Lotus Leaf turns 1, hires new chef

Lotus Leaf, the little creperie and healthy eating spot at 613 W. Douglas in Delano, turned 1 on Nov. 22. Around that same time, owner Jacquelyn Keefer hired a new executive chef. James Butler is gone, and in his place is Beau Franklin, a veteran of several Wichita kitchens, including Ya Ya’s, Oeno, Uptown Bistro and Sabor.

The two are working on additions to the menu, which is now a mix of crepes, salads and sandwiches. Within the next two weeks, they plan to add several dishes, including a Thai peanut curry bowl, a spicy turkey meatball crepe and a veggie burger on a vegan bun.

They’re also working on a little first birthday party. It’ll be staged from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday to coincide with the Christmas in Delano event, which will include a 5 p.m. clocktower lighting. During that time, Lotus Leaf will serve free carrot cake and appetizers to those who stop in.

For more information, call 316-295-4133.

DiTullio’s Piano Bar won’t happen after all

We’d planned a story for last week’s Go! section about DiTullio’s Piano Bar, which was to feature the ivory tickling of local crooner Steve DiTullio. It was supposed to open on Wednesday of this week in the former Fairchild Interiors and Design space at the Waterfront, 13th and Webb.

But at the last minute, the project fell through. The owners were not able to secure financing, said Timirie Shibley, whose husband, Patrick, was to manage the bar. Patrick is a former co-owner of Gaslamp Grille and also was a manager at Ya Ya’s. He’s now looking for a local restaurant job.