It’s time to form your Easter eating plan

hamIf you stop eating now, by April 20, you should have just about enough stomach space available to survive a visit to one of Wichita’s lavish Easter Sunday buffets.

Easter is just a little more than a week away, and it’s time to start planning.

Many of Wichita’s very nice restaurants are offering extra-fancy versions of their Sunday buffets, including Ya Ya’s Eurobistro and Newport Grill. Others who aren’t in the brunch business will have them for that special occasion, including Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.

Diners also can get Easter milkshakes at Jimmie’s Diner or fried chicken with a side of shrimp and ham at Stroud’s.

Peruse my annual list of Easter buffets and make your plans — and your reservations — now.

Kings-X at 21st and Amidon is closing

Linda and Jack Davidson

The Kings-X restaurant at 21st and Amidon is closing, its owners said today. Its last day in business will be Nov. 25.

Jack and Linda Davidson, who own the Jimmie’s Diners at 3111 N. Rock Road and 1519 George Washington Blvd., took over the business in 2007. Though they own the building, they lease the ground it stands on, which has been sold to make way for a CVS Pharmacy.

The building, which has been operating as Kings-X since 1968, will be torn down, Jack Davidson said. The restaurant was the last remaining of the original Kings-X chain, which was created by A.J. (Jimmie) King. in 1938.

The interior of Kings X, as photographed by neighbor Jaime Green, who is very sad the restaurant is closing.

The Davidsons say they hope to open another restaurant in the 21st and Amidon area. It would be called Jimmie’s Diner but would have the same service and menu.
In the meantime, the Davidsons will find places at their two remaining restaurants for the 20 or so Kings-X employees, some of whom have worked there for 20 years or more.

He’ll also put on promotions and specials for longtime customers during the restaurant’s remaining weeks, he said.

“We like that little part of town, and I think we bring something to that market,” he said. “We hope to be back.”

Now open: Another Jimmie’s Diner

Inside the new Jimmie's Diner at Harry and George Washington

Wichita’s second Jimmie’s Diner opened on Thursday in the space at 1519 George Washington recently vacated by Toc’s Coffeehouse.

Owners Jack and Linda Davidson remodeled the space, giving it a fresh coat of paint, a new soda fountain, new light fixtures and more.

Wichita’s original Jimmie’s Diner opened at 3111 N. Rock Road in 1987. The Davidsons bought it in 2007.

The new Jimmie’s Diner has the same menu as the original, and the waitresses wear poodle skirts. It’s open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 316-558-5440.

Dining dispatch from 29th & Rock

I drove out east today to check on Oh Yeah! China Bistro, the restaurant formerly known as Zen (and formerly known as vegetarian), and I was struck by how much restaurant activity is going on in the block of Rock between 29th and K-96.

Oh Yeah! opened at 3101 N. Rock Road with its new name and approach on May 15. The restaurant had operated as a vegetarian place for a couple of years, but the owners decided to put meat back on the menu and rename the place.

Across the street, a sign announces that El Agave will soon take over the space at 3320 N. Rock Road that most recently held Top China, a Chinese buffet place. El Agave will be a Mexican restaurant with a big tequila and margarita menu, and its owners hope to have it open later this summer.

A little further south, another sign announces that Wasabi, the sushi restaurant downtown at 912 E. Douglas, will open its east side location in the former Froz spot at 3242 N. Rock Road. Owners say it should be open in August.

And of course, right on the corner of 29th and Rock, Ben Arnold is busy working on his new breakfast-and-lunch spot in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road. He plans to open in July.

The new Noodles & Company is on that block, too, at 3300 N. Rock Road, and it’s always busy. And Amber Dunn just opened her Yogurt Xplosion yogurt shop at 3236 N. Rock Road.

That doesn’t even count the recently closed restaurants on the block, including the Bossa Grill at 3242 N. Rock Road and the Taco Tico at 3131 N. Rock Road. Wazabz Sushi Bar and Grill, which just opened in February at 3236 N. Rock Road, also is already closed.

The only restaurants on that block not hopping on merry-go-round, it appears, are Carlos O’ Kelly’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings,  Il Ponte, Jimmy John’s, and Jimmie’s Diner.

And Hooters.