Daily Archives: Dec. 13, 2012

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“This is like ‘Extreme Makeover — Gym Style.’”

– A comment that YMCA board member Marilyn Pauly heard while giving tours of the new downtown Y recently

Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe to open in center at Central and Rock in March

WICHITA — Thao Luu couldn’t find the job she was hoping for when she graduated with a hospitality management degree from Butler Community College and was beginning to despair when she passed a sign at Fidelity Bank.

“Wichitans don’t hope for a better future. We build it.”

The sign inspired Luu to start her own business and hire her former professor, Roger Bosserman, to help.

Luu is opening Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe in the former Verde Sustainable Living space in the center at the northeast corner of Central and Rock.

Though Luu is Vietnamese — she moved here three years ago to marry chemical engineer Jimmy Nguyen — she will offer mostly American dishes for breakfast and lunch. That includes paninis, sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers and salad. There will be a French flair with some dishes, such as crepes and savory pastries.

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There’s little Christmas cheer in the parking lot at Cafe Bel Ami downtown

WICHITA — The parking situation still isn’t resolved at Cafe Bel Ami.

Cafe Bel Ami owner Nabil Bacha recently filed a lawsuit against his landlord at the O’Rourke Title Building at 229 E. William after reserved signs were placed on certain parking spots that he says his customers have a right to use.

Simon Palmer Properties president Troy Palmer, who manages the property, said he hoped to have the situation resolved in a matter of days. That was in late October.

“Tell him Christmas is coming, too, OK?” said Bacha’s attorney, Harry Najim, at the time.

Najim was successful in getting a restraining order that forced Palmer to remove the reserved signs. The situation was only temporary until a hearing last month.

As Palmer says, “Yes, Christmas is coming, and the signs are back up.”