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.
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.”
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.”