British Banger Company in transition

Fans of British Banger Company at 1713 W. Douglas alerted me recently that the restaurant has been closed for several weeks. But I stopped by today and visited with owner Pete White, who says it will reopen on Jan. 30.

White, who two years ago opened the restaurant that specializes in British foods such as bangers and mash, has had a pretty stressful year, personally. Now, he has to return to England and has taken on a partner to keep the restaurant running. Austin Newby, who has experience in several restaurant kitchens, will take over the operation of the restaurant.

When it reopens, British Banger Company’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays though Fridays and noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays, when Newby will serve a sausage with peppers special.

Keep up with the developments on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Seating, breakfast plans at British Banger Company

Look how happy Pete White is about all the newness at his restaurant.

British Banger Company, the until-now take-out only restaurant at 1713 W. Douglas, has just added some indoor seating.

Last week, owner Pete White moved things around and made room for about 12 seats in his restaurant.

“We had people walk in and then walk right out because we had no seating and it was so hot outside,” White said. “Hopefully, this will bring us a bit more business.”

White, who has had a successful run selling his cottage pies and bangers (British-style sausage) at the Andover Farmers’ Market this year, said that once the market ends in October, he plans to add breakfast to the options at his restaurant. On the menu will be popular traditional British items such as potato cakes, more bangers and a fabulous Spam creation.

For now, he’s open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-253-1503.

Royal eating

Several local restaurants and food purveyors are getting into the Royal Wedding spirit today. Here are a few:

Royal wedding brunch: John Brown’s, the bar and restaurant at 3700 E. Douglas, is offering a Royal Wedding brunch until about 1 p.m. today. They’re showing footage from the wedding on television screens and have put out a brunch buffet and a Bloody Mary bar.

Royal wedding pudding: Pete White, owner of the British Banger Company at 1713 W. Douglas in Delano, is offering a free Yorkshire pudding, a sort of flaky bread bowl, to all customers all day today. The restaurant is carryout only and hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Royal wedding sweets: Cheri’s Bakery at 2121 N. Tyler Road is selling an extra special assortment of Royal Wedding themed cookies, cupcakes and more. I’m dying to take a big ole bite of that hand cookie.

Eat like you’re Irish: Part II

Turns out there’s a whole lot more Irish eating out there today than I originally thought. A few more restaurants offering corn beef and cabbage and other St. Patrick’s day specials have come to my attention since I wrote this post earlier this week.

Among them:

Old Mill Tasty Shop, 604 East Douglas: The downtown lunch favorite is offering corn beef and cabbage and Irish cream shakes today.

Heroes, 117 N. Mosley: The sports bar is offering corn beef and cabbage, bierocks, Irish stew and more today.

Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, 8115 E 21st Street N.: The fine dining restaurant is offering several Irish specials for lunch and dinner, included corn beef and cabbage, fish and chips, lamb stew, shepherd’s pie and more.

British Banger Company, 1713 W. Douglas: The carryout lunch spot is making Irish cottage pie plus bangers and mash  and will stay open until around 8 p.m.

The Shamrock, 1724 W. Douglas: The pub is serving corn beef and cabbage over the lunch an dinner hours today.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, several Wichita locations: The yogurt chain is offering 25 percent off to customers wearing green.

River City Brewery, 150 N. Mosely: Though they’re not doing any food specials, River City is serving $2.50 green beers all day and is throwing a St. Patty’s day party starring awesome local cover band Lucky People, starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $3.

British Banger Company

Attention people who know or want to know what “bangers” are: Pete and Amy White plan to open their to-go restaurant, British Banger Company, Monday (Jan. 17) at 1713 W. Douglas in Delano. He’ll sell bangers and mash (Brirtish-style sausage and mashed potatoes) as well as cottage pie and beef dumplings.

There’s no seating at the restaurant, but Pete recommends people take the food across the street to the Shamrock and enjoy it with a properly poured Guinness.

My friend Joe stopped by for the “friends and family” preview on Monday night and said he enjoyed the food. Carrie even snapped a picture of Pete in the kitchen.

Want to see the menu? I’m here for you.

British Banger Company will be open weekdays from 11 to 3. For more information, call 316-253-1503.

British Banger Company

britbangDelano is becoming quite the dining destination lately, and soon, it’ll also offer food from “across the pond.”

Pete White plans to open British Banger Company at 1713 W. Douglas. across from the Shamrock, on Jan. 5.¬† He’ll serve British meals to-go: Bangers and mash, cottage pie, beef and potato pie, and cheese and onion bake. Three sides will be available – mushy peas, curry beans, and Irish cabbage. He’ll also sell bangers and whole pies frozen in the shop.

White used to operate a British pie bakery in Riverside, but when Minisa Bridge closed, he had to shut down.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Want to know more? Visit the shop’s website or give Pete a call at 316-253-1503.