Douglas “D.J.” Pitts to return downtown with a new restaurant

WICHITA — Douglas “D.J.” Pitts is returning downtown with a new restaurant concept.

Pitts first opened 626 Douglas in 2004 at 626 E. Douglas.

He’s now opening D&K Kitchen at 217 E. Douglas in the former Stang space next to Athena Jewelry.

So says Athena owner Sophokles “Steve” Anthimides, who says he’s leasing Pitts the space.

Pitts couldn’t be reached for comment.

Anthimides says D&K will serve American and French cuisine.

He says the new restaurant initially will be open only for lunch. Hours eventually will expand.

One restaurant deal that won’t happen for Anthimides is Eaton Steakhouse reopening in the former Lancers space in Century Plaza at Douglas and Main.

“I changed my mind on that,” Anthimides says.

In November, he told Have You Heard? he was negotiating with Steve and Stephanie Compton to move to the space.

They’d recently been evicted from Eaton Place for failure to pay rent.

“There were certain problems for them, and I just didn’t want to get involved,” Anthimides says of lingering issues.

But now he has to find a new tenant for the space along with one for a banquet hall on the second floor and a tenant for 6,000 square feet of restaurant space on Century Plaza’s first floor.

If Anthimides can’t find a tenant, he says he may have to open a restaurant himself.

He had Court of Athena Restaurant and Club at the Garvey Center in the 1970s.

“We might have to do the same thing.”