Toubia the new chef at Birds on the Roof

Chef Nathan Toubia, who closed his popular Bocconcini Italian Eatery in August has a new job — working for someone else.

The interior of Birds on the Roof Cafe and Bakery.

The interior of Birds on the Roof Cafe and Bakery.

Toubia has accepted a job as the head chef at the new Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe, a beautifully decorated bakery and restaurant that Thao Luu opened in August at 550 N. Rock Road.

Luu has been rethinking her menu since opening, and Toubia is going to focus right away on breakfast, lunch and brunch. He plans to make some of the items he used to serve for brunch at Bocconcini, such as ricotta pancakes and duck hash. He’ll also have a lunch menu with sandwiches such as Italian roast beef.

Luu also wants him to develop a dinner menu, but they’ve agreed to work on the daytime meals first.



Toubia has been running his original restaurant, Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central, since closing Bocconcini. He says he plans to leave that restaurant in the hands of his staff — as he did when Bocconcini was open — so that he can focus on his new job. He says he will have to end the weekend dinners he recently started serving at Bocco Deli.

Luu said she is excited about her hire.

“I want something unique and nice,” she said.

Toubia will officially start his new job at Birds on the Roof next week.

Birds on the Roof is closed until Thursday. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-558-8288.

Soft opening for Birds on the Roof

Thao Luu has opened her pretty Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe — but only sort of.

The restaurant at 550 N. Rock Road is in the midst of what she calls a “soft opening.”

For now, it’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays serving a limited breakfast and lunch menu, plus some baked goods.

Within the next couple of weeks, it will be open late hours, too, as well as on Mondays and Sundays.

It’ll also offer everything it had planned to originally, including lattes intricately decorated on the top and fanciful decorated cakes.

I stopped in a week ago and was impressed by the interior, done up in pinks and whites with modern, playful decor.

Reach Birds on the Roof by calling 316-558-8288.