Two restaurant openings

Two more reasons to give thanks this Thanksgiving week: Wichita is getting two new restaurants.

A.V.I. Sea Bar & Chophouse, Ben Arnold’s and Adam Courtney’s new restaurant inside the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, is now officially open. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant’s bar will be open later. You can view the meaty, seafoody menu right here.

Also, La Fiesta Mexican restaurant opens Saturday in the former La Mesa space at 6960 W. 21st St. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Good news: My friend, Jaime, regularly dines at the La Fiesta in Wellington and says it is muy bueno.

A.V.I.’s official opening date: Nov. 21

A.V.I. Sea Bar & Chophouse, the restaurant that’s going into the newly remodeled Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, has a pretty new sign — and an official opening date.

Owner Ben Arnold, who’s partnering with local chef Adam Courtney on the restaurant, told me yesterday that it will open on Nov. 21. Arnold has been waiting on an elevator from Canada that has been delayed, delayed and then delayed again. He’s decided to stop waiting and open, though the elevator is supposed to arrive in a couple of weeks.

Once open, A.V.I.’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant’s bar will be open later.

I peeked my head in while I was shooting the pic of the sign yesterday, and crews were busy finishing up the interior, which included muted, classy colors, a stone wall and a balcony overlooking the main dining room. I have plans to meet Arnold for a tour next week.

While you wait, feel free to study the menu. And check out the cool sign I shot a few weeks ago at the Broadview while hanging with the Democrats.The guy in the red coat is Courtney.