Cafe Comotara joins the breakfast crowd

Denise and Ben Arnold, owners of Corporate Caterers and restaurants such as Cafe Comotara and AVI.

Cafe Comotara, the restaurant Corporate Caterers’ Ben Arnold opened last summer in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road, started serving a pretty fabulous looking weekend breakfast menu earlier this month.

Arnold always planned to add breakfast to the offerings at the restaurant, which is open for Monday through Saturday lunch and rented out for private functions in the evening. Breakfast is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lunch menu also is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. those days.

Bluebird Bistro Benny.

The menu, which you can see here, features Chef Adam Courtney’s Eggs Benedict, which I recently heard from a reader are some of the best she’s ever had. It includes several other interesting breakfast concoctions that are a step above the regular eggs/bacon/hashbrowns offered at many local breakfast spots.

If you keep scrolling down on the breakfast menu, you can see what Cafe Comotara has for lunch, too.

Speaking of breakfast, I was in Kansas City over the weekend and my sister took me to one of my favorite breakfast spots, the funky and fabulous Bluebird Bistro. Just thought I’d share a picture of the fabulous Eggs Benedict I ordered yesterday morning, made with pulled pork and polenta.

I ate it all.

Two more in the “coming soon” category

Pimiento may be open by Monday at 738 N. Waco.

By the end of the summer, Wichita is going to have a whole lotta new places to eat. Now, two more are closer to ready.

One is Pimiento, a Mexican place in the old Quiznos space at 738 N. Waco. I stopped in to chat yesterday with owners Javier Chavez and Claudia Orozco, who were waiting on a visit from the gas company but were otherwise ready to go. They hope to open Monday and will serve breakfast burritos, tacos, carnitas, mole, shrimp, guacamole and more from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Also, Corporate Caterers‘ Ben Arnold has provided an update on the restaurant he’s putting in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road. He’s chosen the name Cafe Comotara by Corporate Caterers, and he plans to open on July 25. He’ll serve lunch — burgers, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, soups and salads — seven days a week. The space will be used for smaller private functions in the evenings, and he plans to add Saturday and Sunday breakfast starting on Oct. 1.

Arnold to open former Chelsea’s space for lunch, breakfast

Ben Arnold

Ben Arnold is a busy guy.

The owner of Corporate Caterers, who set up shop  in the former Olive Tree banquet hall last spring, now is planning to open a lunch and breakfast spot in the adjoined former Chelsea’s space, which until recently was occupied by the Karma wellness studio.

By mid-July, he plans to start serving upscale daily lunches and weekend breakfast. He’ll also reopen Chelsea’s famous patio, which he plans to have covered.

In the evenings, he’ll use the space for private events that aren’t quite big enough to use the cavernous banquet spaces next door. He’s still working on a name for the new place.

In the meantime, Arnold is waiting for construction to start on A.V.I., the restaurant he and Jeremy Wade have planned for the new Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel.

Initially, he’d hoped it would open this month, but construction is behind, and crews won’t even start working on the restaurant for a couple of weeks.

Arnold says his expectations for A.V.I. have been scaled back a bit, mainly because he was not able to get the exterior entrance he was planning on. And hotel restaurants that don’t have exterior entrances famously get lost.  He will, however, have plentiful exterior signage for the restaurant, which will take up north end of the hotel facing Waco.

One point of contention Arnold did win: Initially, the hotel wanted to require restaurant patrons pay for parking, but Arnold managed to work out a deal for his customers to get free garage parking along with hotel and banquet guests.

The restaurant will be gorgeous, though, Arnold said, with a horseshoe bar that overlooks the dining room from upstairs. The kitchen, he noted, will be located directly below the swimming pool.

A.V.I. should open in late August or early September. He’s planning the opening to coincide with the hotel’s grand opening, which should happen 60 to 90 days after the hotel reopens. That tentative date is July 20.