Italian Bistro to open in former Restaurant 155 space at First and Market

WICHITA — A third new Italian restaurant is coming to Wichita.

Kas Zendeli, who owns Bravo’s Italiani in Valley Center, is opening Italian Bistro in the former Restaurant 155 space in the Market Centre downtown at First and Market.

This follows news from Melad Stephan, who is opening Luca Italian Kitchen in his former Uptown Bistro space in Old Town Square later this month.

Bocco Deli owner Nathan Toubia, who used to work for Lidia’s in Kansas City, also is opening an Italian restaurant. His as-of-yet-unnamed business is coming soon to the former Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe space near Central and Oliver.

Zendeli, who is Albanian, plans a traditional Italian menu for his new restaurant. He’s keeping his Valley Center restaurant, too.

Is he a glutton for punishment having two restaurants in two cities?

“Every business is punishment,” Zendeli says. “Since 1969 I’m in this punishment.”

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Ferguson Enterprises to open 7,000-square-foot Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery in downtown Wichita

WICHITA — Ferguson Enterprises is expanding its business in Wichita with a new 7,000-square-foot downtown showroom called Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery.

The Newport News, Va.-based company sells plumbing, appliances and lighting fixtures out of a 1,500-square-foot showroom at 2222 W. Harry.

It also sells heating and air equipment and has commercial and industrial pipe valves and fittings at its 45,000-square-foot campus there.

The company isn’t moving but is adding a new showroom at 1210 E. Douglas, which is two blocks east of Douglas and Washington on the north side of the road. The Anchor is catty-corner across the street.

“We picked downtown because we wanted to make sure we met the needs of both the east and the west side of Wichita,” says president and general manager Jeremy Zellers.

Also, he says, “The downtown area is certainly becoming more of a design district.”

He says that fits with the company’s concept for a high-end destination design showroom.

Of Ferguson’s 1,300 stores nationally, 150 of them have these showrooms.

“They’re pretty unique in the markets,” Zellers says. “It’s just designed real well.”

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Complete Nutrition to open at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Complete Nutrition is opening its second Wichita site, this time at NewMarket Square.

“NewMarket is almost just like a whole different city over there,” says Complete Nutrition’s Austin Schweitzer.

The store, which sells vitamins, fitness supplements and weight-loss products, opened its first Wichita site at Towne East Square in October.

The NewMarket store will open Monday “if we pull an all-nighter Sunday,” Schweitzer says.

It will be in the former Affordable Supplements space.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. represented the landlord, and Christi and Kirk Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Complete Nutrition.