Kokopelli Kafe to open in former Betta Burger space on West 13th Street

WICHITA — Former Betta Burger owner David Schanbacher is opening a new restaurant at 3090 W. 13th St. near Johnson’s Garden Centers.

That’s where he closed his burger place about two months ago.

“There’s a lot of competition in the burger business,” Schanbacher says.

Now, he hopes to open Kokopelli Kafe, a coffee shop, by late next week.

“We’re going to be doing gourmet artisan coffees.”

He’ll also have tea, smoothies and pastries, including some savory ones.

Schanbacher gutted and remodeled the space. He’s hoping for better luck in the coffee business, as he says the Kokopelli Kafe name indicates. He says it means good fortune, among other things.

In addition to this business, Schanbacher also owns Nilla’s, a poker room on East Kellogg, and works full time supervising the electrical department for the Wichita school district.

“It’ll wear on you after a little while,” he says of doing so much, “but we try to make it work.”