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.

Now open: Onyx Bistro

In case your eyes can't tell what's happening in this photo: I took a picture with my iPhone of the front window of Onyx Bistro, mainly because the owner is camera shy. For now, it has just this hand-written sign indicating that you're at the right place.

Onyx Bistro is a new Jamaican restaurant that owner Syreeta Bulgin opened on Monday in the spot that most recently housed Douglas Pitts’ DK Kitchen.

I popped in this afternoon to get a look at the place and to see the menu.

The restaurant, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, will serve both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast options range from the expected (eggs, bacon and pancakes) to the unexpected (jerk chicken omelet, fried plantains.) It’s the same story at lunch, when Bulgin is serving burgers, sandwiches, fries and onion rings along with Jamaican style jerk chicken, oxtail with rice and peas and Escovitch fish, which is a dish featuring a fish filet in a sauce made with carrots, onions and vinegar.

The restaurant also is offering a daily $5.99 lunch special (chef’s choice) that includes a drink.

For more information, call 316-267-7400.