Brints Diner, a Valentine diner, is back in business — again

unnamed-16You just can’t keep Brints Diner down.

The restaurant, which operates out of a tiny Valentine diner at 4834 E. Lincoln, closed late last month, the third time the restaurant has closed since longtime owner Jessie Medina shuttered it in October of 2012.

New owner Larry Harmon, the founder of Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill, gave the place a thorough cleaning and quietly reopened the doors a couple of weeks ago, he said.  His menu is similar to what regular Brints customers had come to expect and focuses on “country breakfast” items plus diner lunches ranging from burgers to salads.

Brints hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It’s closed on Sundays.

The restaurant is famous not only for its 2007 inclusion on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” back in 2007 but also for operating inside a Valentine diner. About 2,000 of the buildings were made by Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing between 1938 and 1971, and architecture buffs are still passionate about them.

For more information, call 316-440-8338.

Larry Bud’s having Thanksgiving Eve ‘Duck Dynasty’ party

larry budsThe night before Thanksgiving is always a big night for Larry Bud’s, said owner Will Harmon.

People are in town visiting their kinfolk and need to lube themselves up for family interaction with some beers, etc. The bar is always packed.

This year, Harmon decided to add a twist to the Thanksgiving Eve festivities and took inspiration from his favorite show – “Duck Dynasty.”

On Wednesday Nov. 27, both Larry Buds will be putting on “Duck Dynasty” parties and are asking attendees to come dressed as characters from the show. Camouflage is encouraged, and prizes for the best costume include a session of machine gun-shooting.

That’s right, ya’ll. Machine gun shooting.

“I like ‘Duck Dynasty. I like to blow things up. I like to shoot things. And I like to dress in camo,” Harmon said, explaining how he came up with idea for the event.

The evening will include live music, costume contests for individuals and groups, “Duck Dynasty” prizes from Gander Mountain and more.

The parties will happen  are at both Larry Buds — at 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St. N. — and should last from about 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Riverfest food court smoke-free — and other changes

The food court is back on Century II drive.

The Wichita River Festival opens a week from today, and there are some headlines from the food court I thought I should share.

For one, the food court is moving back “where God intended it,” joked the festival director, Mary Beth Jarvis. After two years of setting up in experimental spots, the main food court will return to Century II Drive.

This is a headline, in my opinion.  This year, for the first time, all food court areas will be smok-free. The Cox Kids Corner also will be a smoke-free area.

Also, NuWay — which left the festival in 2009 — is back this year, and the festival has also attracted another local restaurant. Larry Bud’s will serve bacon-wrapped chicken tenders, hot links and more.

You can read a story outlining all the food court changes in the May 31 Go!, which will be dedicated to tall things River Festival.

Second annual Midwest Chickenfest

There was all sorts of wing wildness at last year’s Midwest Chickenfest, a new addition to the Midwest Beerfest that offered samples of chicken wings from several local restaurants.

I was a judge, along with local television personality Sierra Scott and “The Good Life Guy” (and Beerfest founder) Guy Bower. Though there were several worthy, spicy competitors, we awarded the “Best of Show” prize to Bubba’s Nekked BBQ, which presented a wing with layers of flavor, including a hint of cinnamon and a nice kick of spice. The Anchor’s kicked up Thai wing, created by then-chef Ben George, earned the people’s choice award.

The event was such a success that they’re doing it all again at this year’s festival, which is Saturday at Century II. I’ll once again be judging, and this year, even more competitors are joining in. Eight different restaurants, including new competitors Larry Bud’s and Tallgrass Country Club (where defending people’s choice champ George now works), will create 11 different wings. Bubba will be back, too. Beer fest attendees can pay $5 to sample the wings and vote for a favorite.

I found this little video gem from last year, which should help us all get in a chicken wing state of mind. I’ll be writing more about Saturday’s Beerfest in Friday’s Go! section.