Mortimers a restaurant and piano bar coming to Clifton Square

Former Cibola owners Kevin Brown and Tracy Fahrbach are about to open a new business in the old John Browns spot at Clifton Square.

Brown and Fahrbach, back in 1999 when Cibola was about to open in Bradley Fair in the spot that now holds Newport Grill.

The two hope to have Mortimers Neighborhood Grille and Piano Bar up and running at 3700 E. Douglas in mid-January.

The restaurant will be open for dinner Mondays through Saturdays and will feature a menu of made-from-scratch comfort foods such as as sandwiches, burgers, prime rib and more. Brown and Fahrbach say they want to keep prices reasonable, and they’ll offer house wines at $4.50 a glass.

The restaurant will seat 50 on the first level and another 50 on the lower level, which on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights will be used as a piano bar. It also will be used as a space for private parties.

The duo has plans to add lunch in mid-March, when they also hope to open a patio with swing benches, canopies and a bicycle rickshaw that will take College Hill residents home if they can’t drive.

“College Hill is a great neighborhood,” said Brown of his desire to open a new business there. “I’ve lived there my whole life.”

They’re also planning Sunday brunch and will display art in the restaurant.

I’ll update you with more Mortimers details as the opening day draws near.

Restaurant review: John Browns

John Brown's at 3700 E. Douglas in Clifton Square.

I finally had a chance to visit John Browns, a place I’ve been hearing through social media serves good food. And it does.

Best of all, it serves it late. The full menu is available until 1:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. I remember that being an issue for people I used to hang out with who worked the night desk at the Wichita Eagle. They’d get off work hungry and in need of a beer but could usually only find a solution for the later problem.

Read my review, which will appear in the Go! section on Friday.

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.

New restaurant roundup

fizzLittle tidbits of restaurant news have surfaced over the past few weeks that I’m not sure I paid adequate attention to. So please allow me this little restaurant roundup.

John Browns is a new bar and restaurant in the former Clifton Wine and Jazz space at 3700 E. Douglas. It serves a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and unique desserts from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. One of its coolest features: A bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

Bocco Deli opened recently in the former Zoomdweebie’s Tearoom space at 3010 E. Central. It’s owned by Nathan Toubia, son of the late Antoine Toubia, and features soup, salads, sandwiches and pasta. A colleague of mine ate there today and said it was tasty and inexpensive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles opened a couple of weeks ago at 7718 E. 37th St. N. featuring a menu of gourmet burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The bottles in the name refers to a list of unique beers, wines and bottled sodas. The number is 316-260-2888.

Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery opened last week at 5255 N. Maize Rd in Maize featuring a menu that offers gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes plus regular old sandwiches, casseroles and daily specials.

Flying Donuts also opened last week next to Bella Luna Cafe at 4618 E. Central. In addition to donuts, it offers croissants, sandwich croissants and kolaches from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Full Moon Pub, owned by the same people behind Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill and Mulligan’s, should open in a couple of weeks in the Yogi’s Bar & Grill space at 2804 S. Seneca. It’ll feature burgers, pizza and other bar fare.