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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.

Now open: Two new Wichita bars and one old one

Jerseys Grill and Bar has reopened at 3213 N. Toben.

Jerseys Grill and Bar has reopened at 3213 N. Toben.

Wichita has gained two new bars over the last couple of weeks, and an old one has reopened after closing down for a couple of months.

Cleats Sports Bar & Grill just opened a week ago in the old Shenanigans space at 1014 N. West St. The bar, owned by former Chalet owner Evan Spicer and his partner Shaun Colliatie, has lots of television sets for sports viewing and bar games such as pool and darts. Its menu features stuffed burgers, and a popular one so far is one that’s stuffed with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. The bar is open from 11 a.m. till 2 a.m. daily and serves food until 10 p.m. For more information, call Cleats at 316-201-1627.

Cross Eyed Cricket Tavern is another bar that just opened last weekend. It’s at 1110 W. Harry in the space that previously held Duke’s Bar and Grill. The business is owned by Hunter Weast, who always dreamed of opening a bar. He’s a fan of country singer Eric Church, who has a song that references a bar called the Cross Eyed Cricket, so Weast always knew that’s what he’d call his bar. He describes it as a relaxed neighborhood bar, and within a week, he plans to start serving hot and cold sandwiches. He compares his menu to The Artichoke’s. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Call 316-303-9300 for more information.

And Jerseys Grill & Bar at 3213 N. Toben, which closed in December because of a lapsed liquor license, reopened a few weeks ago with an updated interior, including a big new bar, and an updated menu. The restaurant has added flatbreads, new appetizers and several salads and also installed a shuffleboard table. Jerseys is putting its popular sand volleyball leagues together now and plans to reopen the court soon. Information on the leagues is available at the restaurant’s website. The bar opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at varying times but stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-636-5000.

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks opens on Thursday

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks, an upscale “sports lounge” in the old Louie’s Grill and Bar space, will open on Thursday.

The restaurant, said managing partner Tina Giles, is “unlike anything Wichita has seen.”

It’s a sports bar, she says, but is fancier and more comfortable than is typical. It’ll have 22 big screens, 23 beers on tap and a menu of entrees made fresh daily, such as pizzas, burgers, steaks and more.

Once it’s open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road, the hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-977-7107.

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks to open this fall

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks will go into the old Louie’s Grill and Bar space at 9747 E. 21st St. N. sometime this fall.

It’ll be a sports grill with live entertainment, lots of televisions 60 inches or larger and live entertainment. The menu will feature bar-and-grill style food.

Louie’s, which also was a bar and grill, closed in March. The restaurant is an endcap in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

I’ll provide more details as they come in.

Now open: Shoeless Joe’s Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys

David Chaffin, who just opened Sholess Joe's Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys.

Restaurateur David Chaffin, known for founding Player’s, opened Shoeless Joe’s Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys on Tuesday at 2315 W 21st St. in the space that most recently held a Jimmy’s Egg.

I drove past the restaurant, and it looks sorta like a mini-Player’s, full of wood and sports memorabilia. The menu looks familiar, too. It’s full of old Player’s dishes and was created using the same font from the old Player’s menu.

The most popular menu item so far, Chaffin said, is the Philly cheese steak sandwich. He’s also serving salads, burgers, wings, nachos and more.

Food is served from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The bar stays open until people go home or 2 a.m., whichever comes first

Question of the week: Best sports bar food?

Tis the season when football fires back up, followed closely by all sorts of basketball action. That means that sports fans across Wichita will be jockeying for seats in local sports bars where they can watch their favorite teams surrounded by fellow fans.

This week’s question, which is inspired by my review of Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar: Which local sports bar serves the best food to enjoy while you watch the game? What do you order?

Answer in the comments section below.

Twin Peaks opens today

Ladies and gentelman, er, gentelman: Your wait staff.

Twin Peaks, a new bar and grill going into the former Timberline spot at 8310 E. 21st St., joins Hooters and Emerson Biggin’s on Wichita’s growing list of double-entendre, male-focused, scantily-clad waitress restaurants when it opens today.

Its specialties (besides waitresses in super low-cut short-shorts and Daisy Duke, chest-baring crop tops) appear to be standard bar food fare such as chicken fried steak, burgers and sandwiches.

A first glance at the menu reveals a few unusual, tantalizing options: BBQ pulled pork nachos, a flat iron steak, venison chili and blackened fish tacos among them. Entrees average about $11 or $12.

The restaurant will open from5 p.m. to midnight today. It’ll keep those hours until Monday, when its regular hours will take over: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

First impression: Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar

Fat Tony of Fat Tony's.

I’ve been meaning for weeks to check out Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar, the new restaurant that opened about a month ago at 417 E. Douglas, just a few blocks from the Eagle.

I was a little skeptical, mainly because lots and lots of restaurants have opened in the old Marple Theatre on Douglas. And all of them have closed pretty quickly.

A blurry interior shot, but you get the picture.

But after today’s visit, I think this one might have a chance.

Fat Tony’s is set up as a sports bar, and a super giant projection screen where the theater’s movie screen once hung shows sports. This afternoon, the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament drew a healthy crowd.

The menu consists of standard bar fare — burgers, sandwiches, wings, deep fried goodness such as fried pickles, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, etc.

And there’s also a pretty large pizza menu. We tried the Philly Cheese steak pizza, which was deadly delicious thanks to the healthy layer of Cheez Whiz lurking under the surface. It also was topped with shredded beef, green peppers, onions and mozzerella. A medium (the smallest size) was more than enough for my dining companion and myself, and it cost only $12.99.

Fat Tony’s is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-303-9316.

New(ish) places to dine

While we were all busy shopping and prepping for Christmas, a few restaurants opened in Wichita that you might not know about.

One of them is La Fiesta, a Mexican restaurant that opened about a month ago in the former El Rancho space at 4722 S. Broadway. La Fiesta is part of a small regional chain that also has restaurants in Salina and McPherson, and specializes in dishes such as enchiladas suizas and one of my personal favorites, molcajetes, pictured above.

La Fiesta is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 316-440-3228 for more information.

Also just opened: Full Moon Pub and Grub, which opened recently in the former Yogi’s space at 2804 S. Seneca. It’s owned by Charlie Badeen and David Allan of Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill, Mulligan’s Pub and O’Brien’s Irish Pub and is a sports bar serving a full menu of burgers, bar food and pizza.

Coming soon: Fat Tony’s

The sign went up a few weeks ago promising Fat Tony’s Pizza in the former Marple Theatre building at 417 E. Douglas, and I’ve been curious ever since.

So today, I laced up my walking shoes, trekked the four blocks west and banged on the papered-over doors.

Inside I found a large group of people working on the new restaurant and sports bar, which should open around Jan. 15. Owned by Bryan Shapiro (who also has Doc Howard’s in Old Town), Fat Tony’s will be a sports-oriented restaurant and bar that will have a full menu but will focus on New York-style pizza. It’ll be open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The manager was pretty mysterious about other details, but I’ll check back soon.