur’s grand piano one night a few years ago.

I have spent countless lunch hours eating Metro salads and tirimisu by the window with Bonnie, and I let more than a few tears flow into my Sauvignon Blanc under the protective wisteria ceiling of Larkspur’s beautiful patio.

I know I’m not the only one. What are some of your best Larkspur memories? Share in the comments section below.

Happy birthday to Larkspur

Ty Issa has owned Larkspur for the second half of its 20-year life.

I spent my morning with Ty Issa across the street at Larkspur, reminiscing about the long run his popular downtown restaurant has had. They’re starting their 20th year of business this month, which is quite a feat for any restaurant.

To celebrate, Ty is putting on a customer appreciation party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. The event will be on the patio and in the banquet hall, and he’ll have free appetizers, drinks and music.

My dining story for this Friday will be about Larkspur’s big birthday, so before I went to visit with Ty this morning, I dug up the restaurant review we published when it first opened back in 1992. Very few of the original dishes remain, but it was a fun read. Plus, my late friend Diane Lewis wrote the review, and I can hear her voice in it. Thought you all might enjoy it. Keep reading.

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Edible memories

Ah, the Innes Tea Room -- a place where tired shoppers could don their white gloves and break for a lovely lunch. It's one of many restaurants Wichitans have said they miss.

Ah, the Innes Tea Room -- a place where tired shoppers could don white gloves and break for a lovely lunch. It's one of many restaurants Wichitans have said they miss.

The biz team has been dreaming for a few days now about restaurants Wichitans wish they had, which got me to thinking about one of my favorite topics — restaurants Wichitans wish they STILL had.

Back in 2004, I did a story about long-gone but beloved Wichita restaurants, and reporting it had a lasting effect on me. For months afterward, I wished I could invent a culinary time machine so I could — just once — taste the lamb shank at Cafe Chantilly or wear white gloves while nibbling little sandwiches at the Innes Tea Room.

Other restaurants readers mentioned: Albert’s, Pasta Mill, the Looking Glass, Hickory House, Mr. Dunderback’s and more.

What gone-but-not forgotten restaurants do you most  miss? (I’m sure we all can agree to add Angelo’s to the list now.) Let’s start a discussion in the comments.