Former d’Sozo chef Miguel Larcher to open Garden Grill Cafe at Occidental Plaza

WICHITA — Former d’Sozo chef Miguel Larcher is preparing to open his own restaurant.

Larcher plans Garden Grill Cafe for 1,675 square feet on the first floor of Occidental Plaza at 300 N. Main St. There also will be an outdoor patio.

“It will be all vegan,” Larcher says of his menu.

Larcher grew up in Martinique, where he attended culinary school at age 16. Eventually he attended another culinary school in Nice, France, before coming to the United States 20 years ago.

Initially, the Garden Grill will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Saturdays, when it will be closed.

There also will be brunch on Sunday and dinner by reservation only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Larcher hopes to open by late September or early October at the latest. A month after opening, he says he’ll add breakfasts to his daily servings.

He also plans a smoothie and juice bar.

Entrees will rotate each week, but Larcher says each day of the week will offer a different theme, such as Creole, Italian or French cuisine, among others.

Stephanie Wiens of Occidental Management and Jad Wolf and Shannon Palmer of KW Commercial Hometown Partners handled the deal for the space.

This leaves only one 2,400-square-foot vacancy within Occidental Plaza.

 

D’Sozo chef now owns the vegan restaurant and is renaming it after himself

WICHITA — Some diners might fear d’Sozo, the vegan restaurant and market at 1812 S. Seneca, is closed for good.

It is, but not to worry.

The restaurant is taking a break for the holidays, and Chef Miguel Larcher will reopen it Jan. 3 under a new name.

He’s the new owner of the restaurant, so he’s naming it Miguel Larcher for himself.

“Everything is basically the same,” says former owner Larry Cook. “It’s just a name change.”

Cook still owns the building and all of the restaurant’s equipment.

“You know, I’m a developer, and that’s all I do,” he says. “I’m just trying to do … my thing that I do best.”

Larcher grew up in Martinique, where he attended culinary school at age 16. Eventually he attended another culinary school in Nice, France, before coming to the United States 20 years ago.

Cook says it makes sense for Larcher to own the business.

“He’s the chef that has been running the whole show.”