WICHITA — A new Italian restaurant is opening in the former Bocconcini Italian Eatery space near Central and Oliver, and many Wichitans will recognize the owner.
“I’m going independent,” says Hassan Ballout, who has been at Bella Luna Cafe on East Central for a decade.
“I’m going to open my own little show.”
Ballout is Lebanese, but he says, “I love Italian food.”
He plans to call the restaurant Albero Cafe.
Ballout says “albero” means “tree” in Italian.
“My last name, Ballout, means oaks, an oak tree,” he says.
Also, Ballout says, his daughter and niece like the name, so that won over some others he was considering.
“You can only grow so much with any company,” he says.