Italian Bistro to open in former Restaurant 155 space at First and Market

WICHITA — A third new Italian restaurant is coming to Wichita.

Kas Zendeli, who owns Bravo’s Italiani in Valley Center, is opening Italian Bistro in the former Restaurant 155 space in the Market Centre downtown at First and Market.

This follows news from Melad Stephan, who is opening Luca Italian Kitchen in his former Uptown Bistro space in Old Town Square later this month.

Bocco Deli owner Nathan Toubia, who used to work for Lidia’s in Kansas City, also is opening an Italian restaurant. His as-of-yet-unnamed business is coming soon to the former Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe space near Central and Oliver.

Zendeli, who is Albanian, plans a traditional Italian menu for his new restaurant. He’s keeping his Valley Center restaurant, too.

Is he a glutton for punishment having two restaurants in two cities?

“Every business is punishment,” Zendeli says. “Since 1969 I’m in this punishment.”

He’s been in America since 1987. He moved from Dallas to Valley Center two years ago.

Zendeli is opening in Wichita at the demand of customers, he says.

“The customers make me, to be honest.”

Patrick Ahern with Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented the landlord in the deal, and Kirk Royse with J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Zendeli.

Though Zendeli is opening soon, he won’t say when exactly because he wants to have a soft opening without a crush of diners.

“Better to get prepared.”