Dolci & Joes goes… plus other closings

Dolci & Joe's is closed.

Perhaps the New Year forced some restaurants to take a hard look at how their businesses were doing. Suddenly, news of closings are everywhere. A quick roundup:

Dolci & Joes, the sandwich shop at 3425 E. Douglas known for fabulous sweet potato fries and homemade ketchup, is gone. A sign posted on the door of the empty building thanks customers for their patronage and says the business is “closed until further notice.” Phone calls to the owners haven’t been returned, but once they are, we’ll let you know if that means there’s hope for a reopening.

And the Wiener Is, 2322 E. Douglas: I told you about this one yesterday. That place has vanished into thin air. The building shows no signs the restaurant was ever there.

Sloppy Joe’s, 803 N. West St. After six months in business, Sloppy Joe’s, the tiny restaurant that specialized in the messy sandwich, has closed.

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, 233 N. Mosley: I wondered for years how this chain in Old Town was hanging on. It isn’t any more.

Imbiss Grille, 315 N. Mead: I also wondered how this German restaurant made it, though it kept making it and making it. Now, it’s closed, and businessman Chris Fincher plans to open Todd Brians Brick Street Cafe & Tavern in the space in February.

Speedy Burger, 3090 W. 13th St. N.: This burger joint, which reopened in February after a car crashed into it, has apparently been closed for a couple of months.

d’Sozo, 1812 S. Seneca: The vegan restaurant isn’t closed, per se, but chef Miguel Larcher recently took it over and changed the name to Miguel’s Eat-In Cafe. He’ll continue to operate at the space with the same hours — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays — until he finds a new location.

Know of any other sudden closures I’m missing? E-mail me.

Sloppy Joe’s is finally open

The Sloppy Joe's man.

Back on a cold, cold day back in January, I stopped by Sloppy Joe’s, a business Mark DeMoura and his wife, Windy, were busy working on in the old Si Senor/Takhoma Burger/Sonic space a 803 N. West Street.

It took the couple longer to get the place ready than they thought it would, but Sloppy Joe’s opened last month and serves, of course, sloppy Joes plus sloppy dogs, sides, and a burger known as Jake’s special, made with two quarter-pound patties, barbecue roast beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onions, ketchup, mustard and mayo.

It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and has a few tables in the small dining room. Though the former Sonic drive-in stalls are not hooked up, if customers park in one, someone will come out to take their to-go order.

For more information, call 316-941-3730.

Sloppy Joe’s will serve… Sloppy Joes

Well, what else would they serve?

Sloppy Joe’s is a new restaurant going into the space at 803 N. West St. that in the past several years has housed Sonic, Si Senor and other short-lived businesses.

This one is owned by Mark DeMoura, who also owns Mark’s Transmission Service nearby at 502 N. Anna.

Mark and his wife, Windy, will specialize in Sloppy Joes but also will serve burgers, fries, hot dogs and other diner-style items. They hope to be open sometime in February and are still deciding important matters, such as what type of bread to pile the Joe on and what the hours should be. (He’s toying with the idea of opening for breakfast.)

Sloppy Joe’s will offer both dine-in and carry-out options. And lots of napkins.