Rock Island Cafe to open in May in Yogurt Xplosion space on North Rock Road

WICHITA — It was late December when Kirsten Teague, a former Rock Island Cafe manager, announced she’s bringing back the restaurant.

“It seems like it’s been a long time,” she says.

She’s been looking for space since then, and now she’s found it at 3236 N. Rock Road where Yogurt Xplosion will be closing.

“It’s just that location – North Rock Road – that’s what I’ve been looking for,” Teague says.

Kianga Coleman of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Yogurt Xplosion owner Amber Dunn, who opened the business less than a year ago, didn’t return calls for comment.

The original Rock Island Cafe was open from 1985 until the mid-1990s next to Union Station in the former Rock Island Railroad baggage terminal. That’s the building that became home to the original Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

“We’re going back to the original Rock Island,” Teague says.

That means the restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch but won’t have evening hours.

Teague says she “felt like there was more of a need for the breakfast market in that area than there is for sandwiches in the evening.”

The original Rock Island was known for its muffins, and Teague plans to offer three kinds daily.

“It was kind of a big deal,” she says.

She’s planning to cater to area businesses with box lunches and breakfast items. The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily except for Sundays.

Teague says she’s taking over the space April 1 and hopes to be open in early May.