Two downtown restaurant closings

 Two downtown restaurants have recently closed their doors.

One is Air Capital Steak House, the restaurant that Matthew Carr opened in late March the former Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill spot at 233 N. Mosley. The business started off with a string of bad luck, he said, including a deadly shooting on the doorstep on opening day. Despite good reviews from customers, it never really recovered, he said. Carr closed the doors a little more than a week ago and now is looking for other opportunities.

“I still love the Old Town district,” he said. “I’m still a big believer in it.”

About the same time, Josh and Bri Sams closed their Hamburger Hero, the burger restaurant they’d relocated from Park City to 221 S. Broadway in December.

 The restaurant, which had developed a following for its delicious burgers and fresh-cut fries, faced a few tough business breaks, said Petroleum Building owner Kyle Hughes, who said he was sorry to see the restaurant go. “It’s sad  because it was awesome,” he said. “They had a great following. People were coming from all over.”

Hughes is looking for another restaurant to put in the space and says he already has one lead. He promises to let me know when he has something firm lined up.

Restaurant review: Hamburger Hero

I’m always intrigued when I hear people rave about a burger place, and I’d heard a lot about Park City’s Hamburger Hero.

Last year, its owners abruptly closed up shop and relocated to 221 S. Broadway in downtown Wichita — just south of Cafe Bel Ami’s parking lot.

The dinner thing didn’t pan out. Though Hamburger Hero would stay open late on arena nights, they weren’t getting much business.

At the time, owner Josh Sams told me he was looking for a better dinner crowd and he was really hoping to cash in on Intrust Bank Arena crowds.

But they’re doing well at lunch. When I visited, the place was full of guys in hard hats chowing away.

I liked several things about Hamburger Hero, including the family-run feel and the fact that it didn’t reek of grease in there — meaning I didn’t when I left. I can’t tell you how rare that is for a burger joint around here.

Here’s my review that ran in the paper today.

Three new downtown breakfast options

B&C Barbecue in downtown Wichita recently introduced a breakfast buffet.

Wichita loves breakfast, and more and more, Wichita restaurants love to serve it.

Downtown Wichita is a breakfast eater’s paradise these days, what with The Beacon, Egg Cetera and Old Mill Tasty Shop and Rain’s weekend offerings.

Now, three more are joining the bacon-and-eggs fray.

Several weeks ago, Holy land Mediterranean Grill at 217 E. Douglas began offering a daily breakfast that offers traditional items such as omelets, bacon and eggs Benedict along with Mediterranean touches such as falafel and hummus. (I don’t know about you, but falafel and eggs sounds fabulous to me.) The breakfast is served a la carte and is available from 6 to 9 a.m. seven days a week.

Meanwhile, Carey Maurer has added a breakfast buffet at his  B&C Barbecue at 355 N. Washington. It’s served from 6 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and includes dishes such as hashbrowns, pancakes, French toast sticks, scrambled eggs and more and is $8.25 a person.

Within the next week or two, Hamburger Hero at 221 S. Broadway, which I reviewed today, also will begin serving breakfast. It’ll offer bacon and eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy and will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

I’m still thinking about falafel and eggs.