Paul Cohlmia’s east-side Riverside restaurant to reopen on the south side

WICHITA — Paul Cohlmia is reopening his east-side restaurant, but not on the east side.

He’s opening Riverside Cafe South in the center on the southwest corner of Pawnee and Meridian. The almost-3,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of restaurants.

“For my customers, I think I’m hitting a niche right over there,” Cohlmia says.

Still, he’s sorry for his east-side customers.

“I tried to find something, but I couldn’t, really,” he says of economical space.

Cohlmia had to close Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn because he says Dollar General is interested in putting a store there.

His original Riverside Cafe is in Riverside, and he has one in Derby as well.

The south-side restaurant will open sometime in April.

“We miss our customers out east,” Cohlmia says. He hopes they come to the new restaurant, as some of them having been doing at his other restaurants.

“Some of them have been coming in, thank goodness.”