WICHITA — Almost since it opened in September 2012, Doo-Dah Diner has been Wichita’s “it” restaurant.
On Sunday, all 92 seats in the restaurant’s small space at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Market were filled within 12 minutes of its 8 a.m. opening.
Now, the business is going to more than double in size, but it’s not for more seats.
Owners Timirie and Patrick Shibley are adding 3,000 square feet to their existing 2,000 square feet for more retail, a second kitchen and office space.
“Right now the drink station and I share an office,” Timirie Shibley says.
Patrick Shibley is Doo-Dah’s chef.
“It’s just going to give Patrick more creative freedom,” Timirie Shibley says of the additional space.
The restaurant will continue to be open 7 a.m.to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. With the expansion, which should be complete late this summer, the new retail side will be open until 6 p.m. for customers to buy to-go meals.
“Everybody has begged us to be open for dinner,” Timirie Shibley says. “That’s our version of being open for dinner.”
She says it will allow her husband to expand his bread baking as well.
“Our kitchen is just so maxed out back there,” Timirie Shibley says of the current space.
The new retail area will have bottles of Doo-Dah’s pancake syrup, green chili sauce and caramel sauce along with its biscuit and pancake mixes.