Bravo restaurant to open on East Douglas

WICHITA — Another new restaurant is going into 217 E. Douglas, and this time it’s a familiar name.

Kas Zendeli is opening Bravo there. That’s where Holy land Mediterranean Grill most recently was along with Onyx Bistro and DK Kitchen before that.

Zendeli closed his Bravo in Valley Center due to what he calls “not enough business support.”

Last year, he also briefly had Italian Bistro at the Market Centre downtown at First and Market where Restaurant 155 once was.

Zendeli says he thinks the Douglas space will be good despite what’s proving to be a difficult start.

“A lot of things are going bad,” he says. “Small details.”

There’s a chance the restaurant could open by late this week, though. Zendeli says Bravo will open by Oct. 1 at the latest.

The menu will be similar to his previous restaurants, with Italian-influenced chicken, seafood and pasta dishes.

Bravo will be open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Zendeli has high hopes for the restaurant.

“This is a better location.”

DK Kitchen is closed after not quite five months

WICHITA — After not quite five months in business, DK Kitchen has closed.

Owner Douglas “D.J.” Pitts says he “just couldn’t sustain a business as far as customer traffic goes.”

He says he needed only 30 or 40 diners a day, and with thousands of downtown workers he didn’t think that would be a problem.

Pitts doesn’t blame the location at 217 E. Douglas even though several other restaurants also have failed there.

“If I had more money to open a restaurant . . . obviously there probably are better locations.”

Pitts had 626 Douglas at 626 E. Douglas downtown in 2004 for about a year.

He also was the chef for a while at the now-closed Bella Donna.

Pitts isn’t sure what he’ll do next.

“I’m just kind of taking a step back,” he says.

He’s still committed to food, though.

“It is what I do.

Douglas Pitts says reopening his own place was a natural

WICHITA — Douglas “D.J.” Pitts wasn’t available to comment Friday afternoon when Have You Heard? reported that he would open DK Kitchen at 217 E. Douglas today.

But he’s happy to talk about why he’s opening another place.

“Honestly, it’s what I do,” Pitts says.

He opened 626 Douglas downtown in 2004. It lasted for about a year.

Pitts also was the chef for a while at the now-closed Bella Donna.

Opening his own place again was natural, he says.

“It’s not simply a vocation or a profession to me.”

Pitts says he thinks he has something to contribute to Wichita in a culinary sense.

“The flavor profiles are a little different from what I’ve seen in the market,” he says.

His new restaurant (named for his and his wife Kelly’s first initials) will be more casual than 626 Douglas, with mostly soups, salads and sandwiches. He says the spirit is the same, though.

“It’s the same food philosophy and the same execution.”

Douglas “D.J.” Pitts to return downtown with a new restaurant

WICHITA — Douglas “D.J.” Pitts is returning downtown with a new restaurant concept.

Pitts first opened 626 Douglas in 2004 at 626 E. Douglas.

He’s now opening D&K Kitchen at 217 E. Douglas in the former Stang space next to Athena Jewelry.

So says Athena owner Sophokles “Steve” Anthimides, who says he’s leasing Pitts the space.

Pitts couldn’t be reached for comment.

Anthimides says D&K will serve American and French cuisine.

He says the new restaurant initially will be open only for lunch. Hours eventually will expand.

One restaurant deal that won’t happen for Anthimides is Eaton Steakhouse reopening in the former Lancers space in Century Plaza at Douglas and Main.

“I changed my mind on that,” Anthimides says.

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