Air Capital Grill’s rocky start

Matthew Carr opened his Air Capital Grill  on a Tuesday and was looking forward to a strong first weekend of business.

He didn’t get it. Carr, whose restaurant is in the former Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill space at 233 N. Mosley, instead spent his first Saturday inaccessible to customers. A deadly shooting the night before happened just in front of his restaurant, he said, and the whole area was blocked off with crime scene tape as investigators worked through the day on Saturday.

“It was just an unfortunate scenario,” Carr said.

But the restaurant has made a nice recovery over the past several weeks, Carr said. It specializes in steaks, pastas, salads, sandwiches and burgers and already has a steady stream of regulars. A Sunday morning brunch buffet has been popular, too.

Air Capital Grill’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-262-2472

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.