Riverside Cafe South to open Friday

WICHITA — Paul Cohlmia’s Riverside Cafe South is set to open Friday.

The restaurant, which will be in the center at the southwest corner of Pawnee and Meridian, will replace Cohlmia’s Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn because he says Dollar General is interested in putting a store there.

Cohlmia says this location will open at 5 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays unlike 6 a.m. at his other restaurants.

“There’s a bunch of industrial shops that … we might help out for breakfast,” he says.

The restaurant will be open until 8 p.m. daily except for Sundays when it will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riverside Cafe South is opening in the former Crazy Horse Saloon space.

“But we’re not serving alcohol,” Cohlmia says. “Sorry.”

Paul Cohlmia’s east-side Riverside restaurant to reopen on the south side

WICHITA — Paul Cohlmia is reopening his east-side restaurant, but not on the east side.

He’s opening Riverside Cafe South in the center on the southwest corner of Pawnee and Meridian. The almost-3,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of restaurants.

“For my customers, I think I’m hitting a niche right over there,” Cohlmia says.

Still, he’s sorry for his east-side customers.

“I tried to find something, but I couldn’t, really,” he says of economical space.

Cohlmia had to close Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn because he says Dollar General is interested in putting a store there.

His original Riverside Cafe is in Riverside, and he has one in Derby as well.

The south-side restaurant will open sometime in April.

“We miss our customers out east,” Cohlmia says. He hopes they come to the new restaurant, as some of them having been doing at his other restaurants.

“Some of them have been coming in, thank goodness.”

Riverside Too may have to move

WICHITA — It looks like Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn may need a new home.

Dollar General is interested in putting a store at the intersection of Lincoln and Woodlawn.

Paul Cohlmia, whose original Riverside Cafe is in Riverside, opened the second one in the former Livingston’s Cafe in 2010.

If the Dollar General deal happens, it sounds like he most likely will try to keep Riverside Too open in another spot.

We’ll let you know what happens.

You don’t say

“Lord almighty. … I need to put a sign on my back and say, ‘I’m not selling the restaurant.’”

Riverside Cafe owner Paul Cohlmia, who continues to field questions since his landlord placed a real estate sign on his building in an attempt to sell the shopping center on West 13th Street

Riverside Cafe not closing despite sale sign

WICHITA — Some panicked Riverside Cafe fans are concerned about a J.P. Weigand & Sons sale sign on the building at 739 W. 13th St.

“The landlord’s selling the shopping center,” says Riverside owner Paul Cohlmia. “We tried to get him to take it off … you know, put it on something else, because everybody’s freaking.”

Cohlmia says he has no plans to close.

He has had some tax trouble, though. Cohlmia says he got behind on about $11,000 in state sales taxes.

“When I was putting in the Derby restaurant, I just kind of neglected some stuff,” he says of his Riverside Cafe of Derby, which opened last year.

“To me, it’s not a real big deal,” Cohlmia says.

For customers, though, it’s further cause for worry.

Cohlmia says it was “stupid” to get behind, but he says he’s on a payment plan and now owes only $3,500.

 

You don’t say

“That’s my business partner.”

Paul Cohlmia, referring to Murphy’s Law, which he said is to blame for the delayed debut Thursday of his Riverside Cafe of Derby

Riverside Cafe of Derby to open this summer

WICHITA — Riverside will no longer be exclusive to Wichita.

Riverside Cafe, that is.

Paul and Heather Cohlmia own the restaurant on West 13th Street in Wichita’s Riverside neighborhood along with Riverside Too, which they opened last year in the former Livingston’s Cafe space at 924 S. Woodlawn.

Now, they’re preparing to open Riverside Cafe of Derby at 824 N. Baltimore.

“It’s old Derby,” Paul Cohlmia says.

He’s going to offer the same family-style dishes he has at his other restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“There’s probably not any family-cooked meals there the way we do it here,” Cohlmia says.

The restaurant, which will be in 3,000 square feet, will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is the same hours as his other restaurants.

Cohlmia expects to open in late August or early September.

Riverside Too set to open Thursday

WICHITA — Paul Cohlmia is set to open his new Riverside Too Thursday in the former Livingston’s Cafe at 924 S. Woodlawn.

Riverside Too will feature the same menu as Cohlmia’s Riverside Cafe on W. 13th Street in Riverside.

“Everything’s the same,” Cohlmia says of his two restaurants.

The interior eventually will look the same as well. Cohlmia says he’s already painted the new space the same, and within a month or two he’ll have old pictures of Wichita hanging on the walls like he does in his other cafe.

Hours are the same, too: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bob Livingston and his wife still will own Livingston’s Diner at 832 N. Webb and Jeanne’s Cafe in Lincoln Heights Village at Douglas and Oliver.

Livingston’s Cafe sells to Riverside Cafe owner Paul Cohlmia

WICHITA — Bob Livingston isn’t ready to retire, but he turned 65 years old today and is ready to slow down.

He and his wife, Jeanne, have sold their Livingston’s Cafe at 924 S. Woodlawn to Riverside Cafe owner Paul Cohlmia.

“We’re not quitting,” Livingston says. “But it’s time for me to start cutting back.”

He and his wife still will own Livingston’s Diner at 832 N. Webb and Jeanne’s Cafe in Lincoln Heights Village at Douglas and Oliver.

Livingston says he’s not interested in selling those restaurants.

“Not at this point.”

Cohlmia plans to rename Livingston’s Riverside Too.

“It’s going to be similar to this,” he says of his current restaurant.

He’ll offer the same menu as Riverside Cafe and will feature old pictures of Wichita on the walls.

The Livingstons’ last day in operation is March 7, and Cohlmia will open a few days later.