WICHITA — As always, there’s lots of restaurant news to update.
– The Burger Barn is closing this week. Owner Isaac McCann has had the restaurant at Central and Zoo Boulevard since January. He says poor sales and a dispute with his landlord have prompted him to close. Also, he’s in school to become a teacher.
“I’m just going to concentrate on my studies.”
McCann will close Saturday unless he runs out of food before then.
– In Derby, Dawn Thai Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is converting to Hibachi Boy Japanese Grill & More. Lou Kumgool still owns the business with her husband, Philip Sayavong.
“I just want to bring something fun and casual,” Kumgool says of the change.
She says she looked around and saw that people from the nearby high school and water park weren’t stopping in. She says too many people thought the restaurant was more formal, so she says she’s going to be “more casual, fun, inviting and family oriented.”
Kumgool is keeping the Dawn Thai menu and adding hibachi items and some other dishes and reopening Wednesday.
She says the new concept is similar to Panera Bread where customers order at a counter and get their own beverages.
“It’s more laid back that way.”
– Also in Derby, Kigoi is opening in the former Kobe Steak House of Japan space at 1221 N. Rock Road.
Zhao “Jason” Wang, who also has China Wok Buffet in Winfield, is opening the restaurant on July 1. It will have a hibachi grill, sushi and a full bar.
– Finally, Il Ponte has closed.
The restaurant opened in the former Le Monde Cafe space at 3101 N. Rock Road in late 2010.
The restaurant’s partners couldn’t be reached for comment.
There’s no new tenant for the building yet, but there are already some people eyeing the space.