Fizz Burgers & Bottles to open in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza

WICHITA — A planned bistro in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza isn’t going to happen, but a high-end hamburger restaurant will instead.

Scott Bergeson is opening Fizz Burgers & Bottles — at least that’s the working name — in early September at the development at 37th and Rock Road.

Siena is a Caro Development property.

Amici closed following a fire in June 2008.

“We’re starting from scratch,” Bergeson says. “It’s pretty much like a brand-new building.”

Bergeson is opening the restaurant with backing from his father, David Bergeson, a former investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who now is a consultant.

Scott Bergeson has been in the restaurant business in Wichita for two decades.

The restaurant will seat 60 inside and another 40 to 50 people on a patio.

“We want to do something simple — simple but really good,” Scott Bergeson says.

Fresh food is particularly important to him.

“We’re not even going to have a freezer in the place,” he says.

Along with burgers, Bergeson says he’ll have salads and sandwiches, all of which he hopes to add a creative twist to, though not too far out.

“Not scary, but still high end.”

Shapiro brothers to open new restaurant in former Amici space and remodel Liquid

WICHITA — The new year could shape up to be a better one for Bryan Shapiro than the last several years.

“We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on,” he says.

First, he and his brother, Keith, are opening a new bistro in the former Amici space in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock.

“We haven’t even named it yet,” Shapiro says.

He says they’re planning something along the lines of a neighborhood bar with good food.”

Shapiro wants people to be able to pop in, have a martini, watch a game or relax on the patio.

Look for the restaurant to open in late March.

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