Daily Archives: Nov. 18, 2013

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“Support living artists. The dead ones don’t need it.”

– Sculptor Chris Gulick, speaking at the Wichita Art Museum Friday about works in his collection that were done by local artists

Beautiful Day Cafe to open near Central and Grove, but not for another year

dayWICHITA — Almost every restaurant seems to take months longer to open than expected, but Charolett Knapic’s is taking a while even by those loose standards.

That doesn’t mean her Beautiful Day Cafe isn’t happening, though, or that she’s any less excited about it.

“I’m passionate about it again,” says Knapic, who first announced her plans in August 2011.

Originally, she wanted to do a downtown market and small cafe. Then Knapic rethought the business.

“I wanted something bigger than just a small cafe.”

Now, she’s purchased a 1,500-square-foot building at 2516 E. Central, which is near Central and Grove, for the cafe and very small market.

“Eventually it will have Echo Landscapes’ garage and office in there, but that’s down the road a ways,” Kanpic says of her landscaping business.

She hopes the businesses can enhance each other.

Knapic comes from a farming family and also has a background in greenhouse management and commercial planting. With neighboring green space at her new property, she plans a community display garden where she’ll grow herbs, vegetables and fruit. Knapic says she wants to develop it with permaculture principles of feeding the soil, making it rich and regenerative.

“A lot of it is just old-time common sense,” she says.

When not growing her own food, Knapic says she wants to use locally sourced food and “as organic as possible food.”

“I like knowing where the food is coming from,” she says. “I like supporting our local people.”

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China Wok Express to open in former Taco Tico on North Broadway

WICHITA — A new Chinese restaurant is opening in the former Taco Tico space on North Broadway.

Hui Yang is opening China Wok Express at 929 N. Broadway sometime in January most likely.

An e-mail from Yang’s family says: “We’ll serve Chinese fast food, such as chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, vegetables and many others. . . . The concept is: more categories, more taste, and more health.”

The family says it chose that location because of its proximity to downtown, hospitals and hotels.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Yang has worked in Chinese restaurants for several years in the past, and the family says she “would like to have her own business to serve the community with Chinese cuisine.”

The e-mail adds, “Sure (she) also wants to make money.”