Holy land Mediterranean Grill is closed

I’ve been hearing rumors about trouble at Holy land Mediterranean Grill, the Mediterranean restaurant that opened in August at 217 E. Douglas, and apparently, they’re true.

The restaurant shut down a few days ago.

Add it to the ever-growing list of short-lived restaurants in the space. I’ve wondered for years what plagues this building, which can’t seem to keep a tenant for more than a few months. I’m persuaded it’s a combination of the lack of parking and the one-way streets that line all sides of it, making it nearly impossible to double-back if you see a parking space on the other side of the street. In recent years, it’s also been the brief home of restaurants such as  DK Kitchen, Thai Kitchen, Bamboo House and Coli.

I reached someone at Athena Jewelry next door (owner Sophokles “Steve” Anthimedes also owns and leases the Holy land space) and was told there’s no new tenant lined up yet.

We’ll have to get our garlic baths elsewhere now.

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.

Opening today: Holy land Mediterranean Grill

Opening today: Holy land Mediterranean Grill

Today is the opening day for Holy land Mediterranean Grill, the latest restaurant to take over the oft-occupied, oft-vacated space at 217 E. Douglas. (Onyx Bistro was the most recent tenant.)

The restaurant features a menu of Mediterranean specials, such as falafel, kebabs and hummus, as well as some more exotic sounding dishes. (Quail platter, anyone?) You can view the full menu here.

The restaurant, which has been nicely redecorated inside, will feature indoor and outdoor seating and will offer hookah smoking outdoors in the evenings.

Ashraf Jaradat works at the new Holy land Mediterranean Grill.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and the restaurant is hoping to attract an after-bar crowd with 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. hours Thursdays through Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-265-5393.

Coming soon? Holy land Mediterranean Grill

The space at 217 E. Douglas that has been home to roughly 32,921,673** restaurants over the past several years appears to be on the verge of getting a new occupant.

There’s a new bright yellow awning on the space that most recently housed the short-lived Onyx Bistro, and several signs in the windows feature pictures of delicious-looking Mediterranean dishes such as kibbeh and fattouch. The logo in the corner of the signs says “Holy land Mediterranean Grill.”

Sophokles “Steve” Anthimedes, who owns the space and runs Athena Jewelry next door, said he wasn’t quite ready to reveal all the details of the new tenant. He only would say that he was planning to lease the space to three businessmen from Illinois who run a successful restaurant chain there.

I looked up Holy land Mediterranean Grill online, and there is one with a matching logo operating out of Champaign, Ill. You can view its menu by taking a look at this website. It’s full of Mediterranean items familiar to Wichita diners, such as hummus, schwarma, kibbeh, kebabs, fattouch and more.

I’ll provide an update when Sophokles and his mystery tenants are ready to talk.

**I exaggerate. Slightly.