Anna Murdoc’s closed, but only until Monday

downloadAnna Murdoc’s Cafe, the coffee shop and restaurant at 209 E. William owned by Gerard Rodriguez and family, has been closed since last Wednesday, June 11.

But the shut-down is only temporary, Gerard said. The restaurant will reopen with its normal hours on Monday.

The restaurant needed a good scrubbing, said Rodriguez, who now also is running the Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria at 2411 N. Maize Road.  And there’s a lot going on at the moment with the family, which also includes R Coffeehouse owner Angelo Rodriguez, who just had a baby. R Coffeehouse is at 1144 N. Bitting in Riverside.

Gerard hinted that there’s a big concept change in the works for Anna Murdoc’s but he’s not ready to share details yet, he said. It’ll continue to exist as is for several months.

Stay tuned for updates.

Free gelato for mug owners on Friday

If you’re out tromping around with the Final Friday crowds tomorrow, you can find some creamy, cold relief at Anna Murdoc’s Cafe.

The downtown coffee shop will be the site of   KMUW’s sixth annual Fill Your Mug event. Caffe Moderne, the creators of the best peanut butter/chocolate gelato I’ve ever tasted, is providing the gelato for

It lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Anna Murdoc’s, 209 E. William, and will offer a cupful of gelato to people who bring their KMUW mugs to the event.

Those who don’t have mugs can get a cup at the event, which also will feature music from Raging Sea and Aaron Newton.

Admission is free.

First Tuesday talk will feature local food celebs

Schane Gross

Two of Wichita’s most recognizable restaurant celebs will be speaking as part of a panel at Creative Rush’s First Tuesday talk, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. tonight.

Schane Gross, owner of downtown’s popular bar The Anchor, and chef Jason Febres, the chef and owner at Taste and See, will be two of the three panelists talking about “Success in the Unexpected.”

Local musican Ryan Windham also will be on the panel. The talk will be at Bluebird Arthouse at 924 W. Douglas.

The panelists will speak for about 45 minutes, then they’ll answer questions.

Anna Murdoc’s Cafe will be providing Indian tacos, and Febres is bringing dessert. Admission is free.

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.

Red Barn closed, but owner plans new Mexican restaurant

Michael Rodriguez, who ran The Red Barn, plans a new Mexican restaurant.

The Red Barn  is gone.

The restaurant , which sat on the east side of Lake Afton and was operated by Michael Rodriguez and his family since 2010, had its final wedding this weekend, and the owner,  state Sen. Dick Kelsey, is putting the building up for auction on Nov. 12.

Michael  is planning a new Mexican restaurant, though, said his son, Gerard Rodriguez. They’re not ready to announce details yet but will soon. It won’t be downtown, Gerard said, but will be “near.”

In the meantime, the family is focusing on its new restaurants in Wichita’s core, including Anna Murdoc’s Cafe, which opened in in July and Gerard runs, and the new R Coffeehouse, which his brother, Angelo, opened in the old Riverside Perk space a few weeks ago. Michael is hopping between the restaurants while he works on his new place.

The family is sad to see the Red Barn go, Gerard said, but it helped them gain a following that has transferred to its new restaurants.

“We’ve got three different opportunities to do some good stuff and showcase things on our own terms,” he said.

The Red Barn sold barbecue, tamales, tacos and opened for breakfast on weekend mornings. R Coffeehouse is now selling breakfast daily and tamales on weekends, Gerard said.

Anna Murdoc’s Cafe grand opening

Anna Murdoc’s Cafe, which opened a couple of weeks ago at 209 E. William, is having its official grand opening celebration on Wednesday. Owners promise visits from local dignitaries, live music and discounted food and drinks.

The event starts at noon and will feature visits from Mayor Carl Brewer and members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

At about 10:30 a.m., owner Gerard Rodriguez will begin serving $1 items such as coffee, soda, pastries, tamales and pulled pork street tacos.

Anna Murdoc’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-5051.

Now open: Anna Murdoc’s Cafe

Correction: An earlier version of the post misspelled Rodriguez.

Downtown workers have a new spot to stop for breakfast and lunch. Anna Murdoc’s Cafe opened a little more than a week ago in the space that previously held the Daily Grind in Sutton Place at 209 E. William.

The cafe is owned by the Rodriguez family, who also have The Red Barn at Lake Afton. It’s run mainly by Gerard Rodriguez, and the attractive new awnings feature a sketch of Gerard’s children – Annalisa, Angelina (whose nickname is Murdoc), and Jack.

Rodriguez, who is a trained pastry and sushi chef, helped put together a menu for Anna Murdoc’s that includes breakfast items such as burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus salads and sandwiches. The cafe also offers a daily special. Today’s, for example, is an open faced roast beef sandwich with green beans. On Fridays, they offer Red Barn barbecue. Lasagna and smothered burritos also are on the rotating specials list.

I stopped by this morning and was impressed by how pretty and big-city the cafe looked. It includes a nice outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. It has another big-city problem, too, in that parking on William and the surrounding blocks is hard to find, though Gerard’s sister, Belle, who was working this morning, says that the parking police are lenient with people who pull into the 15-minute loading zone in front of the restaurant to pick up to-go orders. The bulk of their business so far, she said, has come from the nearby Finney State Office Building.

Anna Murdoc’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-5051.